Paintings in Hospitals

Paintings in Hospitals Paintings in Hospitals is a national charity dedicated to using world-class art to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients and carers in the UK.
Paintings in Hospitals' mission is to transform the UK's health by using world-class art to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients, carers and communities. Studies show that art can help us stay well, aid our recovery, and support us to live longer, healthier lives. We believe everybody should have the opportunity to experience these benefits. We are committed to bringing great art to everyone through our artwork loans and art activities in all types of healthcare and social care. We work in partnership with patients and carers to transform and humanise clinical environments using art. Through creative workshops, we empower patients and carers with the skills and voice to make their own decisions about art and their care experience. By working together, and sharing our knowledge, we aim to create care spaces that support the wellbeing and enrich the lives of everyone.

We've just added a new activity guide for making bird sculptures, inspired by Roger Hardy's 'St Ives Seagull'! This acti...
21/05/2020
Activity guide: Air Drying Clay Birds

We've just added a new activity guide for making bird sculptures, inspired by Roger Hardy's 'St Ives Seagull'! This activity is designed to provide a range of sensory experiences in any care setting.

“It reminds me of my sailing days.”

#CREATEWELL2020

Residents at Hartismere Place care home made their own sculptures in this creative activity inspired by Roger Hardy. Try making your own!

Normally at this time of year, 100s of you would be joining us for our exhibition and Connect event at Menier Gallery in...
19/05/2020
Connect 2019 - 11/06/2019 18:00:00

Normally at this time of year, 100s of you would be joining us for our exhibition and Connect event at Menier Gallery in partnership with London Arts in Health Forum. Sadly, we can't hold the physical event this year but we'll be sharing our work and joining chats online for #CreativityandWellbeing Week 2020.

Following four sold-out years, our Connect networking evening has become a major feature in the arts & health calendar. Join us in June!

It's #CreativityandWellbeing AND #MentalHealthAwareness Week! Art supports our physical, mental and social health. We'll...
18/05/2020
Case studies

It's #CreativityandWellbeing AND #MentalHealthAwareness Week! Art supports our physical, mental and social health. We'll be sharing case studies of our work to bring these benefits to people, as well as sharing activity resources and more.

#CREATEWELL2020

Art has the power to transform quality of life for patients and carers. Our growing collection of new case studies demonstrate the depth, breadth and impact of Paintings in Hospitals' work with healthcare and social care users and providers across the UK. Feel free to use our case studies to make a....

“No museums are asking to display my first still life painting, but I feel just a little bit more peaceful from the proc...
14/05/2020
Zoom with a view: how lockdown art classes are booming online

“No museums are asking to display my first still life painting, but I feel just a little bit more peaceful from the process.” 🎨👍

Quarantine has led to a rise in those with and without artistic experience heading online for a range of immersive classes

‪‘Art is a great way to connect’Houses, roads and shops all over the UK have been redecorated and reinvigorated during l...
12/05/2020
'This made me smile': our readers' favourite coronavirus street art

‪‘Art is a great way to connect’

Houses, roads and shops all over the UK have been redecorated and reinvigorated during lockdown.

#artsandhealth #wellbeing‬

Houses, roads and shops all over the UK have been redecorated and reinvigorated during lockdown

“Art and poetry make what cannot be seen or said visible and heard. For nurses, our presence is needed both at the bedsi...
12/05/2020
Nurses Heard and Seen With 2020 Vision

“Art and poetry make what cannot be seen or said visible and heard. For nurses, our presence is needed both at the bedside and at the board table. Let us not be missing in art, in action, nor in positions of influence again.”

Today is International Nurses' Day and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale! Marion Lynch, nurse and Paintings in Hospitals trustee, marks the day with a vision of nursing in 2020.

#InternationalNursesDay #artsinhealth #FlorenceNightingale

Professor Marion Lynch marks International Nurses' Day and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale with a vision of nursing in 2020...

“They are all such beautiful paintings and I wish we could have them all.”Dominic, Loans Coordinator for Paintings in Ho...
06/05/2020
Sticks & Stories: Bringing art to St Michael’s Hospice

“They are all such beautiful paintings and I wish we could have them all.”

Dominic, Loans Coordinator for Paintings in Hospitals, tells us about bringing the wellbeing benefits of art to the patients and staff at St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford.

Dominic, Loans Coordinator for Paintings in Hospitals, tells us about bringing the wellbeing benefits of nature and art to St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford...

