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.

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!

Sessions take place on the second Saturday of every month at Kindred studios, a creative hub based in Shepherd's Bush. The workshops are open to any present or past patients of Imperial NHS Trust hospitals, as well as NHS Staff. The sessions are run by our wonderful artist Marenka Gabeler, who shares a particular artist or artwork at the start, and then runs a relaxed and creative class in response.

Previous workshops took place in rotation between St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospital. Marenka took participants to a different piece of artwork from our collection each session, the sessions were then inspired by the particular piece of artwork. This rotation not only enabled participants from different local areas to come and join the sessions, but also meant our participants got to explore our wonderful Art Collection across all three sites!

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 Co-ordinator, Lauren, on 0203 370 4975