Why art matters Our impact Our impact Paintings in Hospitals is working to transform the UK's health by using world-class art to inspire better health and wellbeing. Our artworks and creative activities make a difference to the lives of millions of people every year. Here's just a snapshot of our very busy 2018 in numbers. 178 care sites benefitted from our work We worked with the patients and carers in 178 care organisations, including hospitals, hospices, mental health centres, GP surgeries and SEN schools, to bring the benefits of world-class art into their daily lives. 433 people engaged in our art workshops and activities Over 430 patients and carers worked with our team to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to talk about, criticise and make decisions about art and their care environment through our hands-on art activities. 2,778 artworks on public display We worked hard to get over 70% of our art collection out into public care spaces, providing inspiration for patients and carers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Four major collaborative projects We collaborated with the Arts Council Collection to create Rooted in the Landscape, a new seminar and exhibition to tour hospitals across South West England, featuring works by artists such as Marc Quinn, Keith Vaughan and Turner Prize-nominated Janice Kerbel. We continued our partnership with internationally-renowned art school Central Saint Martins on our student mental health project Art in Larger Doses. We partnered with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and emerging curator Briana Oliver to develop Linear Meditations, a new mindful hospital exhibition featuring the works of influential British abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. And we teamed up with #ToyLikeMe to bring Toy Box Tales, a touring exhibition featuring differently-abled toys, to children's hospitals around the country. Sector advocacy and knowledge sharing We joined the new Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance as a Strategic Alliance Member, aiming to develop and promote the role of arts and culture in supporting the country’s health and wellbeing. We also became an official partner of the NHS70 campaign and produced 70 daily articles about ‘70 Ways Art Improves Our Health’ to celebrate the NHS 70th anniversary. As part of Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2018, we held our sold-out networking event Connect. Jointly hosted with London Arts in Health Forum, over 100 arts in health professionals took part. Connect is now the biggest arts in health networking event in the calendar. 2,000,000 patients, carers and visitors reached Our art loans, art projects, workshops and events reached communities across the country, bringing world-class art into the lives of two million people. This year is Paintings in Hospitals' 60th anniversary, can you help us achieve even more..?