Artwork Spotlight: Fanny Shorter

The aim of our art and design programme has always centred around improving patient experience in hospital environments, which are typically seen as anxiety and stress-inducing. The artwork in our hospitals remains on permanent display, and we hope that our existing interventions at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital continue to promote healing and positivity for patients and staff during these unprecedented times.

Fanny Shorter is a designer and printmaker. Her work is largely inspired by her quintessentially English upbringing. Growing up in Winchester, Shorter was surrounded by historic architecture and the idyllic countryside which have undoubtedly inspired her designs. The vibrant, idiosyncratic, and colourful prints and patterns on the books, plates, cushions rugs, and wallpaper in her childhood home, combined with her love of nature, have further influenced both her works and how these are manufactured.

Fanny Shorter, Pear
Fanny Shorter, Fig Agni
Fanny Shorter, Fig Dawn

Shorter originally trained as an illustrator at Brighton University; her clients now include Twinings, the Cutty Sark, the Wellcome Collection, and Mr Jones Watches. From her studio at Cockpit Arts in London, she has established a range of textiles, prints and accessories which are stocked by William Morris Gallery, Liberty, and the Southbank Centre.

CW+ commissioned these works as part of the creation of the Reuben Foundation Maternity Centre, where her contemporary twist on natural English illustrations can be enjoyed by patients, their families, and staff. The prints are located in the maternity ward on the third floor of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.