About ArtCare

ArtCare is the arts in health service for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. The ArtCare team brings colour and inspiration to the Trust by delivering a quality arts programme, which is accepted as a vital element to the healing process. ArtCare achieves this by:

  • organising temporary exhibitions and acquiring permanent artworks for display around the hospital site
  • organising visual, performing and participatory arts activities to inspire staff, patients and visitors to the hospital
  • advising on interior design in the hospital

Arts in health is widely recognised as a valuable asset to the quality of care provided in hospitals. In all its activities ArtCare is looking to reinforce the link between the arts and healthcare and to raise awareness of the importance of a creative hospital environment to patient and staff well-being.

ArtCare celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and to date has successfully completed over 450 creative projects. A summary of many of our completed projects can be found on our project pages. Our services page details the range of projects we can offer within the hospital, as well as in the wider community and through Service Level Agreements with other health care settings.

ArtCare is a registered charity. An annual donation from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Trustees allows ArtCare to carry out its core activities. Additional funds are also raised through donations, exhibition sales and grants for specific projects.

ArtCare is currently supported by: ArtCare Friends, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Stars Appeal, Salisbury Hospital League of Friends, Wiltshire Council and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust. Find out how you can support the project.

ArtCare Strategy

ArtCare fully supports Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust's vision to provide an outstanding experience for every patient. Closely linked to the Trust's goals and values, ArtCare has set out a strategy for the next 5 years. View the ArtCare 5 year strategy. The Trust also has an Arts Policy which sets out the overall aims of the ArtCare service, as well as details of the management of the artwork collection.

ArtCare newsletter

ArtCare publishes yearly newsletter with features on our projects. Click on the links to view previous issues: