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.
By bringing music, performance and the visual arts into the hospital, our art and design programme has created an extraordinary environment and transformed the experience of countless patients, visitors and members of staff.
The Healing Arts is a collection of essays, which delve into the story of the arts at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, from the installation of daring sculpture before the hospital opened its doors, to the exciting future of the programme. It discusses the impact of our arts programme on patients’ recovery, in some cases shortening their stay or reducing their need for pain medication. From drawing to music to creative digital technology, this volume looks at how integrating the arts into the day-to-day life of the hospital has changed its patients’ experience of care.
The Healing Arts has been kindly sponsored by Philip Hoffman and The Fine Art Group. Philip says “Art serves many purposes, often to communicate, to emote, to create a sense of beauty or to motivate; but within the walls of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital it plays another vital role. Art goes above and beyond, and instead becomes a tool for healing.”