Organ Donation Art Commission - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Deadline: 15/03/2018  |  Published: 20/02/2018  |  City: Sheffield  |  Region: South Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Danielle Parker-Jessop

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We are inviting proposals from artists who would like to create an art installation, intended to recognise and celebrate organ donation. It will be located prominently at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Organ Donation

Currently there are around 6,500 people on the UK national transplant waiting list and, over the last year, over 500 people died whilst on the waiting list. Each donor is precious as only around 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor.In the Sheffield region, there are currently 120 people on the active transplant list, waiting for that all important call. 

The Northern General Hospital

The Northern General is the largest hospital campus within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spanning 100 acres. It is situated approximately three miles from the hospitals at the central campus and is easily accessed via the M1 motorway.The hospital has over 1100 beds and employs more than 16,000 staff.

Artist Brief

We are inviting proposals from artists who would like to create an art installation, intended to recognise and celebrate organ donation. It will be located prominently at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

In addition, the following criteria must be met:

  •  Artwork may be wall based. The allocated wall space is indoors and the dimensions are detailed below.  We would also consider ideas for free standing pieces; however in this case they would need be suitable for display outdoors.
  • It should honour those who have donated organs and to give thanks to their families.

  • It should raise the profile of this very important service and inspire the general public to support organ donation.

  • Artwork should evoke interest and enrich the environment.  

  • Ideally the artwork will be contemporary, bright, and colourful.

  • Artwork should meet all the infection control and health & safety requirements.

  • The artwork must not obstruct the areas in any way as they are used for access and fire exits. We are unable to use glass in our hospitals, but acrylic can be used as a substitute.

Ideas and themes

Designs should:

  • Reflect the values involved in organ donation e.g. remembrance, reflection, recognition, generosity, kindness, hope, selflessness, charity, life saving.
  • Reflect the themes of organ donation which view it as a ‘special gift’ or the ‘gift of life’.
  • Not be viewed solely as a memorial, but should also be celebratory of those who have benefitted and whose lives that have been saved.


  • Maximum measurements: 335cm wide x 280cm high (if wall based).
  • The artist will be required to work with the Sheffield Organ Donation Service Team and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Arts Coordinator.       
  • Durable material must be used. All materials should comply with the Trust’s health & safety, infection control and fire safety regulations. It must be easy to clean, have no sharp edges, be fire retardant and should not create any trip, or health and safety hazards. 


The proposed location is at the Chesterman entrance to the Northern General Hospital. The decor is neutral, with the walls painted off-white and the flooring a pale blue.

Deadline for applications - Thursday 15th March 2018. 

Please note that only shortlisted artists will be contacted. The proposals will be presented to patients and staff and we may interview artists by phone, if we feel there is a need to do so. 

We hope to make our selection and notify the successful candidate by Tuesday 10th April.

Budget - £5000 inclusive of all artists’ fees, materials, delivery and must be inclusive of VAT.  Installation costs may be covered by the Trust.

Timescale - The artwork must be completed by Friday 26th August 2018.

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


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When is the deadline?
15th March
When is the delivery date?
26th August
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