Arts for Health: Exploring best practice for children’s hospitals

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Curtis P A

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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The overarching purpose of the project was to explore, with a range of practitioners (architects and designers, artists, commissioners and health care practitioners) in Australia and New Zealand, how decisions are made about the design of children’s hospital environments and the appropriateness of visual and installation art for children and families. The main aim was therefore to make available examples of good practice that could help arts for health and healthcare practitioners to improve hospital environments for children in the UK.

The project’s findings were divided into seven main themes, which led to a number of recommendations. The Report highlights 3 different visions for, or approaches to arts for health, which have been characterised as curating, architecture and interior design, and branding but also raises the importance of further research to help to understand how children respond to each approach, within different hospital contexts.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Visual Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Curtis, P. A. (2018). Arts for Health: Exploring best practice for children’s hospitals. UK: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.