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June 30, 2017

We celebrate children’s creativity, in all it’s various stages and forms. During primary school years the family fridge becomes an ever changing art gallery, we encourage them to dance and sing and cherish the various sculptures etc. that come home from school every week… Most notable children’s hospitals have dedicated arts and creativity programmes to enrich the healthcare experience for their patients.

Sadly for most young people their artistic adventures...

June 16, 2017

Its time to think bigger Arts for health is a growing global movement. A movement with a continuously strengthening reputation, which is gaining greater and greater recognition within both the arts and medical communities. As a community we are beginning to connect and reach out beyond our localities. The technology available today allows us to easily share our learning and experiences around the world. Sharing knowledge and learning is key to improving and...

January 25, 2017

Art and creativity has a vital role to play within healthcare, beginning with the physical fabric of the building, which then sets the stage for creative programming within spaces specifically designed for activities and events.

December 20, 2016

Strategies provide our project or program with direction. What we want to do and why. It is important to understand that our strategy should not be confused with operational or forward plans, which focus on detailed information on how to achieve the direction provided by the strategy.

October 20, 2016

Last autumn, I published an article in Politiken, a national newspaper. The title was 'Culture - medicine with no adverse effects' (it sounds a lot better in Danish!) - but the editor chose to change the title to 'The healing powers of Culture'. Now, obviously I was thrilled to have my article published and since then, a whole new world of possibilities and networks in the field has opened up to me. However, the title just didn't feel right - and it's a spo...

August 18, 2016

This month's blog post is an article I was asked to write for next year's Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, to be held in Bristol, on the 19th, 20th and 21st June and is a review of the current Australian arts in health sector...

The arts in health sector in Australia is slowly evolving, however the sector faces a number of challenges including

  • Changes to state and federal governance, which in turn affects arts policies, where t...

July 27, 2016

Arts in health is a growing global phenomenon but growth of the sector is hindered by insufficient profile. In the wider healthcare sector there is a lack of awareness of the benefits arts in health can bring. Funding is scarce and practitioners are often focussing on process and not including production and promotion of the work in project budgets. If, as a sector, we sought collectively to raise the profile of the work that we do, we would, in turn, incre...

July 4, 2016

Recently I was invited to join the European Healthcare Design Awards judges panel and this led me to reflect on the importance of awards. Awards are important, they are an opportunity for industries to recognise, celebrate and promote best practice and I believe they are a forum for some healthy, competitive spirit. However awards are particularly important to the arts in health sector.

The use of arts in healthcare is not something new, in fact it has been...

June 21, 2016

I recently wrote about ten things I hate about art in healthcare and so I thought I should follow up with ten things I LOVE about arts in healthcare and the amazing array of opportunities the arts can provide…

1. Great Art

Well considered art commissioning in healthcare brings us a unique opportunity to introduce great artists and artworks to a huge audience. An audience which might not otherwise experience those artists and artworks.

One of my all-time favour...

May 27, 2016

1. Bad Art


Sometimes the artworks we come across in healthcare settings are not very good. Hospitals can be the resting place of well-intentioned, but not so well executed artworks. We don’t want second rate healthcare so why would we want second rate artworks?

2. Bland Art


A close relation to bad art, bland art can often be found in healthcare settings. Buying or commissioning artworks for healthcare settings is a delicate task, which should only be underta...

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