Arts in Health
Creating Greater Good through Arts in Health
Throughout 2020 the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is celebrating 10 years of Arts in Health!
Launched on January 28 2010, our Arts in Health program has created a vibrant and bright hospital environment that helps to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, their families and staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Through art, play and music, we encourage curiosity and creativity to reduce the anxiety and distress of being in hospital.
There have always been strong synergies between art and health in relation to understanding the affect that the environment can have on a person or in the case of your Hospital, a child receiving treatment and their families, including their siblings. So bringing the two together, with the purpose of improving health and wellbeing, makes sense. By treating the whole child, instead of just their symptoms of illness or injury, our Foundation helps children and families achieve better health outcomes.
From providing pencils and colouring books in waiting areas, managing gallery spaces and artist workshops, collaborating with Hospital School to read books to children and working closely with the Play Therapy team, the Arts in Health program delivers smiles and fun throughout the Hospital.
Our Arts in Health program includes:
- Funding the Play Therapy program across the Hospital
- Presenting the Gallery & Exhibition program across five gallery spaces in the Hospital
- Delivering Artist Residencies and arts workshops for patients
- Literature projects that promote the benefits of reading for children and babies
- Music performances to enhance wellbeing
- Providing Animal Assisted Therapy for our young patients undergoing rehabilitation
Animal Assisted Therapy
The Animal Assisted Therapy program was launched in the Hospital’s Paediatric Rehabilitation Department in 2016. The ‘Dog Team’ has become another ‘tool’ that the Department’s staff can access as part of the rehabilitation program for children receiving treatment at the Hospital. Read on to find out more information about our Animal Assisted Therapy program and how you can support this initiative.
Gallery & Exhibition Program
Our Arts in Health program coordinates a changing visual art exhibition program across five galleries located in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The Heart Galleries bring visual art to the Hospital community to provide a space away from the stresses of treatment to distract, entertain and inspire, improving the Hospital environment.
Due to COVID-19 the Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions. In line with this advice and guidance and to ensure the safety of patients, their families and staff, the Foundation’s Arts in Health team has postponed our scheduled exhibition program, except for the Yellow Heart Gallery. We will continue to showcase the scheduled exhibitions on our social media platforms and website.
Artism forum postponed
In line with advice from SA Health and the WCHN regarding COVID-19, the WCH Foundation advises that we are postponing the Artism ‘Art as a second language, exploring creative and respectful ways of connecting with kids on the spectrum’ forum planned for 2 April. We continue to support the safety and wellbeing of the Hospital community and will advise when we can reschedule this event.
Celebrating 10 years of Arts in Health
This year the WCH Foundation is thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of our Arts in Health program.
Over the past decade the program has continually grown and now impacts over 83,000 patients each year and delivers a range of activities from visual art exhibitions, to literature and music programs, to assisted therapy using play, art and animals.