Our administrator Lucinda Nascimento keeps things running smoothly for us: she takes care of our bookkeeping, sorts out all our paperwork, and processes our loans and renewals. We spoke to her about her role and her hopes for the charity’s future.

How long have you been at Paintings in Hospitals? What is your role in your own words?

I started in late August 2021. I’m the Administrator. My role involves taking care of a lot of the paperwork and looking after our database on Salesforce. I process our art loan renewals and exchanges, take care of the contracts and issue invoices. I liaise very closely with our Relationship & Development Managers, Janet and Dominic, as they're the ones who organise the art loans. I carry out all the paperwork for them and make sure all the information is up to date. I take minutes for a lot of the meetings that take place, especially the ones for the charity’s Board and various committee ones throughout the year. I also take care of the charity’s bookkeeping every month,  help Sandra with the organisation of her tasks and help Thomas respond to general email enquiries. We get all sorts of offers and queries coming through. I do little bits and bobs here and there to keep things running smoothly.

How would you describe what the charity does?

My gosh! I think it carries out a lot of work considering how small an organisation it is. We’re such a tiny team and the charity punches way above its weight in many respects because it works in so many different parts of the country. It is quite remarkable. We work with so many different healthcare organisations and our reach is broad. We’ve got a really good network of contacts, which is fantastic. Janet and Dominic have done a brilliant job of that over the years, making sure all these different demographics are covered and that everyone can have access to good quality art. I think that's an amazing thing.

We have plans for the future to reach out to even more people and even more parts of the country. I really admire the charity’s ambitions in that respect. We want to make sure that everyone benefits from our services.

In your opinion, what is the charity’s most important principle?

It's such a unique cause. It’s so important. Being somewhere like a hospital or any kind of clinical setting can be so stressful for patients and staff. Just the idea that there's an organisation out there that wants to improve that experience, helping to make a sterile environment more homely and comforting to people who might be going through really difficult times in their lives.

I think it’s quite remarkable to be able to improve the health and social care system in such an unexpected way. People underestimate the value of art in making an atmosphere more pleasant for people. It really eases stress levels.

Why do you work at Paintings in Hospitals? What do you like most about it?

I've got quite an extensive background in the charity sector. When I saw his vacancy, I thought I could have a lot of input because of my experience and knowledge, so I applied for it. I used to do quite a bit of supporter care work in the past and so I'm quite aware of how charities operate. Paintings in Hospitals is a very close-knit team and everyone is lovely. Working together in harmony and being able to support each other is great. When I started this role, I was coming back from taking a year out working in horticulture in a garden centre. It was quite challenging for me to get back into this sort of role again as it's a completely different way of working. It’s really good to be able to work for a charity that makes such a difference in people's lives.

What is it you think the charity can ultimately achieve as we work together?

To be honest, I would love the charity to grow. I think operating in more isolated areas and more deprived communities would be a great achievement.

Being able to consistently offer creative workshops and activities would help people engage with our art in a more in-depth way. Certain sections of the community such as older people and those with mental health problems could hugely benefit from these projects. Ultimately the more the charity grows, the more we can try new things and evaluate what works best.

What is your favourite piece in the collection?

Tony Sharp, Good Evening Cheetah. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

I find this piece captivating because I love wild cats and think the warm colours used in the background are beautiful. The cheetah looks very graceful and wild at the same time, I can imagine being on a safari and picturing a scene like this somewhere in the African plains. I like imagery that invokes a sense of mystery and escapism into another world!