Details of how to exhibit with us, as well as opportunities for workshop leaders, student work experience, specific volunteer recruitment, artist commissions and occasional vacancies can be found here.

Artists images needed

Talking Journeys project

Talking Journeys is a pilot project in partnership with The National Poetry Library and the Salisbury Spinal Rehabilitation Centre. The aim of the project is to improve the experience of a hospital stay and create meaningful activity and deliver personalised, inspiring outcomes. You can read more about the Talking Journeys on our project page.

As part of this project, we would like to be able to share some of the ‘journeys’ online, published on a dedicated page on the ArtCare website and shared via Twitter, Facebook and Arts in Health channels. For this we need to use creative materials and artworks that can be shared publicly.

Would you be willing to give us permission to use any of your images? We would only use images you agree to let us publish. The image size would not be large enough to turn into printed materials. We would only use any images with your approved credit and your approved contact or website information. View an example journey here to get an idea of how it will be presented.

Want us to include your images? Email us at and say YES! to our Talking Journeys project. Either send up to 10 images or send a link to your website or other online source. IMPORTANT: You must be the rightful copyright owner of the image to grant us a license to use the work for this project.

How do I exhibit?

2D and 3D artists

ArtCare has a temporary exhibition space along the main hospital corridors and regularly programmes individual artists and groups to display 2D artworks in a variety of media. Exhibitions are programmed 12-18 months in advance. There is also an annual Open Exhibition, which takes place in early spring, where local and regional artists can submit up to 5 pieces of work for selection. Submission packs are usually sent out to artists on our mailing list in February and details advertised in local press at that time too. Find out more by downloading our general guidelines for exhibiting 2D artworks at the hospital.

For 3D artists ArtCare has a locked external courtyard off the main corridor on Level 4, SDH North for displaying large external pieces such as stone sculpture, bronze, willow, and installation art. Pieces are viewed from inside through large windows.

To register your interest in exhibiting either 2D or 3D artwork you must download and complete a database form, or request a paper copy by calling the office, and return it together with a short description about the proposed themes, media, amount of work you would like to show and your availability via email to Lesley Self


Open Exhibition 2020

Calling all local and regional artists who would like to submit works for selection in this year’s annual open exhibition.

Hand in dates: Saturday 14th March, 10am-12noon and Monday 16th March 2020, 10am–4pm.

For further details download our Open Exhibition submission pack

Please read carefully as taking the time to prepare your work before arrival will ensure our delivery arrangements will run as smoothly as possible.

Work experience

GCSE and A-Level students

ArtCare provides opportunities for students interested in art to spend time working with the team gaining an insight into arts in health. Tasks are varied and you can expect to be involved in practical artwork as well as associated administrative tasks.

“Everyone in the ArtCare team has been very supportive and positive… I am happy that I chose to have my work experience here, as it has given me an improved understanding of the ArtCare department and the general workplace. I would definitely recommend applying for a placement here.” Jaye Sheppard, student

Students in Years 10 and 11, as well as A-level and degree students have all been on placements with ArtCare. The duration of placements is normally one week full-time, but other options can be considered. ‘My work experience’ – read one student’s blog post to find out more.

Applications for work experience must be received between Sept-Dec for a placement the following spring. This is to allow all the necessary checks to be carried out and for ArtCare to plan your activities. If you are interested in applying for work experience, please email Jo Jarvis, or write to: Voluntary Services, HR Dept, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, SP2 8BJ

Workshop leaders

Staff Arts Club

ArtCare organises regular artist-led workshops for staff at the hospital allowing them to ‘wind down’ after work. The Staff Arts Club workshops give staff a ‘taster’ of many different visual and performing arts, and activities have included everything from jewellery making and pastels to watercolour painting and singing. The workshops are usually 2 hours long and are held in the early evening. The workshops are booked six months in advance. As a guide workshop leaders are usually paid £80 for the session, plus materials and travel.

As an ArtCare workshop leader you would be expected to:

  • facilitate a workshop in your chosen artform providing staff with support appropriate to each individual
  • bring a range of creative skills and an open mind, encouraging people to explore their ideas
  • create a safe, enjoyable atmosphere respecting individual privacy and confidentiality
  • provide all materials and equipment needed for the workshop

ArtCare will provide an opportunity for you to gain experience and develop your skills in delivering a workshop to adults in a healthcare setting.

You don’t need to have specific qualifications but these are essential:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • confidence and experience in your chosen artform
  • experience of leading workshops in your chosen artform
  • suitable references ideally including feedback
  • an understanding of Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality

If you are interested in running a Staff Arts Club workshop please email Hazel Stock with your outline for your workshop proposal, details of your previous experience and two references. You may direct us to your website if you have some of this information online already.

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