Worried about displaying art at your care site?

by Thomas Walshaw

We've been displaying artworks in health and social care environments for over 50 years. But recently we’ve noticed that some people have expressed confusion around the safety or suitability of placing artworks in their care spaces. Some of you have even come to us after being told that placing artworks in primary care spaces isn’t allowed!

This week the Care Quality Commission has published information to help us put your minds at ease.

When asked: “Is it OK to display art in primary healthcare sites?” The CQC says:

“Yes! Art can brighten up spaces, reduce anxiety and stress for patients…it is something to be encouraged.”

Our advice (and what is regarded as best practice) is:

  • Artworks should be the right scale for the site, and avoid having sharp edges, or materials that may easily degrade or break off
  • Where possible, artworks should be framed
  • Artwork frames should be glazed using shatterproof (ideally with 2-3mm thick) Perspex
  • Frames should be affixed to walls using capped security screws
  • Artworks themselves should not be changed or altered in any way as this may negatively affect the relationship with the artist who produced or donated the work
  • For heavy or valuable artworks, it is advisable to use four ‘mirror plates’
  • If you do not want the fixings to be visible you might want to consider using flush plates
  • To keep the artworks safe, you will need to ensure that they are not in direct sunlight, above radiators, or installed at an inappropriate height
  • Artworks should be carefully removed from the wall when redecoration occurs, not painted around, as this may damage their frames.

Take a look at the full article here, which includes more advice from both us and the CQC on best practice when it comes to choosing, installing and caring for your artworks.

If you have any particular queries about installing artworks, or you’d like specific advice about your site, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

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