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.

Mission: 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.

Operating as usual

The UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. are hosting an online panel discussion about...
26/11/2020
Art and wellness: panel discussion - UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. are hosting an online panel discussion about Art & Wellness on 2 Dec, 6:30pm. Our trustee Dr Mary Black will be representing Paintings in Hospitals, alongside our friends from Hospital Rooms, Advancing Women Artists and London Arts in Health Forum. Don't miss it - it's free!

#ArtsHealthWellbeing #artsforhealth #artsinhealth

Discuss how art impacts wellness

Browse all items in our #ArtforHealthAuction via the link below. We need your help to raise critical funds before 5th De...
24/11/2020
Paintings in Hospitals Fundraising Website

Browse all items in our #ArtforHealthAuction via the link below. We need your help to raise critical funds before 5th December! Work by artists including Norman Ackroyd, Eileen Cooper, Lisa Milroy, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Sir Peter Blake and many more are available! All funds raised will support our work with patients and care staff across the country.

#charitytuesday #charity #healthcareheroes #nhsheroes #fundraiser #fundraising #donations #support

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.

Today we launch the Art for Health Auction! This online sale will raise funds to help us support isolated patients and d...
21/11/2020
The Art for Health Auction

Today we launch the Art for Health Auction! This online sale will raise funds to help us support isolated patients and dedicated care staff across the country. The auction features art by Helen Chadwick, Jeremy Deller, Anita Klein, Richard Long, Bruce McClean, Lisa Milroy, Humphrey Ocean, and many more.

Please help us by bidding - and you could win some truly wonderful seasonal gifts in the process (for yourself or somebody else). With starting bids from £50, there is something for everybody!

#artforhealthauction #fundraiser #artsinhealth #buyart

Art by Jeremy Deller, Anita Klein, Humphrey Ocean and more. Help us raise critical funds to support patients and carers. Bid now!

We’re very lucky and very grateful to be one of the charities supported by The Help Portfolio! Find out more below.
06/11/2020
It's Nice That

We’re very lucky and very grateful to be one of the charities supported by The Help Portfolio! Find out more below.

Margaret Calvert and Michael Craig-Martin fundraise for Covid charities.

"the most thrilling exhibition I have ever experienced at the National Gallery"Five-star reviews for the Artemisia Genti...
30/09/2020
Artemisia Visits... Pocklington Group Practice

"the most thrilling exhibition I have ever experienced at the National Gallery"

Five-star reviews for the Artemisia Gentileschi show at the National Gallery! Remember when we helped her visit Pocklington GP surgery?

#WellbeingWednesday #artsinhealth #artsforall

Paintings in Hospitals partnered with the National Gallery to bring a 17th century masterpiece to a GP surgery in Yorkshire...

It’s #ArtsinCareHomesDay! 🙌👩🏼‍🎨 Our free A-Z of art activities and inspirational ideas for residents, families & carers ...
24/09/2020
Creative Care Homes

It’s #ArtsinCareHomesDay! 🙌👩🏼‍🎨 Our free A-Z of art activities and inspirational ideas for residents, families & carers is available online now! Download it or request your free printed booklet and get creative!

#AICH2020 #CreativeCommunities #LetsCreate #artsinhealth #CareHomeLife

Our practical and helpful A-Z guide of art activities and inspirational ideas for creative sessions with residents and carers...

Tomorrow is #ArtsinCareHomesDay and we will launch our free 'Creative Care Homes' guide! It's an A-Z of art activities a...
23/09/2020

Tomorrow is #ArtsinCareHomesDay and we will launch our free 'Creative Care Homes' guide! It's an A-Z of art activities and ideas to help in planning fun & inclusive creative sessions for residents, families & carers. Available for download tomorrow. Get in touch for your free hard copy!
#AICH2020 #CreativeCommunities

OMG! Our ‘Healthcare Heroes’ online exhibition with Tom Croft is on the Google homepage today 😱 Discover the medical wor...
21/09/2020

OMG! Our ‘Healthcare Heroes’ online exhibition with Tom Croft is on the Google homepage today 😱 Discover the medical workers behind the masks at: artsandculture.google.com/project/healthcare-heroes

#portraitsfornhsheroes #thankyouNHS #letscreate

Have you seen our #HealthcareHeroes exhibition with Google Arts & Culture? Well, you can also now explore some of the Pa...
02/09/2020
What We Do & Why Art Matters - Google Arts & Culture

Have you seen our #HealthcareHeroes exhibition with Google Arts & Culture? Well, you can also now explore some of the Paintings in Hospitals art collection, plus stories like this 👇 about why art matters in health and social care!

