Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


At some point in life, we will all find ourselves within health and social care: it may be in a hospital, a GP surgery, a care home, or a hospice. These can be confusing, lonely and frightening times. Not only for us but for our family, friends and the people caring for us too. We know that art can change this.

At Paintings in Hospitals, we use art to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients, carers and communities across the UK. Research has shown that art can aid our recovery from illness, help us stay well, and support us to live longer, better lives. We believe everyone should have the chance to benefit from this, so we work with patients and carers to transform care environments into spaces that encourage, enrich and empower everyone who uses them. We do this through art loans from our unique art collection and through our creative activities, such as art walks, tours, and workshops.

The cutting of centralised funding within the NHS has had a significant impact on services, and arts and health programmes are being neglected or abandoned. Therefore, the need for creative and effective ways to bring positivity, inspiration and reassurance to those accessing care services is clear. We bring respite from suffering by enabling people to experience and engage with art activities. Through our art outreach, we aim to build healthier, more engaged communities.

The best way to demonstrate our projects is from comments people have made to us about the work: “The works make such a difference. They help patients talk about something other than their condition. It’s important for staff too. I work a 12-hour shift and move around a lot. The atmosphere has been much better since the artwork arrived.”
Healthcare Assistant, Peterborough City Hospital

This project will allow us to reach out to even more health units to offer art displays and activities for patients. The art interventions we provide can measurably relieve the negative effects of being hospitalised, and are a vital component to the recovery of people suffering from poor health. To ensure as many people as possible can access the high-quality art in our collection, we subsidise the cost displaying artworks in care spaces, which includes preparation, insurance, framing and interpretation. As we receive no statutory funding, we are always in need of funds to continue these vital projects.

Paintings in Hospitals

Moment of Pride

I am proud to be part of a project using the creative arts to tackle very real problems. People with mental health issues still suffer greatly in our society, but this project enables them to access better quality care environments, aiding their social engagement, recovery and wellbeing.

Location: United Kingdom