Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Sharing best practice

“When we think about an artistic practice we can liken it to having a conversation. This conversation happens and develops over time with the participant. It builds a dialogue and a deep understanding of an individual’s practice, with the artwork at the core.” Artist

The art room staff are all passionate believers in the benefits of engaging with creativity to gain a sense of wellbeing and we believe in the value of each and every mark or word made by the people we work with.

As graduates and practitioners with active art and creative writing practices of our own, we have more than 30 years' combined experience in working in the area of arts and health, and bring a range of skills to the service we provide.

Our approach is centred on the process of mark-making, giving voice to words and ideas, experimentation and discovery.

We strive to support people by offering them choices and a sense of control.

In achieving a sense of autonomy and agency, people can regain a sense of control and independence in their lives, often taken away by illness, disability or caring responsibilities.

We offer participants a wide range of art materials and mediums, from traditional drawing and painting, to digital photography, sculpture, and print-making techniques.

There are also plans to introduce video and animation and digital media in the future.

The art room has strong links with the vibrant cultural life of Glasgow, including our soon-to-be neighbours at the Art Sheds, House for an Art Lover and with Glasgow Life.

At the hospice, quality is ensured via the ongoing learning undertaken by all the art service staff, through their own art or writing practices, as well as the team being active members of a wider community of writers and artists working in participatory or socially engaged settings.

As practitioners we draw on this experience to reference other contemporary practices to support the people we work with, and can empathise and support people through the difficulties that can arise.

As a service we strive to encourage participants to be active members of the cultural life of the city of Glasgow.

A public exhibition programme supports the work we do in the art room and helps connect the people we work with to the wider cultural life of the city of Glasgow and beyond.

Previous exhibiting venues have included House for an Art Lover, Tramway, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland Street Museum, the Scottish Parliament and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, in addition to our presence at national conferences on palliative care.

The art room has developed from a two-year project in 2003, managed by Art in Hospital (2003-2015) and led by Marielle MacLeman as artist co-ordinator (2003-2010), into the service managed by The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice today.

More information on how the art room operates as an integrated service at the hospice is available here.