The Healing Arts Programme

It is recognised that the arts have a key role in delivering an improved patient environment and have a significant contribution to make in improving the wellbeing and health of patients, service users and carers as well as staff and those working in health and the arts.

The idea of embracing arts as an integral part of hospital design has been promoted by NHS Estates, The Princes Foundation, CABE and The Kings Fund; and in 2007, the Department of Health carried out a review of arts and health activity in the UK, providing evidence for its success. 

The Healing Arts Programme at UHCW was launched in 2009 and compliments patient care and welfare through a diverse range of activities, including visual and performing arts. The programme helps to address the concerns people face when they or a loved one comes into hospital, through softening the environment, complimenting care and integrating the hospital into the local community

Much has been achieved to date, including bespoke pieces of art for the Women’s and Children’s Entrance and Main Reception of University Hospital, installations of artwork along the hospital corridors as well as exhibitions and creative workshops in patient dayrooms. Local artists and volunteers now regularly offer a variety of activities to patients in hospital, including storytelling, painting, musical performances and poetry.

Healing Arts actively involves the local community in all aspects of the programme. From exhibiting local artworks to inviting along schools and community groups in bringing creative events and music to UHCW.

Support Our Healing Arts Programme, Today

The Healing Arts Programme relies solely on donations. Supporters can help by making a one off or regular donation. This can be done in person at the UHCW Charity Office in the main reception of University Hospital, or by visiting our online giving page here or see the other ways to donate read

If you would like to discuss sponsoring a specific activity such as the art cart, a musical performance/s or an artist led workshop, please contact Emma Linnane on 024 7696 8338

A Guide to Art on Display at University Hospital

University Hospital has over ten changing exhibition spaces dedicated to local artists. Works exhibited are a celebration of Coventry and Warwickshire, with new and established local artists, schools, community groups and creative organisations taking part.

The gallery spaces are located in the busiest areas of the hospital, and are changed regularly to refresh the clinical environment. In addition to changing works there are over twelve permanent art collections in the main hospital, increasing every year. 

Download our guide to the latest exhibitions at University Hospital (available shortly)

Exhibit Your Work or Run a Creative Workshop


We welcome Artists, Community Groups and Schools to show their work at University Hospital.

Creative Workshops

Our patients love Storytellers, creative writing and poetry groups, tmusic, puppetry and magic, and arts and crafts workshops.

For more information 

Contact Emma Linnane, Arts Co-ordinator on 024 7696 8338 or by emailing 

Keep up to date with the latest news and events by visiting the arts scrapbook: