Arts in Health

Our pioneering Arts in Health programme focuses on the link between human health and the environment, building on the robust body of evidence that outstanding design and engagement with the arts can improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Drawing on 30 years of expertise, we create environments that encourage patient recovery and support staff in delivering the best possible care.

We hold a collection of more than 2,000 works of art and digital installations, many of which are on display around our hospitals for all to enjoy. And our Arts for All programme brings daily music, performance and creative activities into the wards, using art as a tool for healing.

Watch our short film below to find out more about our Arts in Health programme:

  • Arts For All

    In partnership with staff, patients, artists and partners, we designed our Arts for All programme to provide meaningful cultural opportunities that offer distraction, engagement and social interaction.

  • Design and Environment

    Our Design and Environment programme transforms and enhances clinical spaces. We work with renowned partners who specialise in health, technology and environmental design, bringing together the healing power of art and the latest innovations in design to create a patient-focused environment.

  • Future Hospital

    We work with a diverse range of health technology partners with the aim of further investing in healthcare technology to elevate patient care, empowering our staff and enhancing patient experience.

  • Research and Evaluation

    Underpinning our arts in health programme is a robust body of evidence that clearly demonstrates the impact on patient outcomes, care delivery and cost effectiveness of these programmes and enhancements.

  • Art Collection

    Research has shown that visual art has a positive effect in healthcare settings. Our visual and digital hospital arts collection, displayed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, is made up of over 2,000 artworks, many of which are bespoke commissions.

  • 'The Healing Arts' Book

    We are delighted to have published a book to celebrate our pioneering arts in health programme which we have been running for over 25 years.