In this section you will find a selection of related news, artwork and other online links.



The theme for this year is Nurses: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare. CLICK HERE for the Royal College of Nursing's website, where you can hear the experience of a variety of nurses who have worked though the pandemic.

At 5.30pm on 12th May there's an online event: In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: the COVID-19 Pandemic. "This event, hosted by nurse and author of The Language of Kindness Christie Watson, is the first in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing." CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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Staff Nurse Stacey Hearl made this portrait of patient Sharon Houston during a remote art session at Inverclyde Royal Hospital Renal Unit. Artists Maria Doyle and Belinda Guidi have been working remotely with patients there during the pandemic. Patients have been assisted by Senior Charge Nurse Julie Tortolano and Sister Hyslop. With thanks to Dr Mun Woo. "It was refreshing to see the patients engage with each other within the unit as they did the art. Staff also joined in. It should really be part of nurse training. It really improved our connection with patients!!"

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The Modern Institute presents a new body of acrylic works on paper and canvas by artist and musician Chris Johanson. 

"Like many this year, I was in personal confinement on the west coast in Oregon, with some short stints in very isolated California amidst the virus, protests, the creeping bleakness of the White House, and the unhealthy air from the fires navigating the grocery stores – alongside all the cancelled work that comes with the current situation of the world. All the while, my rescheduled show at The Modern Institute was approaching.
My mind, like many reading this, has been affected by the strangeness of these times. The equation of having an art show was glitching my thinking. I have been making these canvases in a deliberately measured and quiet way to slow down my thoughts, to reduce the noise of my life. Using less paint on raw, used canvas that I have found, is a process of making art I’ve employed for the last three years. This would have been the exhibit I’d likely have presented had the strangeness of now hadn’t permeated my Self. These pieces are in a way ‘meditation paintings’ where I am trying, calmly, to visualize and process the impermanence and fluid weight of being. I don’t know if I articulate this, but it is what I am thinking about."

Chris Johanson.




An annual, collaborative effort to increase awareness and reduce prevalence of delirium across the globe.

From 16 – 17 March, tune in to a continuous livestream of webinars promoting delirium education and awareness.  Visit  to see the schedule of planned events and available resources.

Below is one of many informative video lectures organised by The International Federation of Delirium Societies. To watch more of the iDelirium talks visit their Youtube channel iDelirium WDAD.

Above video: Improving Delirium Care through the Power of Collaboration 

Dr. Carly Welch is a Registrar in Geriatric Medicine in Birmingham, England. Dr. Welch presents important findings on delirium, frailty and how they are linked.


2020: STORIES,


"Last year we invited you to send us your 2020: Stories, Portraits and Visions to be included in You Are Here, a new display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Five artworks from the national collection were shown in the gallery alongside a rotating selection from the public submissions you can see below.

We hope these works offer you an opportunity to reflect on the events of 2020 and glimpse brief snapshots into other lives lived during this difficult and troubling time."


CLICK HERE for the Mental Health Foundation's website, which offers many resources, videos, stories and research on wellbeing and mental health.

CLICK HERE for a link to Mind's website, with more resources "We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner."

People’s Choice Award: Dr Mun Woo, Associate Specialist, Renal Unit, Inverclyde Royal Hospital.


This year marked the first ever People’s Choice Award, and Dr Woo was delighted to have won the hearts of the public vote.

She has been keeping her kidney dialysis patients safe during the pandemic. In collaboration with the Art in Hospital organisation, she and the team re-introduced IRH’s creative arts programme which provided patients with a creative space during dialysis treatment.

She said: “Every single individual has made a personal special contribution and is equally deserving of the award.  I am totally overwhelmed to be voted as winner of the People’s Choice Award and am tremendously grateful for the support I have received.

“This is indeed a privilege for me and the whole Renal team – thank you so very much!”


Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

There's a variety of online exhibitions and events, you can look at the project via their website HERE.

One of the events as part of the project is titled: The Wild West of Scotland: From Buffalo Bill to Outlander, click HERE to register and for more information.

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The Wild West of Scotland: From Buffalo Bill to Outlander. Black and white photo

Today is a celebration of the art being made in care homes. One of the Art in Hospital projects is at Greenfield Park Care Home, and we have been running art sessions there for over twenty years. We have been continuing to work remotely with the residents and staff during this uncertain period, and wonderful artwork continues to be made. 

'It's been great to have the continued support from Art in Hospital during this difficult time. They have continued to support us from afar! From calling to speak with residents and our activity team, checking in via email, to sending us art supplies for staff and residents. They continue to be an integral part of our team and have adapted to ensure they are still a part of our residents' lives - Thankyou!!'
Robert Murray - manager of Greenfield Park Care Home

We have been massively helped by Greenfield Park' s activities coordinators Cammy, Jo and Michaela who have distributed art materials, kept us up to date on residents and facilitated residents to make artworks in our absence. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank them, Robert Murray and all of the staff and residents at Greenfield Park Care Home.

To see more of the work being

made follow us on instagram:

CLICK HERE to see artwork made by Helen Scott, and HERE to see work made by Matthew Brady, they both attended the sessions at Greenfield Park, and were prolific artists!

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Drawing by John Cameron. Deep red and grey coloured figire with hat, resebmbling a sailor, on a soft orange background.

Image: John Cameron 'Untitled' (detail), colour pencil on paper, 2020



The Art in Hospital project at Inverclyde Renal Unit has contributed to a two day presentation by Lisa Ancliffe, Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist, Renal and Urology Services at Guy and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. This is part of UK Kidney Week virtual 2020, which includes a series of educational sessions using a virtual platform held over a two week period, starting on Monday 5th October, through to Thursday 15th October.

