Magical Journeys: The national Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme 2016 Evaluation Report

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Adam S

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National Portrait Gallery

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The National Portrait Gallery’s Partnership Project with children’s hospitals called Magical Journeys operated in partnership with four leading London based Children’s Hospitals. The project delivered creative art workshops to children, young people and their families on hospital premises during school holidays. The four hospitals were Evelina London Children’s Hospital at Guy’s & St Thomas, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal London at Whitechapel and Newham University Hospital.

Magical Journeys was a three year (2014- 2017) multi-disciplinary creative arts programme using portraits of children’s authors and poets to explore the magical, fantastical, mythical places and characters created in children’s books. Artists, including the gallery network of poets, authors and storytellers lead creative one-day workshops to inspire patients and their families to explore the Collection.

The Gallery commissioned evaluation of this project in 2015 to better understand its impact and value on and for the various participants. The evaluation focused on the impact and value for patients, families, hospital staff, artists and gallery staff and categorised their findings under Physical, Cogntive and Social impacts.

For more information on the Hospital Schools programme , an Activity Book, Toolkit and online resources  –


Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Visual Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Adam,S. (2016). Magical Journeys: The National Portrait Gallery's Hospital Programme Evaluation Report. London: National Portrait Gallery.