"the artworks have been inspirational and created a much more social space with patients, visitors and staff stopping to look, read and talk about them."

Inpatient Services Manager,
Mile End Hospital

About Paintings in Hospitals

We inspire wellbeing. We use art to create care environments that encourage, enrich and empower people.

Established in London in 1959, we now work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have developed a diverse art collection of almost 4,000 artworks and, as well as four artwork loan schemes, we deliver art engagement projects and creative activities.

We do more than simply put paintings in hospitals. We believe that art has an important role to play in the healing process. Our research is contributing to the growing body of evidence that art improves wellbeing, and we are continually evaluating the impact and reach of our work.

We work to:

  • Help health and social care providers introduce art into their environment, using our loan schemes and partnering with national collections such as the Arts Council Collection and the V&A;
  • Make health and social care sites more stimulating, comforting and supportive spaces;
  • Help patients, visitors and staff to engage with art and artists to improve their health and wellbeing;
  • Advocate for all who believe in the benefits of the arts to health and wellbeing.

Every year our work brings comfort and reassurance to over 1.8 million people across the UK, from London to York, Cardiff to Belfast. We work across the health and social care sectors, including in hospitals, hospices, care homes, GP surgeries, cancer centres and Special Educational Needs schools.

We are recognised by the Department of Health and NHS England as a leading provider of arts in health and social care services. We are the partner organisation of Arts Council Collection for the health and social care sector.

As we receive no funding from the Government, we depend entirely on the support of charitable trusts, individuals and businesses to continue our unique and important work. If you would like to support us, please click here.

For more information, download our Who we are, What we do, Why it matters PDF booklet.