09 November 2018

Staff and service users within City and Hackney Personality Disorder service at the Trust’s Vivienne Cohen House site are delighted to be the proud recipients of fifteen world famous artists’ works, to be hung and displayed within the building in the new year.

Paintings in Hospitals is a national charity dedicated to bringing art to hospitals and health centres. Their mission statement says ‘art helps keep us well. It can aid our recovery from illness and support longer, healthier lives.’ The cost of organising and arranging for the hanging of the art works  came to nearly two thousand pounds which Paintings in Hospitals was able to secure funding for.

From a long list of thirty works of art, staff and service users at Vivienne Cohen House voted to decide on which fifteen they would like to host for the duration of the loan period. The most popular pieces chosen included Blue Skye Garden by Sheila Martin, Souvenir by Ian Tyson and Mending the Nets by Ken Symonds.

Taiseer Shelhi, Clinical Practitioner in Psychotherapy for the service, was inspired to make contact with Paintings in Hospitals earlier this summer: ‘Art is so important to all our lives, and the whole process itself has already had a massive impact on everyone here, both staff and service users. Thank you to everyone that has helped to make this happen, especially the dedicated people at Paintings in Hospitals. What great work they do.’ 

The painting here is called Mending the Nets, by Ken Symonds, one of the works chosen by the staff and service users at Vivian Cohen House. 

Learn more about Paintings in Hospitals here: https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/