#artsinhealth #artsforhealth

For over 60 years, national charity Paintings in Hospitals has used world‑class art to inspire better health for patients and carers in the UK. Find out more about the only national art collection designed specifically to support people’s physical and mental wellbeing.

"I often find myself reassuring patients...It's easy to forget how vulnerable and scared they are and wearing a face mas...
27/08/2020
Take a Moment with Harriet Durkin - Google Arts & Culture

"I often find myself reassuring patients...It's easy to forget how vulnerable and scared they are and wearing a face mask takes away most of your facial expressions."

Explore Healthcare Heroes portraits with A&E nurse Harriet Durkin. #portraitsfornhsheroes

Explore the collection with Harriet

Colour in Motion is now on display at Addenbrooke's Hospital! Our collaboration with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge Un...
26/08/2020
Ian Davenport exhibition coming to Addenbrooke's Hospital

Colour in Motion is now on display at Addenbrooke's Hospital! Our collaboration with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust brings the work of world-renowned artist Ian Davenport to physiotherapy patients. Find out more: http://ow.ly/g0t850B9t3C
#hospitalarts #artsinhealth #culturehealth #colour

Paintings in Hospitals partnered with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals to present Colour in Motion, an exhibition of works by our artist patron Ian Davenport...

"I will never forget their kindness and how privileged I was to have witnessed the bravery, laughter and tears of care h...
25/08/2020
Celebrating Carers - Google Arts & Culture

"I will never forget their kindness and how privileged I was to have witnessed the bravery, laughter and tears of care home staff in these extraordinary times. They are all truly heroes"

Listen to Paintings in Hospitals director Sandra Bruce-Gordon as she reflects on the role people and art play in care from her personal experience.

#portraitsfornhsheroes #COVID19

Paintings in Hospitals Director Sandra Bruce-Gordon reflects on the role people and art play in care from her personal experience

"The composition gives you no room to wander...It's simply a masterpiece!"Take a moment to explore details from the Heal...
24/08/2020
Take a Moment with Adebanji Alade - Google Arts & Culture

"The composition gives you no room to wander...It's simply a masterpiece!"

Take a moment to explore details from the Healthcare Heroes exhibition with artist Adebanji Alade. #portraitsfornhsheroes #oilpainting

Take a moment to explore details from the exhibition

"We are humans. We need connection with other people. Art acts as an anchor to our humanity" - @drmarionlynch spoke to u...
23/08/2020
In Conversation with Marion Lynch - Google Arts & Culture

"We are humans. We need connection with other people. Art acts as an anchor to our humanity" - @drmarionlynch spoke to us about work and art through the #COVID19 pandemic.
#portraitsfornhsheroes #artsinhealth

Marion Lynch, Former Deputy Medical Director at NHS England, South East, talks with Thomas Walshaw, Communications Manager at Paintings in Hospitals

The Healthcare Heroes exhibition on Google Arts & Culture not only features 780 care worker portraits but also has stori...
21/08/2020
Art & Anxiety - Google Arts & Culture

The Healthcare Heroes exhibition on Google Arts & Culture not only features 780 care worker portraits but also has stories about how art can help us in our daily lives. Like this one about how art can help with #anxiety.

#portraitsfornhsheroes #Covid_19

How art can help alleviate anxiety

20/08/2020

We're so proud of the Healthcare Heroes exhibition. It features video, audio, and text stories from the artists and the care workers behind the 700+ portraits now online! https://g.co/healthcareheroes #PortraitsForNHSHeroes

Healthcare Heroes! We're so proud to have partnered with Tom Croft and Google Arts & Culture to create this new exhibiti...
20/08/2020

Healthcare Heroes! We're so proud to have partnered with Tom Croft and Google Arts & Culture to create this new exhibition of 700+ portraits celebrating care workers! https://g.co/healthcareheroes

We've partnered with Google Arts & Culture and artist Tom Croft to bring over 700 #portraitsforNHSheroes works together ...
20/08/2020
Healthcare Heroes: Google and Paintings in Hospitals Unveil Virtual Exhibition

We've partnered with Google Arts & Culture and artist Tom Croft to bring over 700 #portraitsforNHSheroes works together for the first time in a new virtual exhibition!

