Linda Bell: Hospital Rooms commission at Springfield University Hospital

Linda Bell was commissioned by Hospital Rooms to create a new, permanent artwork for the Springfield University Hospital in South West London.

Through her multifaceted approach, Linda explores the sensory nature of materials such as foil, fabric and paper, inviting participants to transform the materials as they engage with them through movement, interaction and performance. Linda shared her sculptural performance practice with the Share Community during a series of workshops within the Share Garden at Springfield Hospital in May 2022. Participants worked alongside Linda to create large-scale artworks for adornment and experimental movement performances.

For Linda’s permanent installation at Springfield University Hospital, a film composed of footage from the workshops was produced and is installed alongside mounted photographs of Linda and the group. These works explore the relationship between the artist, work, collaborator and viewer, inviting you to share in Linda’s playful approach to making. The installation can be found near the reception at the hospital.


In September 2022 Linda presented an interactive event at Hauser & Wirth as part of Hospital Room’s exhibition ‘Like There is Hope and I Can Dream of Another World’. Find out more about the event and exhibition.

A screening of the film and installation was installed at Studio Voltaire in January 2023. Find out more about the installation.


About Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK. As part of the development of two new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, Hospital Rooms have commissioned 20 major artworks to transform how hospital wards are experienced by patients, service users and staff. Artists will lead numerous imaginative and adventurous art workshops at the existing Springfield Hospital from January to June 2022. This programme will engage a wide spectrum of the community in a meaningful collaborative experience and ensure the new environments have an affinity with the people who encounter them.


Photo credit: Damien Griffiths

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