As a hospital and charity for nearly 90 years, we are committed to providing innovative care for our patients and wider community.
We are therefore delighted to be launching a new philanthropic programme to help people heal through the senses – “Healing Through Arts, Music & Culture.”
It has been proven that art, music and other forms of sensory experience can be powerful tools in the healing process. They can decrease pain perception, help to relieve depression and give people a better sense of control over their pain, both physically and emotionally.
Healing Through Arts, Music & Culture will see our dedicated cancer unit, The Duchess of Devonshire Wing, evolve even further as a hub of healing for patients, staff and visitors alike. It will feature a new gallery, installed in December 2021, as well as regular, intimate performances from the likes of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Opera House.
The gallery space presents diverse artwork from six participating artists, including patients. Each artist has donated their artwork and time to support this new programme, drawing upon a wide selection of styles and backgrounds for all to reflect upon and enjoy.
Throughout 2022, we will host regular events in the gallery including opportunities to meet the artists and learn what healing through art means to them. The artwork will remain on display until the summer of 2022, culminating in a silent auction event, with proceeds raised going directly to support our cancer services. More details to follow.
Meanwhile, our volunteer musicians play an array of instruments including piano, violin, cello and harp. As well as bringing music to the main reception area, on occasions it will be brought to different wards around the hospital and even individual patient rooms in support of their healing.
Throughout the years to come, Healing Through Arts, Music & Culture will connect health, creativity and well-being, adding another dimension to our commitment to holistic healing, while also supporting our artistic community.
Equally, the programme will serve as a platform to raise critical funds needed to support our ongoing cancer services, including our Moving On programme.
When it is safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming you to our gallery space at 22 Devonshire Place and future events. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.