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.

“Being creative can enrich our ability to adapt and promote both patient safety and wellbeing. Herein lies the real art ...
22/01/2020
‘The art of medicine: a portfolio career’

“Being creative can enrich our ability to adapt and promote both patient safety and wellbeing. Herein lies the real art of medicine.”

Eleanor Wilson, final year medical student at UCL, joins our #60Voices to tell us how creativity can enhance medical education and practice.

#culturehealth

Eleanor Wilson, a final year medical student at University College London, tells us how creativity can enhance medical education and practice...

Do you believe in the power of art to inspire wellbeing?👩‍🎨 We have two opportunities to join our team in London - as Lo...
22/01/2020
Join our team

Do you believe in the power of art to inspire wellbeing?👩‍🎨 We have two opportunities to join our team in London - as Loans Coordinator and as Director. Applications close on 10th Feb. Full info after the link. #charityjobs #culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

We're always on the lookout for creative, ambitious and hard-working people to join us on our arts and health mission. This is the first place we post all of our available jobs. Alternatively, if you're looking for a voluntary role, you can find more info here.

"a source of comfort when comfort mattered most"Andrew Hochhauser, Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, joins our #60Voices ...
20/01/2020
‘Art is a source of comfort when it matters most’

"a source of comfort when comfort mattered most"

Andrew Hochhauser, Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, joins our #60Voices to share a personal story of art in end of life care.

#PEOLC

Andrew Hochhauser QC, Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, shares with us a personal story of the power of art in end of life care...

We're looking for an enthusiastic #volunteer in London to help us deliver an upcoming exhibition exploring the 60-year h...
13/01/2020
Project Volunteer

We're looking for an enthusiastic #volunteer in London to help us deliver an upcoming exhibition exploring the 60-year history of Paintings in Hospitals as part of #CreativityandWellbeing Week 2020.

Paintings in Hospitals is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer in London to help us deliver an upcoming exhibition...

We are looking for a new Director to take Paintings in Hospitals through its next exciting phase of development! (It is ...
10/01/2020
Opportunity: Director

We are looking for a new Director to take Paintings in Hospitals through its next exciting phase of development! (It is a great organisation to work for 😄) Full info after the link. #artsjobs #charityjobs #culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

We are looking for a dynamic and efficient new leader to take Paintings in Hospitals through the next phase of development...

The next touring venue for our #mindfulness exhibition ‘Linear Meditations’ is the Antenatal Day Assessment Unit and Obs...
09/01/2020
Supporting Expectant Mothers at Milton Keynes University Hospital

The next touring venue for our #mindfulness exhibition ‘Linear Meditations’ is the Antenatal Day Assessment Unit and Obstetric Ultrasound area at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust!

#culturehealth Arts for Health - Milton Keynes

We're delighted to announce the next touring venue for our mindfulness exhibition ‘Linear Meditations’...

We're back - Happy New Year! Stephen Crampton-Hayward, Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, recounts his ...
09/01/2020
‘Being ill is horrible enough, no need to make it worse’

We're back - Happy New Year! Stephen Crampton-Hayward, Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, recounts his early memories of hospitals, a polar bear, and the impact of an inconsiderate patient environment...

#60Voices #ThursdayThoughts #culturehealth #artsinhealth

Stephen Crampton-Hayward, Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, recounts his early memories of hospitals and the impact of an inconsiderate patient environment…

Inspired by the hugely successful visit of the National Gallery's Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece earlier this year, w...
19/12/2019
New All-Female Exhibition Opens at Yorkshire GP Practice

Inspired by the hugely successful visit of the National Gallery's Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece earlier this year, we're delighted to announce 'In Her Footsteps', a new exhibition by women artists at Pocklington Group Practice, Yorkshire. Artists include Bridget Riley, Anni Albers, Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Maggi Hambling, Mary Fedden, Sushila Singh and more.

Inspired by the hugely successful visit of the National Gallery's Gentileschi masterpiece, Paintings in Hospitals is delighted to announce 'In Her Footsteps'...

