Making healing an art form

The healing arts project aims to promote health, healing and a sense of wellbeing for the community we serve through the use of arts and the environment.

Benefactors leaves Friarage

It stemmed from the trust’s belief that the effective delivery of the healthcare does not simply begin and end with clinical treatment but rather by adopting a holistic approach to patient care.

Research has shown the thoughtful use of colours, lights, art, texture and performing arts in hospitals can aid a person’s recovery and create a lasting impression to everyone who visits and works there.

A number of artists have undertaken commissions at The James Cook University Hospital based on the theme of Captain Cook and at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton using transport.

As new developments come along we ensure that careful attention to the environment and the inclusion of art is an integral part of the planning process.

However we were conscious of the fact that NHS funding should be used for direct patient care rather than what some people would regard as the ‘softer’ areas of healthcare, which is the reason why we set up the Charitable Trust.

The success of the continuity of the integration of art trust wide is dependant on the availability of funding. Recognition of the donations made to the Arts Trust Fund is made by inclusion on the benefactor panels at both the James Cook and Friarage sites.

As part of this initiative a performing arts programme was also launched, supported by the international opera singer and ambassador for Middlesbrough Suzannah Clarke who is also our patron. Poets, musicians, singers and actors now regularly perform in various parts of the hospital for staff, patients and visitors.

Chey Garland is our patron at The James Cook University Hospital and the world-renowned artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, is our patron at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

We are grateful to all those artists and many others who have been involved in making our hospitals special.