‘Art enhances daily life and reduces its many stresses’: Dame Stephanie Shirley on the power of art

Dame Stephanie Shirley, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Patron of Paintings in Hospitals, tells us why she believes art is important to all of our lives... Read more

'A Tale of Two Collections': Jodie Edwards on the history of Arts Council Collection and Paintings in Hospitals

Jodie Edwards of the Arts Council Collection tells the 'old-fashioned love story' of their partnership with Paintings in Hospitals... Read more

‘Curate means to care’: Natalie Craven's confessions of a hospital art intern

Natalie Craven, Public Programmes Officer at the Royal College of Physicians, recalls her early experience of the hospital art world... Read more

‘Art has seen me through trying times’: Anjali B Purkayastha on the meditative power of art

Anjali B Purkayastha is an artist specialising in ink drawings inspired by Indian folk art. Here, she tells us how art helped her though a difficult period of upheaval and new motherhood... Read more

‘The key is making it meaningful’: Alex Bird on museums, wellbeing and Paintings in Hospitals

Alex Bird is the Museum Development Officer for Museum Development North West. He tells us about his experience of working with Paintings in Hospitals... Read more

‘A talking and turning point’: Griselda Goldsbrough on art in healthcare

Griselda Goldsbrough, Art Development Manager at York Teaching Hospitals, shares her personal and professional perspectives of the power of art in healthcare… Read more

‘A beacon of light’: Mahlia Amatina on art and autism

Mahlia Amatina is an acclaimed contemporary artist creating multi-sensory experiences. In 2015 she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Mahlia tells us about the role art has played in her life… Read more

‘My heart was healed’: Suzie Moffat on being ‘rescued’ by art

Suzie Moffat is a mother to a child with Down’s Syndrome and the founder of Heart & Sold, a collective of artists with the condition. She tells us what art has come to mean to her... Read more

‘Make sense of the chaos’: Clive Parkinson on mental health and the potency of art

Dr Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, recalls moving memories of the life-changing power of art... Read more

‘Glorious and liberating’: David Hodge on finding freedom in art

David Hodge, aka Dusty ‘O’, is a famous face on the LGBT+ scene. Following his first major solo show, the former drag artist tells us why he turned to art… Read more

‘A unique dance’: Liz Atkin reimagines Compulsive Skin Picking as art

Liz Atkin is an acclaimed artist who has Compulsive Skin Picking. She tells us how she uses art to manage this complex physical and mental disorder… Read more

‘The joy and the complexity of life lived’: Simon Carter on painting

Simon Carter is an established artist and curator, working in Essex. In the fifth of our 60 Voices, he tells us what painting brings to his life... Read more

‘Beyond cancer’: Art and compassionate cancer care

Ben Hartley, Arts Officer at the Royal Marsden, tells us how the Trust works with Paintings in Hospitals to transform the care experience for people with cancer… Read more

‘Life beyond the hospital’: How art helped one inpatient find an escape

Published here for the first time, architect Toby Carr shares his account of how art helped him through his hospital treatment following a shock diagnosis… Read more

‘Food of the human spirit’: Maggi Hambling on arts & health

Maggi Hambling is one of the world’s leading artists. In the second of our 60 Voices series, she tells us what ‘arts in health’ means to her… Read more

‘A thing called Paintings in Hospitals’: our Founder Sheridan Russell

The first voice in our ‘60 Years, 60 Voices’ weekly blog series is the voice that started it all... Read more