Art in Hospital

Art in Hospital

Charity information

Art in Hospital

Art in Hospital, established in 1991, is a registered charity that demonstrates and promotes the positive role that the arts can play in healthcare. The organisation brings visual art into the mainstream of the health service and focuses on it not as diversional therapy but rather as a productive discipline in its own right. The organisation provides an extensive, ongoing programme of workshops for older people in long-term care, people with disabilities and patients in hospitals and care centres. Art in Hospital runs over 30 sessions each week in Glasgow, besides other short-term projects nationally.

Experienced artists act as facilitators for the studio sessions in which participants are introduced to a wide range of art materials and techniques and are encouraged to experiment. Due to the long term nature of the art projects, patients have the opportunity to develop and explore their creativity over time in a supportive environment.

Art in Hospital also has a regular exhibitions programme of the artwork produced by participants. This humanises and transforms hospital and care home environments creating a healing atmosphere for both patients and staff. It also brings the work of the project participants to a wider audience through City Centre exhibitions such as the Glasgow Art Fair. Framing, exhibiting & selling work can play an important role in improving the self-esteem of participants. Recognising this achievement can also help alter the way staff, friends & relatives view the individuals involved.