The Nightingale Project works with artists and designers to make hospitals and health centres more welcoming, to make the environment more therapeutic. A selection of projects is shown below: click on the individual images to see more on each project.

  • Peter Bailey

      In 2007 the Nightingale Project presented an exhibition of the ‘Lyons Lithographs’ of 1947 – 1955. In those post-war years, catering giant J. Lyons & Co. commissioned, to hang in their tea shops, three series of lithographs from some of Britain’s most popular artists – including Edward Bawden, John Piper, John Minton, William Scott […]

  • Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service: St Charles Hospital

    In 2018 the Grenfell Service has opened a second site to provide therapy services to people affected by the fire, at St Charles Hospital. Once again the Nightingale Project was asked to create a welcoming reception area – a space that was not aloof and institutional, but one which felt friendly and approachable for the community, with whom CNWL NHS […]

  • Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service: The Curve

    Following the Grenfell Tower Fire in June 2017, The Nightingale Project was asked to create a soothing environment at The Curve, where the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service took over one floor to provide therapy services to people affected by the fire. We designed a reception and waiting area that contained mostly blue, watery images, which we […]

  • Sir Paul Smith: Ganges Ward

    In 2017 we worked with the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith to transform a previously uninspiring interior environment on Ganges Ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington. ​Paul was immensely generous – he and his team donated the entire project to the ward. Using ‘The Artist Stripe’ – a set of eight colours that he has used in various clothes and […]

  • Camille Walala: Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

    In 2017, the Nightingale Project welcomed the London-based French graphic artist Camille Walala to Park Royal Centre for Mental Health. The Centre had a plain, off-white reception area that lacked warmth and individuality. So we asked Camille to design a mural scheme to inject some life and love into this area. Later Camille returned to […]

    August 2017
    Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

  • Quentin Blake, Hillingdon Child Development Centre

    In Summer 2012 Quentin Blake completed a set of work for the Hillingdon Child Development Centre, which moved into a new home at Hillingdon Hospital.

    Summer 2012
    Child Development Centre, Hillingdon Hospital

  • Ian Beck, Ellington Ward

    For the newly refurbished older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park, Harrow, we commissioned illustrator Ian Beck to produce a series of drawings of Charlie Chaplin and other stars of early cinema and music hall.

    Spring 2012
    Ellington Ward, Northwick Park Hospital

  • Beryl Bainbridge

    Beryl Bainbridge had an undisputed place as one of the finest British novelists of her era, famously being nominated five times for the Booker Prize. What was almost unknown during her lifetime, however, was that she was also a remarkable painter.

    Autumn 2011
    South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre

  • Richard Rodney Bennett: Collages

    In 2010 the Nightingale Project presented the first ever exhibition of Richard Rodney Bennett’s collages. Subsequently we assisted him in organising exhibitions of his collages at the Wimbledon Music Fesival, the Lewis Elton Gallery, Surrey, the Holt Festival, Norfolk, and the Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire.

    June - December 2010

  • Tippett Quartet and Soojung Lim play in aid of the Nightingale Project

    In March 2010 The Nightingale Project staged a successful fundraising concert at the Purcell Room to raise funds to buy works of art for Park Royal Centre for Mental Health.

    March 2010
    Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

  • Fundraising Concert with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

    The concert featured the jazz-inspired music produced by composers in 1920s Berlin, when composers like Kurt Weill and Erwin Schulhoff were incorporating the new ‘Hot Music’ from America into their musical language, creating a style of music that seemed to embody the modernity of Weimar Germany.

    16 September 2011

  • A Sense of Enquiry: Paintings by Will Alsop

    Will Alsop is one of Britain’s best-known architects: most famous in the UK for Peckham Library, for which he won the Stirling Prize, and more recently for the acclaimed Chips building in Manchester, he has designed numerous buildings internationally.

    December 2009 – May 2010

  • Stephen Hough plays for inpatients at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

    On January 25th world-renowned pianist Stephen Hough visited Park Royal Centre for Mental Health to play a concert to inpatients – who came from several different wards to listen to the recital.

    25 January 2010
    Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

  • Thrills Up Ahead! Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Cut-outs and Constructions by Jonny Hannah.

    Jonny Hannah is one of the outstanding illustrators of his generation.

    September – November 2009
    South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre

  • Peter Blake exhibition in association with For Arts Sake, Ealing.

    For Arts Sake presented an exhibition of prints by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake, with a proportion of proceeds being donated to the Nightingale Project.

    4th October 2009
    For Arts Sake

  • Quentin Blake: Our Friends in the Circus

    Quentin was asked to produce a set of drawings for Ellington Ward, the older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.

    April to July 2009:
    Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

  • Quentin Blake at the Gordon Hospital, Pimlico

    Quentin was asked to create some pictures for the reception area of the Gordon Hospital, an adult mental health hospital in Pimlico.

    Gordon Hospital, Pimlico

  • Will Alsop at St Charles Hospital

    Will Alsop is well-known as an architect who paints. In 2008 he offered to come into a ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington, to run a series of painting workshops with mental health inpatients.

    St Charles Hospital

  • Edwin La Dell

    Edwin La Dell (1914-1970) was a highly influential figure in British printmaking. and was Head of Printmaking at the Royal  College of Art.

    October 2008 to March 2009
    South Kensington and Chelsea MHC

  • Ian Beck: The Butterfingers Pictures

    This exhibition presented the latest illustrations of Ian Beck, described in the Times as ‘one of Britain’s greatest illustrators’.

    March – September 2007

  • Tea and a Slice of Art: The Lyons Lithographs

    In the years after the Second World War, J.Lyons and Co commissioned leading British artists of the time, such as L.S.Lowry, Duncan Grant, Edward Ardizzone and Edward Bawden to create lithographs to decorate the 250 Lyons teashops.

    November 2007 to March 2008
    South Kensington & Chelsea

  • Paul Cox at St Charles Hospital

    Illustrator Paul Cox, well-known for his work for such papers as The Telegraph and Sunday Times, and his illustrations for many books including for The Folio Society, created a major series of fifteen watercolour paintings for the reception area, waiting room and stairwells at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington.

    St Charles Hospital, North Kensington

  • Quentin Blake: Sixty New Drawings

    Having completed the sixteen drawings for the main corridors, sitting and dining rooms of Kershaw Ward, Quentin was asked to do a drawing for each of the nineteen bedrooms.

    October 2006-February 2007:
    Kershaw Ward

  • Quentin Blake: The Kershaw Pictures

    Quentin Blake, Britain’s most celebrated illustrator, for the first time created a set of pictures especially for a hospital. These drawings were exhibited temporarily alongside some of Quentin’s  preparatory sketches in our outpatients’ department, and larger versions installed permanently in Kershaw Ward.

    May-September 2006:
    Kershaw Ward

  • Jonny Hannah: Works from the Cakes and Ale Press, featuring Jelly Roll, Rocket Man, Satchmo and Stovies.

    Jonny Hannah studied at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1998.

    September 2005- February 2006:

  • Hannah Firmin: A selection of work from the last twenty years

    Hannah Firmin has worked as an illustrator since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1981.


  • Ian Beck: Illustrations for Children’s Books 1984-2004

    Ian Beck is one of the most distinguished contemporary children’s book illustrators, having produced over fifty books.


  • Christopher Corr: Big Car, New Haircut, Places to See

    Christopher Corr is a London-based painter and illustrator who travels the world painting people, colourful places, big cars, beautiful buildings and dogs.