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.

‘Fine arts in every care setting’ 👏Watch Victoria Tischler, Professor of #ArtsandHealth at University of West Lon...
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 exist...
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...

Happy 71st Birthday NHS! 🎉 Last year, we celebrated your big 7-0 with 70 articles in 70 days about the 70 Ways Art Im...
05/07/2019
70 Ways Art Improves Our Health

Happy 71st Birthday NHS! 🎉 Last year, we celebrated your big 7-0 with 70 articles in 70 days about the 70 Ways Art Improves Our Health. Any suggestions for number 71?

#NHS71 #ThankYouNHS #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...

"ageing posters that fail to change behaviour could be replaced with art that encourages reflection and has been shown t...
04/07/2019
Matt Morgan: Fixing our broken wards

"ageing posters that fail to change behaviour could be replaced with art that encourages reflection and has been shown to aid recovery."

Brilliant article from Dr Matt Morgan in the BMJ. Contact us for help introducing art into your care spaces!

As I reach the top of the staircase a faded sign reads, “Block A, Tower 3, Wards 7F and 6G.” Nobody really knows what these characters mean or how they help to navigate the twists of an ever changing, expanding hospital. A patient looks up and down at a clutched paper letter, wondering if they.....

"...art addresses people’s inner, emotional lives. The non-material side of life is a basic human need and indeed a hu...
25/06/2019
‘Art enhances daily life and reduces its many stresses’: Dame Stephanie Shirley on the power of art

"...art addresses people’s inner, emotional lives. The non-material side of life is a basic human need and indeed a human right – a necessary component of both mental and physical health."

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, entrepreneur and philanthropist, tells us why she believes art is important to all of our lives in our latest #60Voices article.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Patron of Paintings in Hospitals, tells us why she believes art is important to all of our lives...

"an image that brought him comfort and familiarity, and which had a certain vital glow and form that could raise his spi...
22/06/2019
Why Van Gogh Fell in Love with Sunflowers

"an image that brought him comfort and familiarity, and which had a certain vital glow and form that could raise his spirits in troubled times." 🌻

To the French artist, the “rustic sunflower” was something almost sacred, a symbol that represented light itself, an ideal of an honest life lived in nature.

This month Sir Michael Craig-Martin is taking over Bond Street, London, with an installation of his art on flags. He's a...
18/06/2019

This month Sir Michael Craig-Martin is taking over Bond Street, London, with an installation of his art on flags. He's also helping us to raise funds! If you'd like to own a print by him AND help us reach more patients and carers with our art, head here: https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/Pages/Shop/Default.aspx

#charitytuesday

"We know just how beneficial interacting with our artworks can be for both the mental and physical wellbeing of care use...
18/06/2019
'A Tale of Two Collections': Jodie Edwards on the history of Arts Council Collection and Paintings in Hospitals

"We know just how beneficial interacting with our artworks can be for both the mental and physical wellbeing of care users."

Jodie Edwards, Loans Coordinator for Arts Council Collection, tells the 'old-fashioned love story' of their partnership with Paintings in Hospitals.

Jodie Edwards of the Arts Council Collection tells the 'old-fashioned love story' of their partnership with Paintings in Hospitals...

“You don’t have to master painting or pottery or any other hobby to reap the benefits of practising it.” 👏
17/06/2019
Why We Shouldn’t Be Scrutinizing Seth Rogen’s Ceramics

“You don’t have to master painting or pottery or any other hobby to reap the benefits of practising it.” 👏

Seth Rogen picked up a creative hobby. We shouldn’t be discouraging him—and in turn, others—from making art.

Menier Gallery
12/06/2019

Menier Gallery

Art in Largest Doses is now open!

Paintings in Hospitals is back for their final year of their student mental health project with internationally-renowned art school Central Saint Martins, nurturing emergent curating talent to shape the future of arts in health.

As part of the Art in Largest Doses project, students from the BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation course at Central Saint Martins were asked to propose an art exhibition that will support the mental wellbeing of student patients at King's College London NHS Health Centre.

The innovative proposals will be showcased during Creativity and Wellbeing Week (10-16 June 2019).

The showcase is open to the public and free to visit during the day.

"MA Curating students don’t usually have to consider Infection Control, where the porters leave the cage trolleys, whe...
05/06/2019
‘Curate means to care’: Natalie Craven's confessions of a hospital art intern

"MA Curating students don’t usually have to consider Infection Control, where the porters leave the cage trolleys, where the oxygen tanks are stored..."

Natalie Craven, Public programmes officer at the Royal College of Physicians of London, tells us about her experience as a hospital art intern!

