CR Annual Client of the Year: Vital Arts

Each year, as part of the CR Annual, we choose a Client of the Year to recognise the importance of a client in producing great work. For 2016, that honour goes to Vital Arts

Vital Arts’ projects have frequently appeared both in our Annual and in regular issues of Creative Review over the past few years. As the arts organisation for the Barts Health NHS Trust, it delivers projects across five hospitals in east London.

In these times of austerity, the case for art and design within our hospitals can be a tough one to make. But Vital Arts’ projects are always firmly rooted in the well-being of patients, staff and the wider hospital community. Its programmes transform the experience of being in hospital for patients, visitors and staff. And they work. Research has shown that carefully curated, appropriate art projects within hospitals can, for example, reduce anxiety and depression. The group’s arts participation programme, furthermore, creates practical solutions such as employing a chef and nutritionist to create a recipe book for renal patients who have to follow a strict diet.

James Aldridge's 2004 installation, Twilight, at Barts Health Breast Care Centre in London. The series of painted screens that frame the windows of the second floor waiting room were commissioned by Vital Arts
James Aldridge’s 2004 installation, Twilight, at Barts Health Breast Care Centre in London. The series of painted screens that frame the windows of the second floor waiting room were commissioned by Vital Arts

Vital Arts employs creativity to make a real difference to the lives of the vulnerable. And we are delighted to be able to recognise its contribution to making some of the most traumatic times of life more bearable.

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