#MaternalMentalHealthWeek starts today. Did you know that depression and anxiety can often surface during and after preg...
04/05/2020
Supporting Expectant Mothers at Milton Keynes Hospital

#MaternalMentalHealthWeek starts today. Did you know that depression and anxiety can often surface during and after pregnancy? That's why our mindfulness exhibition Linear Meditations is now supporting expectant mums in the antenatal unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

We're giving expectant mums some extra support in the form of our mindfulness exhibition ‘Linear Meditations’...

“I have never seen some of the patients so involved and so happy.”We worked with the wonderful St Michael's Hospice - He...
30/04/2020
Case Study: Art and Activities for Hospice Patients and Staff

“I have never seen some of the patients so involved and so happy.”

We worked with the wonderful St Michael's Hospice - Hereford to bring art and creativity to their patients and care staff. Find out more in our case study - with art activity resources to download too.

St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford, helps people affected by terminal illnesses live life to the fullest. Find out how we worked with their patients and staff to bring art to the heart of the hospice...

We can't visit the vulnerable patients and care staff we support due to COVID19. So we're making these downloadable acti...
29/04/2020
Activity guide: Sticks & Stories

We can't visit the vulnerable patients and care staff we support due to COVID19. So we're making these downloadable activity guides for you to recreate our art workshops for health and wellbeing anywhere! Hope you like 😊

#nevermoreneeded #artsandhealth

Patients and care staff at St Michael's Hospice took part in this creative activity inspired by artist Jill Rock. Now you can try it too!

Join the #TwoPointSixChallenge this Sunday to raise vital funds for our work to support patients and healthcare workers ...
24/04/2020
The 2.6 Challenge: we need you!

Join the #TwoPointSixChallenge this Sunday to raise vital funds for our work to support patients and healthcare workers across the country! All you have to do is think of an activity based on the numbers 2 and 6, fundraise or donate, and complete your activity on 26 April!

Can you join us this Sunday to raise money for Paintings in Hospitals?

A-N is offering bursaries of £500 - £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. Deadl...
23/04/2020
a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money - open for applications - a-n The Artists Information Company

A-N is offering bursaries of £500 - £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 7 May 2020. #supportartists

a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £500 - £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19. We’ve brought the application process forward for the next round of a-n Bursaries, and are also working with Arts Council England to dist...

“Over the years of being a carer I have learnt that finding breathing space (mentally and physically) is important...”A ...
23/04/2020
Mah Rana: Well-making Spaces | CHWA

“Over the years of being a carer I have learnt that finding breathing space (mentally and physically) is important...”

A great blog about creating well-making spaces to build our resilience, disperse anxiety and find ways of coping with the unexpected.

' I enjoy creating a well-making space in my mother’s home where both my mother and I can breathe, de-stress, and attend to self-care through acts of creativity.' A reflective blog from artist/researcher and carer Mah Rana exploring the power of creating well-making spaces in unsettling times.

“Every time I see those finished projects, I feel strength. My art is my story.” Artist Emily McGuigan tells us how art ...
23/04/2020
‘Art helped me through my longest depressive episode’

“Every time I see those finished projects, I feel strength. My art is my story.”

Artist Emily McGuigan tells us how art helped her to face her trauma and to begin the healing process. Part of the #60Voices blog series exploring how art supports us all.

Emily McGuigan, artist, shares a personal story about how art helped her to face past trauma and begin the healing process…

“As a conduit for connection and wellness, art remains as powerful a force as ever.” 👏How best to bring the benefits of ...
22/04/2020
What Relevance Can Art Have for Frontline Providers Right Now?

“As a conduit for connection and wellness, art remains as powerful a force as ever.” 👏

How best to bring the benefits of art to care staff at this difficult time? Paintings in Hospitals' artworks are out there in 180 different care institutions - and they are more important than ever.

A museum educator, who generally works with medical students in the galleries, considers the healing potential of art.

Balraj Khanna hopes that his paintings can lift or even liberate your mood. His work is showcased in our latest art coll...
21/04/2020
Collection Highlight: Balraj Khanna

Balraj Khanna hopes that his paintings can lift or even liberate your mood. His work is showcased in our latest art collection highlight. Find out more about this influential Indian artist.

Balraj Khanna is an influential Indian artist whose works are a celebration of the act of creating...

Don't miss our new Collection Highlights, showcasing some of our favourite artists and their artworks in the Paintings i...
16/04/2020
Collection Highlight: Quentin Blake

Don't miss our new Collection Highlights, showcasing some of our favourite artists and their artworks in the Paintings in Hospitals collection, including this illustration by the wonderful Quentin Blake!

