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​Arts in Hospital

​Arts in Hospital is a small, charitable organisation based at Dorset County Hospital. We aim to enhance the healing environment, raise patients' spirits and give pleasure to all who are concerned wi​​​​th their welfare. ​

Our core objectives are to support patients and staff through therapeutic art projects that have medical and social benefit, engage the wider community on creative projects based on health and wellbeing outcomes like health promotion, programme temporary exhibitions/maintain a permanent collection of life affirming artwork shown throughout the hospital and satellite facilities to create a healing environment. 

We are dependent on charitable grants and donations to support the work we do and our finances are administered by the charitable trust at Dorset County Hospital. (Charity registration no. 1056479). ​

For more information about Arts in Hospital, contact Suzy at or call 01305 253424.

Agnes by Mike Chapman​

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Photographer Tony Gill with DCH staff and representatives from funders Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unveiling the artworks on Day Lewis Ward​​​


How we Work

Arts in Hospital funds all purchases, commissions and projects through applying for funding from sources such as Arts Council England (Lottery funding), other lottery funders such as Big Lottery, Charitable Trusts and Foundations & through raising funds via a members scheme, donations and fundraising events. 

There is also an agreement with the Trust that in large capital schemes a percentage of funds will be considered for artwork to be incorporated into new developments, where appropriate. 

Arts in Hospital staff salaries, office overheads and the maintenance of the collection are funded by NHS funds. Arts in Hospital is managed by a part time Arts Manager, supported by our Arts Administrator, as well as a dedicated group of volunteers and a steering group which includes members of hospital staff and the public.​​

Still from Blood Makes Noise, Peter Snelling, a science film that explores life with renal failure. ​Funded by The Wellcome Trust & Britsh Kidney Patient Association​

Support Us​

  • Donate to DCH NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Arts in Hospital)

  • Join our 'Friends of Arts in Hospital'. It is only £15 a year and you will get our newsletter, invitations to events and private views as well as information on any trips or workshops we are offering.

  • Support a particular project and fundraise with us

  • Sponsor a project and have your name associated with it

To make a donation or for any other enquiries contact Suzy at or call 01305 253424.

Arts in Hospital, DCHFT, Trust HQ, Williams Ave, Dorchester DT1 2JY​.

Red and Blue Crayons by Peter  Logan (1991) Donated by the Linbury Trust. ​