Principal project partners:

PMP Plus

NHS HighlandNHS Highland


Project funding:

Highland 2007Arts and Business



Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital has always striven to provide the best clinical care possible, responding to and contributing to advances in medicine. Attitudes towards patient care have also evolved with a greater emphasis being placed on the hospital environment as a powerful factor in contributing to patient wellbeing and reducing stress levels.

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
A model healing arts program that is fully integrated into the pediatric clinical environment. Originally developed in conjunction with a new patient care pavilion, the healing arts program at Rady Children's engages all departments - old and new - creating an environment designed to enrich the experience of patients, families and staff. The program is in concert with our mission to restore, sustain and enhance the health and developmental potential of children. Currently, Rady Children’s has over 300 works of visual art, English- and Spanish-speaking storytellers, numerous musicians, visual artists in residence and several changing galleries featuring community and children’s art. Over the past five years, several healing gardens have been created for patients and their families. Each involved commissioning many artists and designers to transform four lackluster courtyards into whimsical outdoor retreats. These peaceful sanctuaries provide quiet respite for patients, families and staff promoting health and well-being for all who visit Rady Children’s.

Centre for Health Science, Inverness
The Centre for Health Science is a purpose-built, multi-user bio-medical research, education and business incubation facility next to Raigmore Hospital and adjacent to LifeScan Scotland Ltd. A generous slice of the building's budget has been allocated to a major public art programme, headed by Lead Artist Jacqueline Donachie.

Maggies Centres - Healing Environment, Design and Landscape
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres are day-care centres which aim to help anyone who has, or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends. The charity was founded by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, Charles Jencks, she believed in the ability of buildings to uplift people and Maggie's foundations are based in a belief in the importance of design and architecture. Consequently, the buildings have been designed by leading architects with sensitive landscaping.

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre
The £3.5 million Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Barton Hill opened in late 2004. The project was funded and managed by Community at Heart with New Deal for Communities investment. The project was driven from the start by the vision of a small group of residents, known as HP2, who oversaw the whole process. For four years, the group worked closely with the architects, Quattro Designs, artists, the construction company and Bristol North Primary Care Trust, to turn their vision into reality. Artists were commissioned to create art work as an integrated part of the building; the final cost for their commissions was £162,238. Another £22,271 was spent on management, workshops, events, publicity, extra architects' fees and other costs. Ruth Hecht, Community at Heart's Arts Co-ordinator, was responsible for managing the public art project and liaison between the artists, residents, architects and health staff. For more information an online case study is available at

Brent Emergency Care and Diagnostic Centre, Central Middlesex Hospital, London
A comprehensive arts strategy based on the theme of “Healing in the City” has been devised to reflect the diversity of the surrounding multi-ethnic inner city community in a manner which complements and enhances the architectural design. The essential integration of Art in BECaD has been recognised by world class artists such as Susanna Heron, whose unique design for an etched glass wall was conceived from the start as part of the architecture of the building. The Design Team has been working from the start with the architects and the building consortium to ensure that art is not an ‘add-on’ but an integral part of the design of the building. Arts and Business, the national body linking art and architecture with the world of business, unanimously agreed that the ‘The Window’, Susanna Heron’s etched glass curtain wall met with all their criteria. Community Regeneration Park Royal Partnership regeneration agency together with The Arts Council of England, have recognised the vital role that BECaD and the arts will play in the regeneration process of what has been an historically deprived community. This is a tremendous opportunity for art to act as the catalyst for regeneration of a community, and improve a ‘way of life’ for the local people who will provide the patient catchment for this urban acute hospital.

New Victoria Hospital
New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow has been developed based on the concept of “The Hospital in the Park” – a theme which emphasises the qualities of therapy and sustainability inherent in the building. These characteristics have been explored further in a series of artworks which articulate and enhance the main public spaces in and around the new hospital. The Case Study is available on the Public Art Resource and Research Scotland website

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
One of the original arts in healthcare projects from the early 90’s.

The Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling University
The DSDC's principal aim is to disseminate research and good practice about home and hospital care for people with any type of dementia. The centre is based in the Iris Murdoch Building, which was purpose-built as an example of good dementia-friendly design. Self-guided audio tours of the building are available free of charge.


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