Art Exhibition boosts wellbeing in hospitals

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A new exhibition of British abstract art has begun its tour of three hospitals as part of a project to promote wellbeing in patients and the staff that look after them.

National charity Paintings in Hospitals partnered with Imperial Health Charity to develop ‘Linear Meditations’, which features the works of foremost British abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

Currently displayed at Charing Cross Hospital, London, the exhibition will then move to St Mary’s Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital through 2018 and 2019.
Alongside the artwork, the charities have developed a series of mindfulness activities for patients, staff and visitors of the hospital.

Glacier Encounter by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1976

These include mindful drawing, mindful listening and yoga. Mindfulness involves paying special attention to what is happening in the present moment: in our thoughts, our bodies and our surroundings. Studies show that practising mindfulness can help us to manage depression, anxiety and stress.

Curator Briana Oliver commented: “We’ve integrated mindfulness into all elements of the exhibition, including our artwork labels. The labels prompt mindful reflection and provide a tool that patients and carers can use when experiencing difficult emotions. I hope this exhibition will create empowering and uplifting care spaces that inspire health and happiness for all.”

Read our feature on Paintings in Hospitals here

Results of British Safety Council’s multimedia poster competition focused on workplace wellbeing here



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