Arts & Creative Health

Arts & Creative Health

Our vision is to enrich our patient, visitor and staff environment by working alongside departments and local communities to enhance our hospitals with inspiring visual design and creativity throughout Frimley Health.

With your help, we enrich the experience of hospital through art and design projects for our patients and visitors as well as supporting the mental well being of our staff. From transforming the hospital environment into more welcoming and comfortable spaces with beautiful works of art to providing music and craft activities that improve patients mood, well being and anxiety, Arts & Creative Health creates a stimulating and uplifting atmosphere for all.

Recent clinical studies show that placing art and creative health within a healthcare environment can reduce levels of anxiety, depression and stress as well as reducing a patient’s length of stay within the hospital. By making a donation or setting up a regular gift today, your donations will enable us to transform the hospital environment across our hospital sites to aid recovery like this for our patients and create more emotionally supported environments for our staff.

Our Art Programme is aimed at improving the visual environment for patients of all ages, staff and visitors. The Arts Committee focuses on engagement with both the local and wider communities. The Covid-19 pandemic really brought home the importance of art and creative health within our hospitals.  Art that covers so many disciplines from vinyl photography, community thank yous’ from all ages.

In May 2020, Damien Hirst created this beautiful butterfly rainbow to show support for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. The work is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of the artist’s best‐known motifs. Damien Hirst and #henieditions donated this Butterfly Rainbow art to Frimley Health Charity for patients & staff and is currently exhibited in the main entrance at Frimley Park Hospital. A limited edition of this work was also produced with all profits donated to NHS Charities Together, raising a total of £1,508,172.

The second 2020 Edition of our popular therapeutic colouring book has be launched across the trust. After the success of the first Trust colouring book in 2019, the charity and Farnborough College of Technology have created a second edition which is an even bigger 18 page booklet. Published for our staff and patients across all our hospital sites, this has been particularly important during this recent challenging time to give distraction and grounding for so many.

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A vision for a beautiful bright outdoor space to allow all children, young people and their families to spend time in a non-medical environment. We were so proud to create an outdoor sensory space that reflects colour, light and air.

The bright space now includes seating areas, sports wall, a Hobbit House for counselling and break away plus play and physio equipment all designed to help patients whilst in our care.  A therapy zone includes planted areas, chimes and artificial grass so children can receive physiotherapy in the fresh air.

The garden was funded thanks to the incredible £100,000 that was raised from our Race Wexham event held at Royal Windsor Racecourse in August 2019.

Being in hospital can make you very anxious, so anything that cheers us up, takes our mind off the moment, the boredom and makes us feel like ourselves again can really help our mental health. The evidence shows us that art can help people feel better, and get better.

  • We have developed and produced the trust’s first adult colouring book in collaboration with Farnborough College of Technology.
  • Created artwork with local schools to celebrate the meaning of Organ Donation.
  • Children’s playground designed and created to give all year round colour in a safe environment.
  • Outside spaces enhanced across the sites with volunteer days.
  • Ward enhancement — Improving the environment where care is given.
  • Showcasing our people — staff photography exhibitions.

Donations to support Arts & Creative Health allows us to enhance our healing environments within our health care setting. These can be through artist commissions, purchasing of artwork, participatory arts activities or music in hospitals.

Arts & Creative Health can help improve patients lives’ and we need your support to continue doing this.

Get in Touch

Arts in our Hospitals is managed by a full time Arts and Creative Health Manager as well as a dedicated group of volunteers and a steering group which includes Frimley Trust members.

We have a range of projects that we are sourcing funding for to enhance our spaces at the trust. If you can support any of these or want find out about other projects, please get in touch.

Contact Emma

Emma Carr – Arts and Creative Health Manager

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