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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.

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...

March 1, 2016

I am often asked what ‘arts and health’ means and why we should integrate creativity into health (I prefer to use the word creativity as ‘art’ often conjures up pictures of, well just that – pictures on walls). Arts in health is so much more than pictures on walls or sculptures in hallways. Arts in health can be a wide array of things – poetry, dance, meditation, writing, drawing, flash mobs, choirs… the scope is as wide as our imagination.

There is a huge a...

January 26, 2016

I was recently interviewed for the business section of a national newspaper about the value of creativity in healthcare but beyond that within the business world too. In my career I have developed and delivered a huge range of creative projects for children, young people, families and staff. I have seen firsthand the amazing positive impacts these projects have had. Artworks can obviously enrich our physical surroundings, making workplaces look and feel bet...

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