Enhancing Healthcare Environments


Summary:  This workshop series aims to support architects, artists, capital project managers and health clients to integrate art into healthcare environments in order to create distinctive and welcoming spaces, rooted in people and place, that make patients and staff feel valued.

"A thorough and invaluable grounding in the process of developing and delivering art commissions within quality frameworks; many relevant insights"

Based on Willis Newson’s award-winning work over the past 25 years, including its public art programme for the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, these workshops explore how sensitive and appropriate use of art can provide distraction, enable reflection, and support wayfinding across a range of healthcare environments.

"I found it informative and very clear. Having it focused on the case study of the palliative care unit grounded the information in examples which was very helpful. Jane explained and spoke with such calm enthusiasm and expertise - inspiring and detailed"

The training takes you through a step-by-step process supported by document templates and good practice guidance, based on Willis Newson’s experience of delivering award-winning arts in healthcare programmes.

Aimed at enabling you to commission and deliver patient-centred, integrated artworks to enhance healthcare environments, the workshop programme explores:

  • Evidence around the benefits of integrating art in healthcare environments
  • How to set a budget and build a Business Case for art
  • When to consider art within the development process
  • How to identify locations for art in relation to patient need and architectural opportunity
  • How to decide what kind of artwork is best for your context
  • How to find and commission the right artist
  • How to brief, manage and support an artist so that they deliver their best work
  • How to engage patients, staff and the wider community in the process
  • How to ensure artworks are safe and fit for purpose

The workshops draw on a long experience of working with artists, architects, developers, healthcare clients and patients across a range of healthcare environments, and it includes a mixture of taught content, case studies and interactive sharing and discussion.

"I felt using one case study was a brilliant way of clearly illustrating the journey of conception to realisation and any issues which could be encountered along the way. Thank you!"


Led by Willis Newson Director, Jane Willis. A pioneer of the arts and health field, Jane founded Vital Arts, the arts programme for Bart’s Health NHS Trust, in 1994. Since then, as Director of arts, health and well-being consultancy Willis Newson, she has worked with health and arts partners across the UK - Including more than 32 NHS Trusts and Health Boards, Arts Council Wales, National Museum Wales, Arts Council England, The Kings Fund and The Royal Society of Public Health - to produce award-winning arts, health and wellbeing programmes.

She is particularly interested in developing creative solutions to strategic health needs and in supporting skills development within the sector. Working with Professor Norma Daykin at the University of Tampere, Finland, she has contributed to improved evaluation practice within the sector through research programmes, training and resources including www.creativeandcredible.co.uk.

For more information about future training dates, or to arrange tailored in-house support, contact Jane Willis, Director, Willis Newson - Jane@willisnewson.co.uk

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Kate Bond’s designs flow across the entrance and into the family room to create a calm, reassuring welcome. Willis Newson worked with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and KKE Architects to curate a programme of artworks for The Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit at The Royal Glamorgan Hospital.