#60Voices

Natalie Craven, Public Programmes Officer at the Royal College of Physicians, recalls her early experience of the hospital art world...

"Each pattern flowed effortlessly into another, giving an outlet to my bottled-up emotions and anxieties. My worries wer...
17/05/2019
‘Art has seen me through trying times’: Anjali B Purkayastha on the meditative power of art

"Each pattern flowed effortlessly into another, giving an outlet to my bottled-up emotions and anxieties. My worries were now visual stories..."

Artist Anjali B Purkayastha joins our #60Voices!

#PiH60 #ArtsHealthWellbeing #artsinhealth #socialprescribing

Anjali B Purkayastha is an artist specialising in ink drawings inspired by Indian folk art. Here, she tells us how art helped her though a difficult period of upheaval and new motherhood...

We're so excited for #FramingtheFuture tonight! Edmund de Waal, Dr Errol Francis (Culture&), Dr Val Huet (BAAT - The Bri...
13/05/2019

We're so excited for #FramingtheFuture tonight! Edmund de Waal, Dr Errol Francis (Culture&), Dr Val Huet (BAAT - The British Association of Art Therapists), Prof Victoria Tischler (University of West London) & Ed Vaizey MP on the future of #artsinhealth. We'll be in the lovely Seligman Theatre at the Royal College of Physicians of London.

10/05/2019
National Gallery

The last chance to see Artemisia at Pocklington Group Practice tomorrow, 1.30–6pm. We'll also be running workshops to select a new display of art from our collection to celebrate groundbreaking women artists!

#ArtemisiaVisits

Artemisia spotted on the walls of a GP surgery in Yorkshire.

Artemisia’s second visit is to a GP surgery in Pocklington, Yorkshire. Patients and practice staff have been surprised, delighted and intrigued by the newest addition to the practice’s walls.

Following Artemisia’s visit to Pocklington Group Practice, the national charity Paintings in Hospitals will continue to work with patients and staff of the practice as well as Hull and York Medical School, to co-curate a display of artworks celebrating female artists.

See the painting of Artemisia as Saint Catherine of Alexandria this Saturday (11 May) at the special community-viewing afternoon at Pocklington General Practice, including workshops for all ages, from 1.30 to 6pm. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2LyVERv

We're so happy to say that Paintings in Hospitals is one of just four charities shortlisted for the Special Recognition ...
03/05/2019
Paintings in Hospitals shortlisted for national charity award

We're so happy to say that Paintings in Hospitals is one of just four charities shortlisted for the Special Recognition Award at the UK-wide Charity Today Awards! 😁

#culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing #charitytodayawards

We're thrilled to announce that Paintings in Hospitals has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Today Awards 2019...

"Paintings in Hospitals seeks to revive that ancient therapy of art. It’s a great idea to add National Gallery treasur...
01/05/2019
Artemisia Gentileschi’s great work is more at home in a GP’s surgery than a gallery | Jonathan Jones

"Paintings in Hospitals seeks to revive that ancient therapy of art. It’s a great idea to add National Gallery treasures to the contemporary artists it works with, because before we separated something called “art” from life, every image had a social purpose." 👏

#ArtemisiaVisits #culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing

The National Gallery is restoring the link between art and real life, says art critic Jonathan Jones

“I hope the painting provides inspiration by showing that people can face challenges and come out the other side.”Ou...
30/04/2019
GP surgery prescribes £3.6m National Gallery treasure with every appointment

“I hope the painting provides inspiration by showing that people can face challenges and come out the other side.”

Our very own Amisha Karia in the The Telegraph today, talking about our #ArtemisiaVisits partnership with the National Gallery!

Gaze at the walls of most GP surgeries and you will find leaflets about the ‘flu vaccine or posters encouraging you to eat your five a day.

We've partnered with the National Gallery to bring this 17th century masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi to a GP surger...
29/04/2019
Paintings in Hospitals and National Gallery bring Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece to GP surgery

We've partnered with the National Gallery to bring this 17th century masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi to a GP surgery in Yorkshire! #ArtemisiaVisits... Pocklington Group Practice!

#culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing #artsinhealth

We've partnered with the National Gallery to bring a rare painting by the most celebrated female painter of the 17th century to Pocklington Group Practice...

We need a keen and committed volunteer to help us look after our collection showcase in Derby. Can you help us? #volunte...
26/04/2019
Collection Showcase Volunteers (Derby)

We need a keen and committed volunteer to help us look after our collection showcase in Derby. Can you help us?

#volunteering #dogood #giveback #artforeveryone

We're seeking a committed volunteer near Derby to help us care for the Paintings in Hospitals collection...

