Hospital Rooms commission museum quality artists to create inventive, compelling and compliant environments and artworks for mental health units. Artists work collaboratively with service users, psychiatrists, allied health professionals and public health researchers to create inspirational spaces that enrich quality of life, encourage conversation, enhance self esteem and deepen ties between people.
By treating environments with the equivalent value assigned to national museums or galleries and widening access to creative activity, Hospital Rooms hope projects will have a transformational impact on the people we work with and encourage lifelong participation in the arts.
Global Health Disrupted has worked alongside Hospital Rooms to support their evaluation. Right now, we are working on how to assess the impact of visual art in mental health units: on the quality of life of both staff and patients. We've contributed to a number of workshops, strategic planning, and interactive evaluation exercises.