The benefits of artwork in hospitals

In year 6, we have been discussing the importance of art inside Salisbury District Hospital. It has been scientifically proven that if patients have interesting, suitable and welcoming views or artwork to look at, they will make a more rapid recovery. The hospital tries to ensure that this is fulfilled, not only for the patients but also for visitors and staff. In our discussions we have thought about types of artwork and how it relates to the unit where it is displayed. For example, in the eye department they have reasonably simple pictures to soothe those who can’t see the pictures as clearly as others. As there are no windows, the artwork is that key connection to outside living.  Also, in the pharmacy there is a board with pictures of different herbs, with the first letter of the names spelling out ‘health’.

The artwork includes:
· Mosaics
· Carvings
· Paintings
· Drawings and sketches
· Window Paintings
· Textiles
· Stain Glass
· Silk Paintings
· Collages
· Photos
· Mobiles
· Sculptures

We have been looking into which types of artwork appeals and entertains the younger mind.  We believe that artwork such as this would be a successful and fun part of the childrens unit.

It has been proven to us that artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be on the wall. In corridors there are flower designs on the floor. It has a huge impact on the appearance of the corridor and therefore is a worthwhile and a popular attraction among the patients and staff. There are also mobiles hanging from the ceilings, which are fascinating to look at.

As demonstrated here, art is a vital part of recovery and general comfort, so deciding what is displayed is a very important job. We hope to make the right decisions, as the role has been given to us!

By Bea and Charlotte


One Response to “The benefits of artwork in hospitals”

  1. Bea Says:

    The hospital project is SO fun. The year five’s will have a great time carrying on from what we will have done!

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