We collaborated with Google Arts & Culture and artist Tom Croft's #portraitsforNHSheroes to bring an online exhibition of over 700 artworks together for the first time...

Only one more week to go before 'Colour in Motion' is officially open. Our collaboration with Jerwood Collection and Cam...
19/08/2020
Ian Davenport exhibition coming to Addenbrooke's Hospital

Only one more week to go before 'Colour in Motion' is officially open. Our collaboration with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust brings the uplifting works of world-renowned artist Ian Davenport to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Paintings in Hospitals partnered with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals to present Colour in Motion, an exhibition of works by our artist patron Ian Davenport...

We've partnered with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to bring the colourful a...
31/07/2020
Ian Davenport exhibition coming to Addenbrooke's Hospital

We've partnered with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to bring the colourful and uplifting art of Ian Davenport to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in August! Find out more after the link.

#artshealthwellbeing #culturehealth Cristea Roberts Gallery London Arts in Health Forum

Paintings in Hospitals partnered with Jerwood Collection and Cambridge University Hospitals to present Colour in Motion, an exhibition of works by our artist patron Ian Davenport...

"I lost the ability to concentrate while at the same time not being able to switch off... Thank goodness for my painting...
27/07/2020
‘The Power of a Painting’

"I lost the ability to concentrate while at the same time not being able to switch off... Thank goodness for my paintings."

Sandra Bruce-Gordon, director of Paintings in Hospitals, shares how art got her through coronavirus isolation. 🖼️

Sandra Bruce-Gordon, director of Paintings in Hospitals, shares a personal story of how paintings got her through coronavirus isolation...

Create your own artwork inspired by illustrator, painter and printmaker Chloë Cheese with this downloadable worksheet. 👩...
10/07/2020
Worksheet: Chloë Cheese, Kelim Carpet with Wavy Leaves

Create your own artwork inspired by illustrator, painter and printmaker Chloë Cheese with this downloadable worksheet. 👩🏾‍🎨 Share your creations with us!
#letscreate #FridayFunDay

Create your own artwork with flowers, leaves and your favourite objects, inspired by Chloë Cheese...

A new downloadable activity guide for creating lino prints inspired by Betty Ebanja. Recreate our art workshops for heal...
25/06/2020
Activity guide: Flower Printmaking

A new downloadable activity guide for creating lino prints inspired by Betty Ebanja. Recreate our art workshops for health and wellbeing anywhere! Share your creations with us online (@paintingsinhospitals). 👩‍🎨

#artsandhealth #WorldWellbeingWeek #LetsCreate

Residents at Arthur Rank Hospice made linocut prints in our workshop inspired by Betty Ebanja and garden flowers. Now you can try it too!

Creative activities relieve stress and anxiety. We've just released a set of free downloadable art worksheets, including...
22/06/2020
Worksheet: Reg Cartwright, Owl

Creative activities relieve stress and anxiety. We've just released a set of free downloadable art worksheets, including this one inspired by Reg Cartwright. Share your creations with us and we'll add more free arts activities very soon!

#artsandhealth #creativityandwellbeing #WorldWellbeingWeek

Create your own owl artwork using all your favourite colours, inspired by Reg Cartwright...

“You get lost being a carer and being creative helps you remember who you are.”72% of carers suffer health problems them...
09/06/2020
Art offers a moment of respite for carers

“You get lost being a carer and being creative helps you remember who you are.”

72% of carers suffer health problems themselves, with the mental and physical strain of caring and inadequate support seriously affecting their wellbeing.

#CarersWeek #MakeCaringVisible

Number 25 in our '70 Ways Art Improves Our Health' highlights how art can offer much-needed escape from the mental and physical strain of caring…

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...

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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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+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.

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