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Showcase: Highlights from the Paintings in Hospitals Collection

13 June 2016

Key works from the UK’s first and only art collection specifically created to improve health and wellbeing go on show at the Menier Gallery.

Key works from the UK’s first and only art collection specifically created to improve health and wellbeing go on show at the Menier Gallery (15-18 June). 

National arts and health charity Paintings in Hospitals invite you to an exhibition highlighting key artworks from their extensive collection. Selected from over 4,000 artworks, the exhibition reveals how this 57-year-old charity continues to challenge ideas about the kind of artwork deemed suitable for health and social care spaces with a range of contemporary pieces from leading artists, including Antony Gormley, Ian Davenport, Susan Derges, Albert Irvin, and John Carter.

Since its founding in 1959, Paintings in Hospitals has been a pioneer in championing the belief that high-quality, original artworks can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and those who care for them. This belief has been reinforced in recent years by studies that show the measurable benefits, including reduced drug consumption, shorter recovery periods and lower anxiety levels.

The unique Paintings in Hospitals loan collection has been created to provide comfort and relief, helping patients, visitors and staff to better interact and cope with their environment. All health and social care providers are welcome to borrow from the collection. 

Showcase features a range of printed, painted, drawn, sculptural, and digital works, and will also comprise a programme of talks, tours, and events.

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