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Paintings from the Paintings in Hospitals collection installed at BAAT HQ

08 March 2017

BAAT is delighted to have artworks from the Paintings in Hospitals collection on display at BAAT HQ for the first time ever. We have chosen five paintings by four artists to help make our offices a more stimulating, comforting and supportive space for staff, members and visitors…


Paintings in Hospitals

Paintings in Hospitals is a national charity that aims to inspire better health and wellbeing for everyone by helping to create care spaces that encourage, enrich and empower people. The Paintings in Hospitals art collection is one of the only collections of its kind: with the sole purpose to inspire, comfort and uplift people who live and work in health and social care. All types of care organisations can borrow from their art collection, and everyone (whether a patient, carer, or visitor) is welcome to participate in their talks, tours and workshops.

In addition, Paintings in Hospitals can provide advice and assistance with:

Helping care providers to safely introduce art into their environment, using their loan schemes and partnering with national collections such as the Arts Council Collection and the V&A;

Encouraging patients, visitors and staff to engage with art so that they are equipped to reap the most benefit for their mental and physical wellbeing;

Advocating, and making a case, for anyone who believes in the benefits of the arts to health and wellbeing.

To read more about the work of Paintings in Hospitals please click here


The potential for art-viewing to alleviate work-related stress

The British Association of Art Therapists and Paintings in Hospitals are also partnering on projects such as joint research bids, and Paintings in Hospitals has supported Dr Val Huet’s research on art therapy and work-related stress. 

A study conducted by Val Huet, CEO at BAAT and Sue Holttum, BAAT Research Officer explored the potential therapeutic mechanisms within art therapy-based groups for work-stress with staff in health and social care. Art-viewing was found to support relational processes, expression of emotionality and playfulness, in turn facilitating therapeutic engagement. 

This study suggests that art-viewing, hitherto a neglected component of art therapy, may be important for that practice or practices based on it. The study also suggests a greater potential for art therapy-based interventions to be used as an approach to address work-stress in health and social care.

To read more about this study please click here


The paintings we chose from the collection

Loading Papers by Ernest Sargieson (Oil on Canvas) 

Ernest Sargieson’s paintings lovingly document the life of Britain’s railways. This painting is also a sensitive study in colour and shape. Ernest spent eight years working for British Rail before studying art at the Royal Academy Schools.




Ladies Room by Marcelle Hanselaar (Etching and Aquatint)

Marcelle Hanselaar is a self-taught painter and printmaker. She is interested in the stories we create when we look at her work – where is the chair and who could it belong to? Marcelle’s work covers a wide range of subjects from everyday scenes to surreal and shocking imagery.


Beekeeper's Lofts and Navigator's Dream by Annette Edgar (Oil on Canvas)

Annette Edgar’s paintings celebrate the joy of life and exploring new places. She says that hot sunny places and their bright colours often trigger music in her mind, and she tries to convey musical rhythms in her paintings.



Lah-Rial by Nick Andrew (Acrylic on Paper)

Nick Andrew’s paintings are inspired his local landscape and the way it is changed by the seasons. He uses bold, fast brushstrokes to give an impression of the colour and movement of a place. He paints from his studio on the banks of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire and is especially fascinated by water.


An interesting history

Paintings in Hospitals was founded in 1959 by Sheridan Russell, Almoner at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Sheridan had been exhibiting works by contemporary artists in waiting rooms, corridors and wards and began to understand the profounddifference that art could make to people’s health and wellbeing.

With the help of the Nuffield Foundation, Sheridan set out to create a unique art collection: one containing artworks chosen specifically to comfort and support patients and carers alike. Through the following decades, with the aid of Sir Dennis Proctor, former Chairman of Tate; Roger de Grey, former President of the Royal Academy of Arts and many other patrons, trustees and supporters, the art collection and the charity’s impact grew.

Today Paintings in Hospitals works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and care for a diverse collection of almost 4,000 artworks, including those by artists of international importance, such as: Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, and Mary Fedden. As well as four distinct artwork loan schemes, they now bring engagement activities, art projects and creative workshops to patients, service users and carers.

To read more about Paintings in Hospitals please click here