Artwork at Queen Mary
Queen Mary’s five campuses boast an array of important artworks. Browse the art and click on the image to find out more about each piece.
Additional artworks include:
Our recently opened Graduate Centre also hosts a variety of works that illustrate Queen Mary’s commitment to contemporary art, including:
- Mentis (2017) is a sculpture displayed by the entrance to the building, which was created by Hannah Stewart in steel and stone resin. This sculpture was created as a result of a design competition run by QMSU on the theme of mental health. This winning design is by Sophia Álvarez Barnes, a student at Queen Mary.
- Molten Staircase (2014; oil, oil pastel, iron oxide and cigarettes on canvas) hangs in the top floor common room; and Ruined Banquet (2014; oil and mixed media on canvas) hangs in the ground floor café. Both works are by Lee Maelzer, a London-based artist with a BA from Central St Martins College of Art and Design and an MA from the Royal College of Art. Maelzer exhibits widely in London and abroad.
- Advance to Go (2016) by Jan Levy is based on the Monopoly Board. She describes it as ‘as artistic study of economic turmoil experienced globally since 2007.’ Detailed drawing and a bold use of colour encourage the viewer to reflect on how property and finance have changed in London since the first London version of the Monopoly board was designed in the 1930s. The artwork depicts Whitechapel Road, the Bank of England, Ladbrokes, the Battersea Power Station, and the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall.
- Art for Tomorrow (2017). This portfolio of ten original prints was commissioned from artists who have participated in exhibitions at Jesus College, Cambridge in recent years. The prints, which are displayed throughout the building, were hand-printed by the Print Studio, Cambridge, and each copy is signed by the artist. Works include Stephen Chambers R.A, State of the Union; Jake and Dinos Chapman, The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth but not the mineral rights; Richard Long R.A., Mud Hand; John McLean, Nebuchadnezzar; David Mach R.A., Better Red than Dead; Humphrey Ocean R.A., Car; Cornelia Parker R.A., Tumbling Ice; Lucy Skaer, Lapiz Lazuli 100% natural top quality marble tile for sale 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm 50 pieces; Agnès Thornauer, Land and Language; and Alison Wilding R.A., Collider.
The art collection at St Bartholomew’s Hospital includes works by Hogarth, Millais and Reynolds. The museum displays many of the treasures of the hospital within the Grade I listed North Wing. From the museum, visitors can see the staircase adorned with William Hogarth’s Christ at the Pool of Bethesda, which is still used to teach medical students about the illnesses depicted in the picture.
You can browse all the oil paintings from the hospital’s collections at BBC Your Paintings.