Paintings and poetry can be food for the soul and help people cope with challenging times and mental health issues through visual stimulus.

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity has been working alongside the National Museum Wales – Amgueddfa Cymru to enhance healthcare settings with paintings and poetry, to benefit the wellbeing of staff, patients and visitors at hospital sites.

The artwork comprises of images of seascapes and waves to compliment the essence of the poetry, which are located in University Hospital Llandough, University Hospital of Wales, St David’s Hospital, Barry Hospital, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and Woodland House.

Each artwork also contains a QR Code, which when scanned, leads individuals to information around staff wellbeing and associated helpful resources which can be found on the Health Board’s website.

Kath Davies, Director of Collections and Research at Amgueddfa Cymru said: “Amgueddfa Cymru is delighted to have been able to help support the wellbeing of staff, patients and visitors.  Thank you to NHS staff at Cardiff and Vale who helped to select artworks under their chosen theme of Nature which celebrate the landscape and help bring the outdoors into the hospital environment to make space for contemplation and recovery. 

“This project is part of the Celf ar y Cyd (Celf ar y Cyd | National Museum Wales) which works with NHS staff across Wales to choose Artworks from the National Art Collection to make healthcare settings creative and inspiring spaces.”

Nicola Bevan, Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing Services said: “In the fast-paced world in which we work and live, taking a moment to pause and reflect is essential. The paintings and poetry give an individual a chance stop, take a breath and find a moment to find joy, peace and tranquillity.

“That micro break can be enough to re-energise and invest in some self-care. Having the links to the wellbeing resources means that staff can easily access resources at a time that suits their needs. I would like to thank both the Health Charity and the National Museum Wales for bringing art and wellbeing together for our staff.”

Simone Joslyn, Head of Health Charity and Arts for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “In a world in which we tend to look to what’s new, from cutting-edge science to medical breakthroughs for hope in better health, there’s something about paintings and words that helps a sense of wellbeing, grounding people and make them feel better.

“I’d like to thank the National Museum Wales who commissioned poets to write words in support of our staff, reflecting on the challenging year they have had.  I’d like to thank Grosvenor Interiors for  sharing these beautiful images with us which we hope will bring a sense of calm to those who see them.  I’d like to also thank colleagues from the Health Board’s Capital, Estates and Facilities Team for their support with the project.”

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