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Art in Health

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There is now a great body of evidence showing that participation in the arts and access to a range of arts opportunities can improve health outcomes and increase your wellbeing.

Taking part in arts activities can promote prevention of disease and can also build wellbeing. This includes all art forms from visual arts, performing arts, music to literature.

We work with staff, service users, charitable trusts and funders to commission artists to improve our health care environments.

The latest Commission opportunities can be viewed here.

The arts can transform sterile, clinical environments into more supportive, relaxing public spaces. This work can include anything from improving signage around the hospital to offering positive distraction to service users in waiting areas. At the Princess Elizabeth Hospital all our artwork is themed around bringing the outside inside, linking to nature and the landscape of Guernsey.

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We also commission hospital and community based arts programmes and activities which can be either:

Participatory Arts:

These are creative sessions which are led by an artist. The activity may be about bringing people together to have fun and create art with the aim of reducing isolation or it can be more focused on working with people affected by a particular health condition.

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Arts Therapists:

These are registered therapists who use the arts as their main form of communication working one to one or in groups with service users. They are accredited and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

For more information on the Arts in Health programme at Health and Social Care please contact: Lottie Barnes (Arts, Culture and Health Manager) Lottie.barnes@gov.gg.

 

 

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