Fresh Arts

We are very proud of our Fresh Arts programme, and thanks to your continued donations it is going from strength to strength.

Fresh Arts is for everyone – patients, visitors, families and staff.

It is a chance for people in our hospitals to enjoy creative arts as a therapeutic way to wellbeing – encompassing art, crafts and live music.

We know from significant research that through the arts hospitals can create a better healing environment, helping patients to get better quicker and improving health and wellbeing.

Your support can help ensure our Fresh Art programmes thrive, giving our patients distraction from boredom and pain, and offering them increased opportunities for social interaction, and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.

Live music programme

Play it Again

Local musicians perform on the wards in Elgar House at Southmead Hospital for our elderly patients and for our patients with dementia.

Live Music Now

New professional musicians perform for patients on wards in both Southmead and Cosham Hospitals. All musicians are specially trained for healthcare settings and help to create a therapeutic atmosphere.

Arts on Referral programme

‘I have liver cancer and my wife has dementia. Arts on Referral has helped, just knowing that there are groups there to   support us. That’s the thing that has helped us the most – a feeling of not being alone.’    Southmead Hospital patient

Our Arts on Referral programme is the first of its kind in an acute hospital setting and aims to help patients who have experienced cancer or who live with chronic pain or chronic breathlessness to find ways of coping with their condition.

Artist-led workshops provide a safe and supportive setting where patients can meet others with similar conditions and enjoy creative activities together.

Our evaluation showed the number of patients with cancer who took part in the programme noted their happiness and wellbeing had increased from 40% at the beginning to 69%.

To find out more or to be referred to a programme please contact our Fresh Arts team.

Dance for Parkinson’s

Dance for Parkinson’s offers weekly tailored dance sessions for outpatients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. These sessions, led by dance professionals, bring people together to enjoy movement, music and self-expression in a friendly and fun social space. Each session is rounded off with a cuppa.

As well as improving physical health, the dancing also contributes positively to the mental wellbeing of people taking part. Thanks to all of our partners who have made this project possible: Bristol City Council, Parkinson’s UK, the Bristol and District Parkinson’s Group and Dance for Parkinson’s UK.

Visual arts and exhibitions

This programme includes public displays of art including paintings, photographs and sculptures from staff, the local community and professional artists. It also encompasses the design of clinical and public spaces to create a visually uplifting and therapeutic environment for our patients and staff.

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