Hospital Rooms was co-founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White after a close friend was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. They were shocked to find that the environment that she was in at this very distressing time was not only cold and clinical, but also dilapidated and run down.
Hospital Rooms now bring extraordinary art and creative activity to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society. So far, we have undertaken a number of acclaimed projects, completed in some of the most challenging mental health settings. These units look after people with severe and enduring mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, mania, psychosis, personality disorders and dementia.
We commission world class artists to work with mental health patients and staff in collaborative and responsive workshops. Together, we are radically transforming bleak clinical environments and making them imaginative and thoughtful.
"Our patients have loved this process. Some, who have never before engaged in art have cut their leave short to attend sessions. Others have wept tears of joy, described workshops as ‘the best day of their lives’ and told us that the sessions have eased times of utter despair. Thank you Hospital Rooms."
- Staff Member, Hellingly Centre
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