Opportunity to exhibit in brand new gallery at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield

Deadline: 31/01/2020  |  Published: 07/01/2020  |  Venue: Northern General Hospital  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Mir Jansen

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In April 2020 we are opening our brand new gallery at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and we are looking for an artist who can kick off our exhibition programme. The gallery will have a daily footfall of around 750 patients, visitors and staff. Artwork can be offered for sale. We ask for a 20% donation of sales to the Arts in Health fund managed by Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

We are looking for artists and groups to display 2D artwork in our brand new exhibition space at the Northern General Hospital. The gallery has been set up in a prominent corridor in the hospital, close to both the Huntsman main entrance and the dining hall that is used by patients, staff and visitors.

The gallery is due to open in April 2020 and this will be our first exhibition.

The Northern General Hospital

The Northern General is the largest hospital campus within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is situated approximately three miles from the hospitals at the Central Campus and is easily accessed via the M1 motorway and public transport.The hospital has over 1100 beds and employs around 6000 staff.

The aim of the exhibition programme is to:

  • Enhance the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff by making it feel brighter and more welcoming
  • To help patients and visitors feel more relaxed in our hospital by showing beautiful, calming and interesting artworks to look at
  • Provide the opportunity for artists to exhibit their work professionally in a busy public space

We’re looking for 2D artwork that:

  • has an uplifting, positive feel 
  • appeals to a wide audience
  • is sensitive to its setting and the people who view it.  As such it should not offend or upset and the subject matter should not refer to illness or death
  • is not landscape photography

Dependent on size of the artworks there is space to hang around 24 pictures. Maximum height for an artwork is 100cm, maximum weight per 2m rail is 80kg.

Duration of the exhibition is 6 months (this will be confirmed in the agreement) and during the exhibition the artworks cannot be removed.

Please note that glass is not permitted within our hospitals.  Pictures must be framed using a poly-carbonate substitute that can be cleaned using a damp cloth.

Artworks will be hung using our secure hang/lock system. As such the back of the artwork should be fitted with 2 D-rings (minimum 15mm wide).  We will provide details once artist is selected.

A list of works (with the price of each work if the work is for sale) should be sent to the Arts Coordinator in advance of the agreed exhibition start date. No work shall be priced in excess of £5000. 

The artist should ensure that the work is insured during transportation and the exhibition period.


There is no charge for using the space.  Should anyone wish to purchase the artwork on display then the buyer will contact the artist directly to arrange payment and collection/ delivery after the exhibition period has ended.    

If an artwork is sold then the artists should inform the Arts Coordinator and a red dot will be placed next to the sold artwork.  The artist should keep a record of works sold and details of buyers.

A recommended donation of 20% of the sale price can be made directly to the Arts in Health Department via Sheffield Hospitals Charity.  

To apply to exhibit you should:

Provide a short biography (250 words max.) and proposal (250 words max) with examples of the work you intend to display. Please make sure your contact details, website and/or social media details are provided so we can see your work and get in touch.

Tell us the number of artworks you wish to exhibit and their framed size.

Confirm that you have insurance to cover your work while in transport and on display during the exhibition period.


The Gallery Selection Team will consider the applications and select a candidate on the strength of their application and the information that they provide.

Deadline for applications -  Friday 31st January 2020 (5pm) 

We aim to make our selection and notify the successful candidate by 21st February 2020 and an exhibition agreement will be sent to the artist for their approval and signature.

We hope to open our first exhibition around mid April 2020 and will confirm this with the artist as soon as we know when the Gallery hanging system is installed.   



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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
artists working in 2-D (but not landscape photography)
When is the deadline?
Friday 31st January 2020, 5pm
How many works can I submit?
Depends on size. There is space for up to 24 artworks if size is approx. 50cm wide (framed)
When is the delivery date?
This will be confirmed with the artist selected. We anticipate early to mid April 2020
When do I need to collect my work?
This will be confirmed with the artist. We anticipate early to mid September 2020
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to use the space but we expect the artist to frame the work following our instructions and to have the work insured during transportation and exhibition period
Are there payments to artists?
Artwork can be offered for sale and we expect 20% of sale price to be donated to the Arts in Health fund managed by Sheffield Hospitals Charity
Is there a private view / opening?
This can be arranged and will be discussed with the artist
What are the exhibition opening hours?
24/7 every day of the year - exhibition will accessible during hospital opening hours as it is a public space
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
we will announce the exhibition details internally via our Sheffield Teaching Hospitals communications team and the Sheffield Hospitals Charity communication team. This will include press releases to local media and may involve a press call where artist will be asked to be present.
Do I need to be present?
For installation and de-installation only. The work will be safely installed with our security hanging system.
Where will my venue be listed?
This is our first exhibition but we will use our local arts and culture contacts to ensure the exhibition is widely advertised
How do you decide on proposals?
See application criteria. We have a selection team consisting of arts coordinator, patient governor and 2 senior staff members from our hospital who will make the choice
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact you directly on or soon after 21st February. If your proposal is not chosen then we may decide to keep your work on file for future opportunities unless otherwise stated by you.

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