Arts Connect is the Trust’s arts-in-health programme, delivering projects across the sites to improve patient and staff experience and enhance the environment.
We use the arts to distract, relax, stimulate and engage, all of which can have tangible benefits on health and wellbeing. Arts interventions are proven to help people to stay well, recover faster, manage long term conditions and experience a better quality of life.
If you would like to learn more then this report: Creative Health , by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, sets out comprehensive evidence and examples of practice which demonstrate the beneficial impact of the arts.
Our arts programme has three different work strands which support patients and staff:
- Enhancing the Healing Environment; Artistically decorating clinics, wards and public spaces to enhance the environment and patient/staff wellbeing.
- Creative Participation; Providing creative activities across different art forms.
- Music and Performing Arts; Bringing musicians and performers on to the wards to entertain patients and staff.
We partner with cultural organisations and freelance practitioners to develop projects, sharing our expertise to bring the best arts experiences for all in our Trust. Projects have been delivered with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music, Goldsmith’s University, the Royal Horticultural Society, Breathe Arts Health Research, APT Studios, and Lewisham Art House.
You can also visit these pages which go into more detail about the work we're doing across the Trust:
We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our arts programme, whether you are a musician, artist or have experience of working in the arts we would love to hear from you. Find out more.