#CultureinQuarantine #StayHome #artsinhealth

Quentin Blake is one of the country’s most-loved illustrators, famous amongst children and adults alike...

Why not have a peek at our new Collection Highlights, showcasing some of our favourite artists in the Paintings in Hospi...
14/04/2020
Collection Highlight: Anni Albers

Why not have a peek at our new Collection Highlights, showcasing some of our favourite artists in the Paintings in Hospitals collection, including Anni Albers, Carol Rhodes, and Quentin Blake!

#CultureinQuarantine #StayHome #artsinhealth

Anni Albers was a weaver and printmaker who inspired a reconsideration of fabrics as art...

You can now experience our mindful exhibition online! Linear Meditations is designed to help relieve stress and anxiety....
08/04/2020
Linear Meditations

You can now experience our mindful exhibition online! Linear Meditations is designed to help relieve stress and anxiety. It features beautiful art by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and mindfulness audio to try! 🎧😌

#StayHome #CultureinQuarantine #artsinhealth

Experience our mindful exhibition online to relieve stress and anxiety, featuring works by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham...

“What is stress? It’s worrying about something in the future. Art is now.” 🙌🏻 #CultureinQuarantine #artshealthwellbeing ...
04/04/2020
David Hockney urges us to escape lockdown through a pencil

“What is stress? It’s worrying about something in the future. Art is now.” 🙌🏻

#CultureinQuarantine #artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

The artist, who has splashed joyous spring colours over our anxieties, is on a roll, sequestered in France

The United Nations​ needs the help of artists and other creatives to engage and inform people across different cultures ...
03/04/2020
United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives

The United Nations​ needs the help of artists and other creatives to engage and inform people across different cultures and platforms. The shortlisted work will reach everyone, everywhere. Find out more after the link!

#CultureinQuarantine #ArtsAndHealth

Join Talenthouse, The World Health Organization, and The United Nations in combating Covid-19. Learn how you can do your part.

Free online art courses to do at your own pace from MoMA The Museum of Modern Art!#CultureInQuarantine #createtoconnect ...
02/04/2020
MoMA is offering free online art courses you can take from home

Free online art courses to do at your own pace from MoMA The Museum of Modern Art!

#CultureInQuarantine #createtoconnect #culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

It will probably be a while before your next visit to the Museum of Modern Art—though you can still take a podcast tour of the collection or visit it online. Bu

“One of the things that art does well – and has done for hundreds of years – is to investigate challenging human experie...
01/04/2020
Art in times of crisis

“One of the things that art does well – and has done for hundreds of years – is to investigate challenging human experiences.”

People often think that prioritising art in a time of crisis is counterintuitive but Professor Jill Bennett says it’s very important.

Scientia Professor Jill Bennett says the arts offer useful ways of dealing with complex mental health and emotional challenges.

“The source of art is love” 💐David Hockney shares 10 of his most recent works for us all to enjoy, along with his though...
01/04/2020
Exclusive Hockney drawings offer 'respite from news'

“The source of art is love” 💐

David Hockney shares 10 of his most recent works for us all to enjoy, along with his thoughts on the role of art in life.

#CultureinQuarantine #creativequarantine #CreateToConnect

The artist, who's in lockdown in Normandy, shares 10 soothing paintings of the springtime.

We may not be able to go out to visit museums and galleries right now but there are 1000s of creative and cultural exper...
27/03/2020
Stay inspired while staying home

We may not be able to go out to visit museums and galleries right now but there are 1000s of creative and cultural experiences available from the comfort of our couches! Here's a list of some of our favourites 😁

#CultureinQuarantine #creativeconnections #StayHome

A list of our favourite creative and cultural things to do from the comfort of your couch...

“In times of disruption, isolation and anxiety, the arts comfort us, connect us and keep us well.” Read our latest blog ...
23/03/2020
The arts matter. Now, more than ever.

“In times of disruption, isolation and anxiety, the arts comfort us, connect us and keep us well.”

Read our latest blog for creativity ideas in isolation! 👩‍🎨🖼️📚💻🧶💃

#culturehealth #CreateToConnect #COVID19 #StayAtHome

In times of disruption, isolation and anxiety, the arts comfort us, connect us and keep us well...

We're delighted to announce that Sandra Bruce-Gordon will join us as Director of Paintings in Hospitals from late April....
20/03/2020
Paintings in Hospitals Appoints New Director

We're delighted to announce that Sandra Bruce-Gordon will join us as Director of Paintings in Hospitals from late April.

Sandra is a leading figure in development of cultural and public services. Find out more Sandra after the link.

