Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Patients

“Developing my own art practice has opened up a whole new world for me to look forward to. It means so much just to be able to do something normal and it has really helped me to build up confidence.” Day services patient

The art and creative writing service is offered by the hospice to ensure that people have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful activity that can enhance a sense of wellbeing during an anxious and difficult time in their lives.

The art room provides an environment where people can express themselves and develop their own creativity over time.

For some patients the art room experience can be a relaxing and absorbing activity, for others it presents positive challenges.

Certainly for most patients it is a chance to engage with a significant and life-enriching activity that can connect them to a sense of self and offer opportunities to develop new and exciting ways of seeing.

Everyone is welcome, whether you have previous experience in art making or not. 

We believe that we all have the capacity to be creative, and that each and every person makes art in their own way.

Our dedicated and experienced team of artists will work with you to encourage and support this personal creative journey.

What we offer

Patient art workshops (individual projects undertaken within a group).

Individual patient creative writing workshops (one to one).

When

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sessions begin at 10.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

How to be referred

To be referred to the art room you must be a patient at the hospice.

Please ask to be referred to by the person in charge of your care, whether you are being seen in day services, as an outpatient, as an inpatient or at home.

What happens while I am there?

The art room's resident artists will introduce a range of art materials, and discuss your expectations and any concerns you may have. 

Sessions focus on the creative process itself and participants are supported to experiment with colour and mark-making, while working at their own pace.

Private, one-to-one creative writing sessions allow patients the opportunity to explore fictional writing, poetry or autobiographical work.

Our art room creative writer can also help you write a significant letter to a loved one. 

We are not art therapists and it is not our intention to analyse or explore issues raised by the creative process.

If you are interested family support services may be able to offer art therapy if required.