We've been displaying artworks in care environments for 60 years. But recently we’ve noticed that some care staff have expressed confusion around the safety of placing artworks in their space. Some of you have even come to us for advice after being told that artworks aren't allowed in care spaces at all!

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 fixed 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 them.

We ensure that all of our artworks are appropriately framed and safe for display. We also provide all security fixings and insurance for the 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.