The Creative Voucher scheme enabled small and medium sized businesses to partner with an arts & humanities-based researcher from one of Creativeworks London’s partner institutions. This section shows all of the projects that we have supported. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Creative Voucher Scheme

Vital Arts and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

SME Partner

Rachel Louis, Vital Arts

Academic Partner

Patricia Austin and Luise Vormittag, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

Project Title

How can the population of the Royal London’s Renal Unit transform their micro-locality through art and design interventions?

Project Description

Rachel Louis and Patricia Austin’s project started with an observation: The Renal Unit at the Royal London Hospital has over 1,200 patients, with each patient required to spend 15 hour a week receiving dialysis, and a 80% chance of never receiving a kidney transplant, a significant portion of their lives are spent in hospital. Their answer, explore ways of improving patient experiences at the micro-locality via activities and design interventions, engage and enrich patient experience, ultimately building a sense of place and community.

To this end the pair began by consulting patients and staff at the Royal London Hospital, looking to understanding their wants and needs. This research fed into a report containing a literature review, exploration of existing hospital interventions, and details of acceptable research methodology and ethical issues. In the report three potential projects were outlined:


1. a blanket designed in consultation with patients
2. a cookbook made up of recipes from the renal ward community
3. a live stream of nature webcams, displayed on large screens embedded into the ceiling above patient beds


In consultation with the hospital the first and third concept were deemed to present logistical problems. The blanket would be an issue for the NHS cleaners, whilst the live stream received authorisation from the IT department, Health & Safety teams and Fire Safety it wasn’t financially viable.

However, the cookbook was piloted combining the national cuisines of patients with the knowledge of NHS dieticians. The project resulted in a series of sample recipe cards that were distributed to patients and a short youtube documentary.

For Vital Arts the project has helped develop relations with senior staff and contractors, it has also given them an opportunity to explore and adapt to the challenges of working with the NHS and the many considerations they are concerned with.

The partnership has made a proposal to the Barts Charity to continue the cookbook project.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.