The Healing Arts Programme

UHCW Healing Arts CoventryIt 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 Healing Arts Programme at UHCW 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


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.

Artist Led Workshops and Music

Local artists and volunteers regularly offer a variety of activities to patients in hospital, including storytelling, painting, music and poetry, encouraging patient interaction, movement and memory. Arts and participation in arts activities is well evidenced as improving care and outcomes especially for people with communications and cognitive impairments and dementia.

Art Cart

The art cart visits wards daily offering patients something creative to do at bedsides. Packs are free and include painting, embroidery, games and puzzles.

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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 University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity website.
If you are a local artist, writer or musician and would like to support our project do get in touch by emailing