So glad your residents enjoyed the workshop! 👩‍🎨👨‍🎨
26/11/2019

So glad your residents enjoyed the workshop! 👩‍🎨👨‍🎨

Our residents had a fantastic time becoming creative at the Still Life Workshop with Paintings in Hospitals

Thank you to everyone who has placed a bid in our online fundraising auction - you've raised almost £12,000 so far. Onli...
25/11/2019
60th Anniversary Gala Dinner - 25/11/2019 18:30:00

Thank you to everyone who has placed a bid in our online fundraising auction - you've raised almost £12,000 so far.
Online bids have now ended but bidding will continue at the Paintings in Hospitals 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner this evening.

Join us to celebrate 60 years of Paintings in Hospitals at the breathtaking Drapers' Hall...

This limited edition 64-page artist’s book by Julian Opie, contains 16 lithographic, five Lambda and five screenprint po...
22/11/2019

This limited edition 64-page artist’s book by Julian Opie, contains 16 lithographic, five Lambda and five screenprint portraits! It's available in our anniversary #fundraising #auction. https://www.pih-auction.com/

Online bidding for our 60th Anniversary #auction is now open! 🎉 You can help us bring art and inspiration to many more p...
20/11/2019
60th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Online bidding for our 60th Anniversary #auction is now open! 🎉

You can help us bring art and inspiration to many more patients and carers.

View all lots (including this beautiful Marc Quinn print) and place your bids!

Bid on exclusive money can't buy items & experiences with Paintings In Hospitals. Enter into one of our charity auctions, prize draws or buy exclusive items now.

We're seeking two enthusiastic volunteers to help us draft new interpretation labels for our artworks on display across ...
24/10/2019
Interpretation Volunteer (Home Based)

We're seeking two enthusiastic volunteers to help us draft new interpretation labels for our artworks on display across the country! Apply via the link before 5pm, 29th November.

#artshealthwellbeing #wellbeingwednesday #volunteer #volunteering

Paintings in Hospitals is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to help us provide outstanding interpretative labels for our artworks...

Don't miss this fantastic retrospective of Bridget Riley, one of our Artist Patrons, at the Hayward Gallery at Southbank...
22/10/2019
Bridget Riley review – a shimmering, rolling, flickering spectacular

Don't miss this fantastic retrospective of Bridget Riley, one of our Artist Patrons, at the Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre from tomorrow. (Worth a trip!)

#bridgetriley #artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

Bursting with movement and energy, always remaining in the here and now, Riley’s paintings give their pleasures generously

"Run by a largely volunteer staff, who work (in theory) part-time, but who it is obviously apparent give their heart and...
16/10/2019
Painting in Hospitals by Robin Stemp from The Artist December 1989

"Run by a largely volunteer staff, who work (in theory) part-time, but who it is obviously apparent give their heart and soul to the venture."

A fascinating insight into Paintings in Hospitals 30 years ago. What a long way we've come! Courtesy of The Artist magazine archives.

As Painting in Hospitals celebrates it's 60th anniversary, read this article by Robin Stemp from 30 years ago.

"Working for an arts-in-health charity, I am often overjoyed by the number of care organisations that embrace our servic...
15/10/2019
‘Arts in health is not about replacing a dialyser with a Dalí’

"Working for an arts-in-health charity, I am often overjoyed by the number of care organisations that embrace our services and stunned by those who still dismiss such a valuable health intervention."

Thomas Walshaw, our communications and development manager, writes an opinion piece in Nursing Times today.

Working for an arts-in-health charity, I am often overjoyed by the number of care organisati...

"The case is proven for the systematic implementation of arts programmes in the health and social care sector..."Chris A...
10/10/2019
‘The jury is no longer out’: Chris Annus on the proven case for art in health and social care

"The case is proven for the systematic implementation of arts programmes in the health and social care sector..."

Chris Annus, Service Innovation and Evaluation Manager for the British Heart Foundation, tells us about the history of art in healthcare and where we need to go from here.

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth #60Voices

Chris Annus, trustee of Paintings in Hospitals, tells us about the history of art in healthcare and where the sector needs to go from here...

