ArtCare team awarded £40,000 to protect and exhibit its historic collection

ArtCare has been awarded a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to archive and expand its collection of historical memorabilia and medical equipment. The collection includes photographs (like the one below of nurses training in the 1960s), video, artwork and medical objects that give a distinctive view of Salisbury and the way healthcare has developed from 1700 to the present day. There are letters by Florence Nightingale who writes about the welfare of nurses, to scratched graffiti from GIs waiting to deal with D-Day casualties in the 1940s. There is even a musical score composed for the hospital.

Nurses in training 1960s Salisbury

Lesley Meaker, ArtCare Lead for the History Project said: “We are delighted to receive this funding and, thanks to players of the National Lottery, this grant will enable us to improve the condition of the health and medicine collection at Salisbury District Hospital. It will also enable local people to see more of it over the next two years through touring exhibitions, talks and hands-on activities, which will culminate in an online website and permanent history display in the hospital.”

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Salisbury District Hospital has a fascinating collection which covers the 1700s to the present day. The HLF is delighted that our funding, with support from volunteers and the local community, will enable it to be preserved and transformed into a rich resource for people to enjoy and use.”

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

ArtCare will be training volunteers to record and preserve the collection for future use. They are also looking for people who can help develop the collection through their own personal stories or if they are happy to donate appropriate memorabilia to the hospital collection. Please contact Lesley on 01722 336262 ext 4884 or email.

ArtCare projects recognised at Striving for Excellence 2015 awards

ArtCare, along with staff teams in the Intensive Care Unit and Estates, were awarded the Service Improvement (Trust sponsored project) award at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust's annual 'Striving for Excellence' ceremony for the refurbishment of Radnor Ward.

The award recognised the hard work of the staff teams involved in creating a calmer, more sensitive and therapeutic environment for patients through a radical redesign and refurbishment of the unit.

Radnor corridor showing Martin Cook's photography

Rebecca Seymour, Elevate coordinator, was also awarded a highly commended for 'Everything stops for tea' - the monthly vintage style tea parties held on wards, which forms part of the Elevate programme.

Current Exhibitions

Ringwood Art Society
8 January - 6 February2016

Painting by Suzan Houching

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Open Exhibition 2016

The ArtCare Open is always an exhibition with works of outstanding quality, selected fairly from a large number of entries. It is a great way to showcase your work with nearly 4000 staff and tens-of-thousands of weekly visitors seeing work along the hospital corridors. Remember too that all money raised from entry fees, as well as commissions on sales, supports the ArtCare project.

Entries will be chosen for the final exhibition and an overall winner will receive a prize of £200 and an opportunity to exhibit later in the year. There will also be two runners-up prizes of £100

Handing in dates are:
Saturday 16th (10am-12noon) & Monday 18 April (10am – 5pm)

Download the 2016 Open Exhibition pack for more details and a submission form (pdf)

Staff Arts Club

Stained glass sunflower - Marilyn Taylor

A varied programme of one off workshops and short courses open to all hospital staff, including volunteers.

Programme up to March 2016>