Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) uses arts and creativity to improve health and wellbeing.
We grew out of the voluntary Hospital Arts Committee that had the vision to develop an art collection at the hospital. Hospitals are often very stressful places to be admitted to, to visit and to work in. Art in a hospital provides an opportunity to be distracted and this helps to improve patient outcomes. The collection at Milton Keynes Hospital currently has 390 artworks and Arts for Health manages the display of these as well as organising an annual programme of temporary exhibitions in the hospital.
In 2005 Arts for Health was commissioned by the Department of Health to deliver an innovative creative courtyard scheme which examined the role of the arts on healthcare settings. Six courtyards at the hospital that had been disused for ten plus years were redesigned by artists working in collaboration with hospital users. This project has gained national recognition for good practice and Arts for Health continue to run a volunteer scheme to maintain the courtyards.
Arts for Health’s work also improves health and wellbeing by providing opportunities for people to take part in arts activities. In 2010 Arts for Health was successful in securing 3 year funding from the Big Lottery for an Arts on Prescription programme. This programme of work offers free art workshops on referral for people who experience stress, anxiety or depression. Since the start of the programme over 200 people have participated and evaluation of the programme shows that participants report improved their health and wellbeing through taking part.
Peter Brown & Sue Brown
Sharon Paulger – Director
David Hilliard – Workshop Assistant
Roisin Callaghan – Curator
Board of Trustees
Maria Wogan (Chair)
Peter Reed BmedSci BM BS FRCA
Arts for Health ( Milton Keynes ) is the working name of MK Arts for Health charity number 1107625 company number 05137693