Visual arts

Multi-sensory workshops

The charity hosts regular multi-sensory workshops facilitated by Paper Birch. The workshops offer patients the chance to learn new skills, including activities such as painting, herb workshops, and making bunting. They take place in both Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, on the following wards: Witherow, Lewis Lloyd, Thistlethwayte, Albert, Neuro-rehabilitation, Lady-Skinner, 8-South, 8-North and 8-West.  

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Art therapy and rehabilitation

We're delighted to now bring art therapy to patients in Paediatrics at St Mary's hospital, and the stroke wards at Charing Cross hospital. Unlike our other arts engagement projects, this service provides clinical art therapy which can help young people express and deal with difficult feelings using non-verbal communication.

This project is very generously supported by ArtSocial Foundation, a foundation that supports and establishes art therapy programmes to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.

Art rehabilitation, led by artist Emilie Salford, offers stroke survivors the opportunity to engage with art as part of their rehabilitation programme. Taking place on a weekly basis, the sessions create a unique space for stroke survivors to explore the benefits of arts engagement.  

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Art and wellbeing course

The Art and Wellbeing programme has been running for many years and is one of our most popular group workshops! The sessions take place on the second Saturday of every month, and its location moves in a rotation between St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospital. This rotation not only enables participants from different local areas to come and join the sessions, but also means our participants get to explore our wonderful Art Collection across all three sites!

The workshops are open to any present or past patients of the hospital, as well as NHS Staff. The sessions are run by our wonderful artist Marenka Gabeler, who takes participants to a different piece of artwork from our collection each session, and then runs a relaxed and creative class inspired by that particular piece of artwork.

Participants have said that they ‘always looked forward [to] participating in the art activities. They give me a reason to move about and do something creative and to meet friends in the group.’

If you’re interested in joining the group, feel free to contact us at, or call our Arts Engagement Assistant, Megan, on 0203 370 4975