Welcome to ArtCare’s ebulletin, updating you on our arts in health projects at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and beyond.


This issue at a glance:

  • Downton Ward
  • Talking Journeys
  • Rose Flint’s poetry
  • Mary Lou Revue
  • ArtCare Open Days
  • Florence 200 project


Current Exhibitions

Stourhead in the snow, acrylic painting by Fiona Forbes

Salisbury Group of Artists: Annual exhibition from local group with a variety of affordable works. Until 2nd January 2020, Level 3 and 4 Main hospital and Medical Surgical Outpatients corridors.
View our exhibition page on ArtCare website


History website

WW1 nurses on book cover

Explore the hospital archives on our dedicated website


ArtCare website

Find out more about our projects, news, exhibitions, volunteering and more. www.artcaresalisbury.uk

Downton Ward

montage of local views on Downton Ward

With funding from the League of Friends, ArtCare helped Downton Ward to create an up to date, fresh and welcoming ward atmosphere for patients and staff. The ward was looking tired and had not had any refurbishment for 20 years. ArtCare together with the staff identified the areas that needed improvement, which included a focus for patients in side rooms and better signage. Pictures of the village of Downton and its surrounding countryside have brought some much needed colour and inspiration to the ward. Sister Paula Dawson said, “Even though this project was small, the creation of welcoming surroundings has had a very positive impact on ward morale.”


Talking Journeys

Talking journeys logo

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 Talking Journeys on our website.

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. If you are an artist and would be willing to give us permission to use any of your images please email us up to 10 images or provide a link to the images online.


Rose Flint’s poetry

Poetry book cover

A special edition booklet celebrating and re-publishing poetry and words written with poet Rose Flint during her time with ArtCare is now available to download as a pdf from the ArtCare website. The poems are illustrated by Penny Robbins and are a great way to be inspired throughout the coming winter months.

Rose Flint has worked with many different patients at Salisbury District Hospital since 2002, initially as part of the Kingfisher project and later as a regular Elevate programme artist. ArtCare would like to thank her for providing inspiration to so many people and to wish her well for the future.


Mary Lou Revue

Mary Lou revue performers as usherettes on ward

The Mary Lou Revue Vintage Cabaret have been offering musical refreshments to patients, staff and visitors at Salisbury District Hospital. Featuring a delicious selection of classic songs and magical dance moments, from the 1920s onwards, their delightful show was taken directly to patients’ bedsides, as well as the day room on Spire Ward and to Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury. Everyone watching had the chance to choose from a variety of songs and join in with singing and moving with the use of various colourful props. Even our older patients couldn’t resist getting up to dance around the bay with staff members. Mary Lou Revue are supported by Arts Council England and Creating with Care.


ArtCare Open Days

Open day logo dates

Get to know ArtCare in more detail at our interactive and networking events that celebrate Arts in Health and its impact on people. We’d love to meet a range of people from students and staff, public and patients, commissioners and practitioners – anyone who wants to know more about what Arts in Health is and how it reaches people in ways that regular healthcare practice does not. Come along and connect, learn and explore with us! Dates: 23rd March or 29th June 2020. To book tickets please visit our Eventbrite page Special discount – save £25 by entering code EXPRESS valid until 31st December 2019.

Want to know more about Arts in Health? Visit our website for a helpful guide.


Florence 200 project

Florence Nightingale portraitLouise Jordan, local singer songwriter and performer, has received Arts Council England funding to make a show for 2020 to celebrate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and her connections to Salisbury. In October Louise visited Salisbury District Hospital to talk to current and retired nursing staff about their careers. These discussions will inform her songwriting and the show, which will tour next year, will include a special day of performances here at the hospital in May 2020 to coincide with International Nurses Day.