Hospital Rooms - SWLSTG Phoenix Unit

Hospital Rooms have worked in collaboration with South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust to commission artists including Nick Knight,  Gavin Turk and Assemble to refurbish the Phoenix Unit, a secure psychiatric rehabilitation unit at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting.


Participating artists: Nick Knight,  Assemble, Gavin Turk, Mark Power & Jo Coles, Sophie Clements, Steve Macleod, Aimee Parrott, Michael O'Reilly, Tim A Shaw, Joh Bates

The Phoenix Unit is a secure psychiatric rehabilitation residential ward up to 18 patients who suffer with schizophrenia. Each artist was allocated a space within the unit to renovate and worked with clinicians, consultants, occupational therapists and the Trust on any necessary physical, logistic and hygiene considerations. This means museum quality artwork could be safely installed in areas for vulnerable adults.

Our aims are to:

  • Create new, aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking artworks or installations in the Trust that go beyond pictures on the wall
  • Engage patients and staff in the development of each installation to instill a sense of pride in their environment
  •  Programme a series of tailored workshops where patients can develop their own artistic practice
  • Establish the Trust as an innovator and forward thinking health care institution
Some of the most creative and accomplished people that I have known have encountered difficulty with their mental health at one stage or another. It seems to me that making vulnerable patients’ environments pleasant and stimulating is of the utmost importance and would be conducive to recovery and recuperation.
— Nick Knight OBE, Photographer, Founder and Director of

Hospital Rooms is co founded by Niamh White and Tim A Shaw

Phoenix Unit Exhibition at Griffin Gallery : 1 - 12 July 2016

Phoenix Unit Exhibition at Griffin Gallery : 1 - 12 July 2016

In July 2016, Hospital Rooms collaborated with Griffin Gallery to showcase a collection of images showing the art installations that were created for Phoenix Unit alongside artworks made by the service users and staff.

Exhibition: 1 - 12 July 2016
Griffin Gallery
21 Evesham Street
London, W11 4AJ