#artsinhealth #artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sandra Bruce-Gordon as Director of the charity from the end of April 2020...

In light of the latest guidance on tackling COVID-19, we must prioritise the wellbeing of our team and the vulnerable pe...
17/03/2020
Coronavirus update

In light of the latest guidance on tackling COVID-19, we must prioritise the wellbeing of our team and the vulnerable people we work with. For that reason, we are temporarily changing the way we work...but our mission continues! Read our full update after the link.

In line with latest guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be temporarily changing the way we work...

We're looking for an enthusiastic #volunteer near London and two near Cardiff to help us care for the Paintings in Hospi...
10/03/2020
Become a Paintings in Hospitals volunteer

We're looking for an enthusiastic #volunteer near London and two near Cardiff to help us care for the Paintings in Hospitals art collection! Find out more about the roles after the link.

We just wouldn't be able to continue our mission to inspire better health without the help of our brilliant volunteers. We take volunteering seriously and aim to make it as rewarding as possible for you. “In Paintings in Hospitals, I saw a chance to offer something back to the community. I've....

Creative arts therapist Jane Gronow joins our #60Voices series to share a personal and life-changing journey through a c...
09/03/2020
‘I felt moved to pick up a brush’

Creative arts therapist Jane Gronow joins our #60Voices series to share a personal and life-changing journey through a cancer diagnosis.

#artshealthwellbeing #letscreate #creativehealth #cancer

Creative arts therapist Jane Gronow joins our 60 Voices series to share a personal and life-changing journey through a cancer diagnosis...

Inspired by the visit of the National Gallery's Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece last year, 'In Her Footsteps' is our n...
09/03/2020
New All-Female Exhibition Opens at Yorkshire GP Practice

Inspired by the visit of the National Gallery's Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece last year, 'In Her Footsteps' is our new exhibition by women artists at Pocklington Group Practice, Yorkshire. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020

'In Her Footsteps' is inspired by the hugely successful visit of the National Gallery's Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece...

“Shapes and forms speak to us, smoothness soothes us, touch heals... we should pepper our temples of healing with nouris...
28/02/2020
‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’

“Shapes and forms speak to us, smoothness soothes us, touch heals... we should pepper our temples of healing with nourishment for the soul, with art in the broadest sense.”

Dr Mary E Black, public health doctor, joins our 60 Years, 60 Voices blog series. Read on after the link!

Dr Mary Black, public health doctor and trustee of Paintings in Hospitals, share a personal perspective of our connection with objects...

“I worked with remarkable older women. In their care home, we drew, painted, printed and cast our hands.”Artist Margaret...
12/02/2020
‘Hands On: a brief history at Paintings in Hospitals’

“I worked with remarkable older women. In their care home, we drew, painted, printed and cast our hands.”

Artist Margaret Proudfoot shares memories of 20 years of involvement with our charity!

#artsinhealth #CreativityMatters #olderpeople #60Voices

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51 Southwark Street
London
SE1 1RU

General information

Paintings in Hospitals is the country's leading national arts in health charity. Founded in 1959, our 60 years of experience has enabled us to develop a unique art collection of 4,000 museum-quality artworks specially for healthcare and social care. Our art ranges from paintings and drawings to sculptures and animations, some by the world’s greatest artists. All types of health and social care sites can borrow art from our collection. This includes, but is not limited to: hospitals, hospices, care homes, GP surgeries, healthy living centres, SEN schools, dental surgeries and mental health facilities. To enable you and your service users to get the most from our artworks, we offer creative activities that provide the knowledge and confidence to engage with visual art. These activities often involve service users choosing the artworks they want for display, giving them a say in their own care experience. We're recognised by The Department of Health, NHS and Arts Council England as a leading provider of arts in health services. Our practice is recognised as best practice by the Care Quality Commission.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

+442074073222

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Paintings in Hospitals aims to transform the UK's health by using world-class art to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients, carers and communities.

Studies show that art can help us stay well, aid our recovery from illness and injury, and support us to live longer, more fulfilling lives. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience these benefits.

Paintings in Hospitals is committed to bringing world-class art to everybody by providing artwork loans and art activities to all types of healthcare and social care.

We work in partnership with patients and carers to transform and humanise clinical environments using museum-quality art from our collection. Through art activities and creative workshops, we empower patients and carers with the skills and voice to make their own decisions about art, their care environment and their care experience.

By working together in this way, and sharing our knowledge, Paintings in Hospitals can create care spaces that support the wellbeing and enrich the lives of everyone.

Please show your support for our mission by sharing our message and making a donation to help us achieve even more.

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