"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 Arts in health

From GP waiting rooms to hospital wards, our surroundings have an impact on the way we think and feel. Artworks create a welcoming and stimulating environment, conducive to improving wellbeing and promoting a positive image of health and social care.

There is now an overwhelming body of evidence demonstrating that participating in the arts and having access to artworks can dramatically improve clinical outcomes and mental and physical health.

Recent clinical studies have concluded that placing original artworks within the healthcare environment can:

  • Reduce levels of anxiety, stress and depression
  • Reduce patients’ length of stay within the hospital - Reduce the use of some medications
  • Improve communication between patients and healthcare professionals

Taken from 'A Study of the Effects of Visual and Performing Arts in Healthcare' completed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from 1999 to 2002.

Find out more about the impact and therapeutic benefits art can provide.