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. If you didn't already know, art eases depression and anxiety; increases self-worth and s...
10/10/2019
70 Ways Art Improves Our Health

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. If you didn't already know, art eases depression and anxiety; increases self-worth and self-esteem; and encourages and supports those who have been marginalised to re-engage with the world. Plus so much more...

#culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

We're celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service with a daily countdown of 70 ways art has contributed to the nation’s physical, mental and social health. Follow the countdown on our Twitter and Instagram...

It's #NationalPoetryDay! Did you know that poetry has been found to help combat depression?#artshealthwellbeing #culture...
03/10/2019
Poetry can help us combat depression

It's #NationalPoetryDay! Did you know that poetry has been found to help combat depression?

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

Number 28 in our countdown of '70 Ways Art Improves Our Health' highlights the role of poetry in easing depression...

We're delighted to announce a new partnership to bring the Jerwood Collection to patients and carers.#artshealthwellbein...
02/10/2019
New partnership to bring Jerwood Collection to care

We're delighted to announce a new partnership to bring the Jerwood Collection to patients and carers.

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth #WellbeingWednesday

We’re delighted to announce that Paintings in Hospitals is partnering with Jerwood Collection...

If you're at #FriezeMasters this week, don't miss #MichaelCraigMartin drawings from 1967 to 2012. Michael is a great sup...
02/10/2019
Art Fairs

If you're at #FriezeMasters this week, don't miss #MichaelCraigMartin drawings from 1967 to 2012. Michael is a great supporter of Paintings in Hospitals and this is a rare opportunity to see the historical development of his work. (You can also buy one of his beautiful prints on our website: https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/shop/michael-craig-martin 😉)

At Frieze Masters 2019, Alan Cristea Gallery (Booth F19) will present a solo display of drawings by Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941). All the works on display come from the artist’s personal archive and the presentation will include over 60 pieces dating from the 1960s to 2012.

We have a great opportunity for a passionate volunteer to help us care for our art collection at our London office 🖼️ Fi...
26/09/2019
Collection Audit Volunteer (London Office)

We have a great opportunity for a passionate volunteer to help us care for our art collection at our London office 🖼️ Find out more via the link.

#volunteer #museums #collections

We're seeking a passionate volunteer to help us care for the Paintings in Hospitals collection at our London office...

“In uncertain times, art provides a powerful antidote”Lucy Day, Founder Director Curator of A Woman's Place, joins our #...
25/09/2019
‘In uncertain times, art provides a powerful antidote’: Lucy Day on art for a sustainable, equal society

“In uncertain times, art provides a powerful antidote”

Lucy Day, Founder Director Curator of A Woman's Place, joins our #60Voices to talk about the impact of art in both her professional and personal lives.

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth #wellbeingwednesday

Lucy Day, Director Curator of A Woman’s Place Project, tells us about the role of art in both her professional and personal lives...

“Makes me think of my childhood…when I used to skive school travelling on the Tube.” Read a new case study of our art ac...
24/09/2019
Coopers Court: Arts Engagement Activity for Older Residents

“Makes me think of my childhood…when I used to skive school travelling on the Tube.”

Read a new case study of our art activity with the lively (and slightly cheeky) residents of Coopers Court.

#ArtsinCareHomes

Situated in a busy area of Greater London, Coopers Court provides apartments and communal facilities for over 55s. Find out how we worked in partnership with their residents...

Today is the first-ever National Day for #ArtsinCareHomes! 🙌 Paintings in Hospitals currently works with residents and s...
24/09/2019
National Day of Arts in Care Homes

Today is the first-ever National Day for #ArtsinCareHomes! 🙌 Paintings in Hospitals currently works with residents and staff at 21 care homes across the country. To celebrate today, we're releasing a series of art in care homes case studies.

Find out more via the link!

Paintings in Hospitals is releasing a series of case studies to mark the first-ever national day dedicated to the benefits of arts in care homes...

We're looking for a passionate volunteer to help us care for and audit our art collection at our London office. Find out...
05/09/2019
Collection Audit Volunteer (London Office)

We're looking for a passionate volunteer to help us care for and audit our art collection at our London office. Find out more after the link.

We're seeking a passionate volunteer to help us care for the Paintings in Hospitals collection at our London office...