“I have had the opportunity to see the wonderful work Paintings in Hospitals do first hand... I have seen patients loo...
23/04/2019
‘The key is making it meaningful’: Alex Bird on museums, wellbeing and Paintings in Hospitals

“I have had the opportunity to see the wonderful work Paintings in Hospitals do first hand... I have seen patients looking at the art on display in a doctor’s waiting room and have seen the joy it brings them.”

Alex Bird, Museum Development Officer for Museum Development North West, tells us about museums' focus on wellbeing and working with Paintings in Hospitals 😅

Alex Bird is the Museum Development Officer for Museum Development North West. He tells us about his experience of working with Paintings in Hospitals...

This week is Patient Experience Week - and we're all about improving the patient experience! Nothing better illustrates ...
23/04/2019
'Life beyond the hospital': How art helped one inpatient find an escape

This week is Patient Experience Week - and we're all about improving the patient experience! Nothing better illustrates how our work can help patients than Toby Carr's blog about his encounter with Paintings in Hospitals after a shock diagnosis. Check it out!

#PXWeek #PatientExperienceWeek

Published here for the first time, architect Toby Carr shares his account of how art helped him through his hospital treatment following a shock diagnosis…

Our mindful exhibition, Linear Meditations, is shortlisted for 'Art Installation of the Year' at the Design in Mental He...
17/04/2019
Exhibition shortlisted for 'Art Installation of the Year'

Our mindful exhibition, Linear Meditations, is shortlisted for 'Art Installation of the Year' at the Design in Mental Health awards!

The project is a collaboration with Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Imperial Health Charity and curator Briana Oliver. Find out more after the link! 🙌

#artsinhealth #artshealthwellbeing #dimh2019

Linear Meditations, our mindful exhibition in partnership with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, has been shortlisted for the Design in Mental Health Awards 2019...

"Paintings can be a talking and turning point." 🖼️💬Griselda Goldsbrough, Art and Design Development Manager York...
12/04/2019
'A talking and turning point': Griselda Goldsbrough on art in healthcare

"Paintings can be a talking and turning point." 🖼️💬

Griselda Goldsbrough, Art and Design Development Manager York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust shares her personal and professional perspectives of the power of art in healthcare.

#culturehealth #artshealthwellbeing #fridaythoughts

Griselda Goldsbrough, Art Development Manager at York Teaching Hospitals, shares her personal and professional perspectives of the power of art in healthcare…

“When the world around me is too much and I feel like the Earth will fall off its axis. I know that my art is there. I...
07/04/2019

“When the world around me is too much and I feel like the Earth will fall off its axis. I know that my art is there. It’s like a beacon of light...”

Mahlia Amatina is an acclaimed contemporary artist. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2015. In the 10th of our '60 Years, 60 Voices' blogs, Mahlia tells us about the role art has played in her life.

https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/blog/a-beacon-of-light-mahlia-amatina-on-art-and-autism

Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay! Acclaimed contemporary artist Mahlia Amatina was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome i...
02/04/2019
‘A beacon of light’: Mahlia Amatina on art and autism

Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay!

Acclaimed contemporary artist Mahlia Amatina was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2015. In the 10th of our #60Voices series, Mahlia tells us about the role art has played in her life. 💡

Mahlia Amatina is an acclaimed contemporary artist creating multi-sensory experiences. In 2015 she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Mahlia tells us about the role art has played in her life…

What's the future of visual arts in health and social care? Join the conversation on 13th May with internationally renow...
28/03/2019
Framing the Future - 13/05/2019 18:00:00

What's the future of visual arts in health and social care?

Join the conversation on 13th May with internationally renowned artist and author Edmund de Waal, Dr Errol Francis (Culture&), Dr Val Huet (BAAT - The British Association of Art Therapists), Prof. Victoria Tischler (University of West London) and Ed Vaizey MP (#APPG #ArtsHealthWellbeing)!

Join our exciting panel discussion on the future of arts in health, with Edmund de Waal, Dr Errol Francis, Dr Val Huet, Prof Victoria Tischler and Ed Vaizey MP...

"For many of our collective, art has been the source of untold joy, confidence, and a sense of independence..."Today is ...
21/03/2019
'My heart was healed': Suzie Moffat on being 'rescued' by art

"For many of our collective, art has been the source of untold joy, confidence, and a sense of independence..."

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. As a mother to a child with Down’s Syndrome and the founder of Heart & Sold, a collective of artists with the condition, Suzie Moffat tells us what art has come to mean to them.

#WDSD19 #culturehealth #60Voices

As a mother to a child with Down’s Syndrome and the founder of Heart & Sold, a collective of artists with the condition, Suzie Moffat tells us what art has come to mean to her...

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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.

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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

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