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Art for Hospitals

Art for Hospitals is an organisation that brings art and happiness to hospitals and places of recovery and retirement.  We provide and curate artwork from local and established artists to improve any care centre environment.  We aim to help both staff and patients as numerous studies now show the impact art can have on recovery and overall well being.  We also hope to promote the artist, providing places for them to showcase their work.  The benefits found are numerous including healing and stress reduction, improved moods, distraction, expressing emotions, enhanced well-being, cultural sensitivity, therapeutic benefits and community engagement.

 

The key to a successful art program in a healthcare environment is relevance. Art is subjective, but what is it that all patients, visitors and staff at a hospital have in common? … locality.  It’s important that the artwork anchors the hospital in its locale, creating a connection with the community, making the patient feel more at home. For example sourcing locally produced art, or showcasing local photography can all help to embed the hospital and bring about the documented benefits of nature focused imagery (often the most beneficial and well received within hospitals).  It’s also important that the artwork fit with the area in the hospital it has been placed, the imagery and artwork requirements in a paediatric ward will be different to that of an A&E department or a trauma ward, artwork should be tailored to the audience.

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The benefits of Art in Hospitals

Healing and Stress Reduction:

Art has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain levels in patients. When patients are exposed to art, whether it’s visual art, music, or other forms, it can provide a distraction from their medical condition and create a more calming and positive environment.


Improved Mood:

Art can uplift spirits and improve the mood of patients, making their hospital experience more bearable. For staff, it can also help create a more pleasant work environment, reducing burnout and stress.


Distraction:

Hospitals can be stressful places, and art can serve as a welcome distraction for patients. Engaging with art can take their minds off their medical issues and provide a sense of normalcy.


Expressing Emotions:

Creating and experiencing art can be a way for patients to express their emotions, especially for those who may find it difficult to verbalize their feelings.


Enhanced Well-Being:

Art can contribute to a sense of well-being and a feeling of being cared for, which is important for both patients and staff. Hospitals that incorporate art into their design and ambiance often create a more comfortable and humane environment.


Cultural Sensitivity:

Hospitals often serve diverse patient populations. Art can reflect different cultures, traditions, and perspectives, promoting cultural sensitivity and inclusivity.


Therapeutic Benefits:

Art therapy is a recognized form of psychotherapy that can be particularly beneficial for patients dealing with mental health issues or chronic illnesses. It allows individuals to explore and express their emotions in a creative and non-verbal way.


Community Engagement:

Many hospitals involve the community in creating and displaying art within the hospital, fostering a sense of community engagement and support.

Art Helps

Many healthcare institutions incorporate art programs and installations into their facilities to promote healing and well-being for patients and to improve the working environment for healthcare staff. Art can play a significant role in the overall quality of care and the experience of being in a healthcare setting.

 

Scholars increasingly view health holistically, new research has begun to take seriously the role that art can play in the healing process. A 2017 study from Denmark found that hanging paintings, particularly abstract ones, in a hospital waiting room correlated with patient satisfaction. A British paper from 2007 demonstrated art’s “positive effects not only on patient well being but also on health outcome such as length of stay in hospital and pain tolerance.” And last year, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced a collaboration with an area hospital to allow doctors to prescribe museum visits to patients.

 

The view that art can have beneficial effects on patient recovery is generally accepted nowadays, said Michael Mullins, co-author of a recent study on hospital art in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health and Well-being and a professor at Copenhagen’s University of Aalborg. “It is also documented that art can reduce the experience of pain through distracting the patient’s attention.”

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