the collection

The Paintings in Hospitals collection has been created to provide comfort and relief, helping patients, service users, visitors and staff interact and better cope with their environment.

The collection contains over 4,000* works of art including drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, textiles and digital pieces. Over 2,000 artists are represented in the collection including Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Andy Warhol, Josef Albers, Anish Kapoor, Gillian Ayres, Ian Davenport, Maggi Hambling, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Elizabeth Blackadder, Quentin Blake, Helen Chadwick, Alexander Calder, Catherine Yass, Ben Rivers and Sonia Boyce.

Any health and social care site can borrow from our collection, using one of our four loan schemes. These schemes have been created to meet the needs of different types of patients, treatments and architectural settings.

*We are obliged to make sure that every acquisition is in line with our collection policy and we must ensure that we have the resources to display, care and store each work properly. When collecting, we are also mindful of the environment in which the artworks will be displayed and current arts in health practices. As a result, we are not currently accepting donations of artworks.