Click on the image below for some examples of the artwork and feedback.

Click HERE for more information about UK Kidney Week.

Pearl Finlay's artwork
Pearl Finlay's artwork

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Alistair Wilson quote

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Pearl Finlay's artwork
Pearl Finlay's artwork


The People's Picture

Rainbows for the NHS

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‘Rainbows for the NHS’ is a giant interactive ‘mosaic of hope’, made up of thousands of pictures and stories, submitted to the People’s Picture during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can explore the mosaic and the many lives of the NHS, key workers, carers and people from across the country.

The People’s Picture launched the project at London Piccadilly Lights on Monday 22 June 2020 and called out for people to submit their pictures and stories. Landsec and Ocean Outdoor donated the iconic screen as part of their community engagement programme which has continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

After collecting thousands of photos and stories, the final artwork has become a giant interactive online mosaic for the 72nd birthday of the NHS and will be extended nationally as multiple artworks in partnership with Landsec. People’s Picture hopes it will become a historic legacy piece for the NHS."

The People's Picture

Patient in an art session in renal dialysis ward.
Patient in an art session in renal dialysis ward.

Both photos above were selected to be included in the interactive mosaic, and were taken at the Inverclyde Royal where Art In Hospital deliver their remote project.


Rónán Collins, Geriatrician and Stroke Physician

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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 2015.

Professor Rónán Collins is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght University Hospital and National Clinical Lead for Stroke.  

This conversation between Rónán Collins and Emma Eager was recorded in January 2020 and has been edited for clarity and length.



Watch online: A Tribute to Black Women (They don’t get a chance) – Ann Carney & Barbara Phillips (1986)

June 9th - 16TH

"This video was made as an educational resource for schools in the late 1980s, A Tribute To Black Women was produced by the Black Women’s Media Project and WITCH. The film shows a group of young women on the streets of Liverpool using vox pop interviews, to ask people “How many famous Black women can you name who aren’t either sportswomen or entertainers?” Mostly the folks of Liverpool draw a blank – making the point that too little is known or taught about Black women...The video focuses on the careers of two women seldom mentioned in school history books – Harriet Tubman and Mary Seacole." (Cinenova)


Mary Seacole was a British Jamaican nurse and business woman who set up the 'British Hotel' in the Crimean War. More information about her life and work can be found HERE.

Photograph of Mary Seacole, c. 1873. Black and white photo of woman in a grand dress looking downwards.

Photograph of Mary Seacole, c. 1873, unknown photographer. Public domain image.




Maria Doyle and Neil Bickerton discuss Art in Hospital and its response to Covid 19.

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Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland:

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Keeping the Conversation Going: Loneliness and Social Isolation

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An online discussion of creative responses to loneliness and social isolation in Scotland during COVID-19.

A free online event in collaboration with members of  Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland with the spotlight on creative responses to loneliness and social isolation at this time. Join us to explore the essential role arts and health organisations and practitioners have been playing during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to play beyond it. With inputs from arts and health practitioners and plenty of scope for discussion, join us to discuss ideas for creative renewal, practice and recovery, against the backdrop of the increased loneliness and social isolation generated by the lock-down.


  • Robbie McGhee, Chair of Arts, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Scotland and Associate Director, Art in Hospital

  • Jan-Bert van den Berg, Director, Artlink

  • Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland

  • Christina Liddell, Choreographer and Catriona MacIntyre, Arts Activities Coordinator, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity 


International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This year in particular it was an extra special occasion because not only does it fall during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it also marked the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth. Here are some photographs from around PDRU, where one of Art in Hospital's projects is based. Click here for a short video.

Nurse with rainbow sign.
Nurse with rainbow sign.
Group of nurses sitting outside in the sunshine.
Nurse with rainbow sign.

Click here for more information on the Royal College of Nursing's site.


Responding to covid-19: Sharing stories from creative professionals across the UK

"The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland, the Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network and Arts Care (Northern Ireland) have come together as a partnership of organisations and networks across the UK to find ways to support the culture, health and wellbeing sector during covid-19 and beyond.

Creative professionals have begun to weave their way through this crisis, to adapt and respond in a multitude of ways that comprehend the complexity of covid-19 and all its ramifications, but remain true to the generous principles and professionalism within socially engaged practice.

We have asked five freelance creative professionals engaging with health and wellbeing from each nation to reflect on their responses."

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In the wake of George Floyd's death and the consequent Black Lives Matters protests the Tate have curated material around their collections that focus on the lives of Black artists and the stories behind their work. There are reading lists, audio and film interviews with prominent artists, and responses to the Tate's collections  from their Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Network and more.

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Portrait of Dr Elizabeth Oomen who is a doctor at Gartnavel General hospital in Glasgow, by Hugh Gillan.

Charcoal portrait of Dr Elizabeth Oomen.




"Originally planned to coincide with Glasgow International 2020, this exhibition comprises works by a range of painters, across generations. Conceived as a reprise of the first show mounted at 42 Carlton Place (2012), it includes some of the artists shown then, some who’ve been exhibited here subsequently, and some new names."

42 Carlton Place

Anonymous, sketch of farm buildings, 1840, oil on canvas on board. A bright sunny day, pale farm buildings, with archway over the small lane.

Anonymous, sketch of farm buildings, 1840, oil on canvas on board, 28 x 29 cm. Courtesy of Carlton Place.