“65% of people think that arts and culture are good for wellbeing.”Not exactly brand new information. But always happy t...
03/09/2019
Visiting Art Galleries Makes You Happy, New Study Finds

“65% of people think that arts and culture are good for wellbeing.”

Not exactly brand new information. But always happy to see yet more evidence!

In further news: Greece in discussion with France about Parthenon frieze loan; ICA LA plan to become first solar powered museum

“Too many times, too many weeks, too many months in waiting rooms... I hate Monet.” Watch artist and author Edmund de Wa...
21/08/2019
‘What’s wrong with Monet in a corridor?’: Edmund de Waal on the problem with ‘passive’ hospital art

“Too many times, too many weeks, too many months in waiting rooms... I hate Monet.”

Watch artist and author Edmund de Waal give his provocation at Framing the Future, our panel on future of arts in health.

#60Voices #culturehealth #WednesdayWisdom #artsinhealth

Watch acclaimed artist and author Edmund de Waal give his provocation at Framing the Future, our panel event debating the future of arts in health...

‘Arts provide a bridge back to ourselves and to others’Watch Dr Val Huet, CEO of BAAT - The British Association of Art T...
07/08/2019
‘Arts provide a bridge back to ourselves and to others’: Dr Val Huet on the importance of art in our children's lives

‘Arts provide a bridge back to ourselves and to others’

Watch Dr Val Huet, CEO of BAAT - The British Association of Art Therapists, give her provocation at Framing the Future, our panel event debating the future of #artsinhealth.

#60Voices #culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

Watch Dr Val Huet, CEO of British Assoc. of Art Therapists, give her provocation at Framing the Future, our panel event debating the future of arts in health...

‘Fine arts in every care setting’ 👏Watch Victoria Tischler, Professor of #ArtsandHealth at University of West London, gi...
31/07/2019
‘Fine arts in every care setting’: Professor Victoria Tischler sets out her vision of creative care for older people

‘Fine arts in every care setting’ 👏

Watch Victoria Tischler, Professor of #ArtsandHealth at University of West London, give her provocation at Framing the Future, our panel event debating the future of arts in health. Part of our #60Voices series.

Watch Victoria Tischler, Professor of Arts & Health at University of West London, give her provocation at Framing the Future, our panel event debating the future of arts in health...

Susan Langford MBE, director and founder of Magic Me on the power of intergenerational arts. #60Voices #artshealthwellbe...
19/07/2019
‘New ways to communicate’: Susan Langford MBE on intergenerational arts

Susan Langford MBE, director and founder of Magic Me on the power of intergenerational arts.

#60Voices #artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

Susan Langford MBE is the director and founder of intergenerational arts charity Magic Me. Here, she tells us more about the charity’s work and its name...

"It is wonderful to think that some of these paintings, some of these lives, have spent time in hospitals, watching over...
16/07/2019
‘Mortal objects’: Christian Donlan on the intimate link between art and life

"It is wonderful to think that some of these paintings, some of these lives, have spent time in hospitals, watching over the beds and the corridors, bringing the light of life to the wards."

Christian Donlan, author of The Unmapped Mind: A Memoir of Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning How to Live, joins our #60Voices. #artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

Christian Donlan is a writer and author of The Unmapped Mind. Here, he tells us about his learning following a serious diagnosis...

"My art could express what was unspeakable; it offered me language when I was silenced by my misery. All I had to do was...
12/07/2019
Doctors couldn't diagnose my mental health problems. But then they saw my art

"My art could express what was unspeakable; it offered me language when I was silenced by my misery. All I had to do was pick up a brush..."

Brilliant article about art's power to communicate.

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth

I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic side

“How powerful art is that it can enable people to be viewed in a different light, as having a narrative, and not existin...
10/07/2019
'Art to inform and improve care': Emma Barnard on the power of art to influence medicine

“How powerful art is that it can enable people to be viewed in a different light, as having a narrative, and not existing simply as a diagnosis.”

Artist Emma Barnard on art's power to influence medicine in our latest #60Voices.

Emma Barnard is a visual artist whose practice bridges art, medicine and medical education. Here, she tells us more about her work...

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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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