ArtCare celebrates 25th anniversary

ArtCare is celebrating 25 years of bringing colour and inspiration to patients, staff and visitors to Salisbury District Hospital. During this time the team has organised over 400 projects ranging from temporary exhibitions to participatory activities. ArtCare also acquires permanent artwork for the hospital and advises on interior design, working with patients, staff and public to improve the hospital environment. The Staff Arts Club helps staff unwind after work and the Elevate programme provides weekly dance, music, storytelling and reminiscence activities to reduce isolation and anxiety in patients on the wards.

ArtCare was started in 1991 by Emma Ryder Richardson who began commissioning artworks prior to the move of hospital services from the General Infirmary to Odstock. Since then the team has grown in number and now has four part-time staff members, assisted by a technician, exhibitions assistant and regular volunteers. Funded by charitable grants, the team are managed by Ian Robinson, Head of Facilities. Ian said, ‘The team have made an enormous contribution to the hospital environment and in supporting patients and staff across the hospital. Congratulations to them on their achievement.’