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Art Is Good for One’s Mental Health, Says a U.K. Charity That Brings Patients and Artists Together for Collaborative Projects in Hospitals
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Art Is Good for One’s Mental Health, Says a U.K. Charity That Brings Patients and Artists Together for Collaborative Projects in Hospitals

The British charity Hospital Rooms has a clear mission to improve the standard of living for mental health patients through art. In the past six years, curator Niamh White and artist Tim A. Shaw have accessed the tightly controlled wards of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS)  buildings, collaborating with patients, clinicians, and artists at the top of their game, from Nick Knight and Julian Opie to Anish Kapoor and Tschabalala Self. White and Shaw began the charity after witnessing the stark, clinical ward that housed a close friend who had been hospitalized. Their first project at the Phoenix Unit in South West London, which helps those diagnosed with schizophrenia, brought together artists such as Gavin Turk, Sophie Clements, and Knight. Since then, they have worked w...