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Our vision is ‘Art for every healthcare setting in Scotland’ and our mission is to use visual art to improve health and wellbeing. We value putting the person at the centre of their own health and wellbeing, humanising healthcare environments and the positive health and wellbeing impact of the visual arts. We also value quality, innovation and professionalism and the ideas and ambitions of artists, without whom our work would not be possible.

Art in Healthcare has a collection of over 1,600 works of contemporary art for display in a wide range of healthcare settings around Scotland, including hospitals, care homes, hospices and treatment centres. Our evaluation and feedback indicates the extent to which this simple improvement to the healthcare environment benefits people who may be feeling particularly anxious and vulnerable as they attend medical appointments or work as care staff. We also work with other charities to develop and deliver bespoke programmes of art activities for people with health conditions. This often involves a series of art workshops led by a professional artist which concludes with a celebratory event. Some of our work uses a social prescribing model, where individuals are referred to our community-based art activity by their GP, social worker, housing officer or other healthcare worker. Art in Healthcare does not receive core funding from Government nor any regular funding from government-supported agencies. Our annual turnover is around £200,000, and our income comes from trusts, art loan contracts, events, sales donations and sponsorship. Thank you for supporting our work.

Charity No: SC036222

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