Staying in hospital can be a daunting experience for any of us — but especially so for children. But being able to be around art, to draw, paint, create can really help reduce anxiety in children. It’s even been shown to make an impact on clinical result — it literally heals.
Art for Care supports hospitals. For every order on our site, we send an art pack to a children’s hospital.
We also work directly with hospitals to find and give artwork to Children's Wards and Adult A&E receptions.
Anna Matthams, Visual Arts Officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, explains why a creative presence is so vital in a hospital.
These are perfect little packs for the children in isolation wards at Great Ormonds Street. We normally struggle to find brand new resources which can be left in their room.
(Great Ormond Street Hospital)
We are really excited about the art packs that have been donated by Rise Art. Doing something creative can focus children’s attention on something fun while they are staying on the ward and drawing has many therapeutic qualities. These packs will really enhance the children’s stay in hospital and we want to say a big thanks to Rise Art and their members for their donation.
(Play Specialist, Royal Free London NHS)
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rise Art to install prints in our A&E department. The artwork selected is perfect for the children, it helps them feel more comfortable in the environment and distract them from treatment at a particularly distressing time. It makes a real difference to enhancing the patient experience.
(Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity)