ArtCare eXpress

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:

  • SDH Nature guide
  • Reusable catering cup
  • ‘I am Florence’ notebooks
  • Open exhibition
  • Garden technician wanted
  • Sculpture courtyard artist opportunity


Current Exhibitions

Watercolour painting of people on seafront with seagull

Artlook: Artists based in Hampshire and Wiltshire exhibit their diverse works in subject matter including landscapes, still life, figurative and abstract. Until 13th March 2020, Level 3 and 4 Main hospital and Medical Surgical Outpatients corridors.

Burgate Sixth Form: A-level art and photography students exhibition on the theme of Collections. Until 6th March 2020, Level 3 Plastic Outpatients corridor.

View our exhibition page


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.

SDH Nature Guide

Cover of guide showing orchid growing in hospital grounds

The SDH Nature Guide written by Salisbury District Hospital staff member James Macpherson, sponsored by Salisbury Hospital League of Friends, and designed by ArtCare has arrived. The booklet provides a month by month guide to the wildlife of Salisbury District Hospital and the surrounding area. As well as informing staff, patients and visitors about the wonderful array of flora and fauna on their doorstep, the booklet also aims to engage support for preservation of the site’s biodiversity. Author James Macpherson said, “This is a rare and special habitat with which southern England is particularly blessed… and which during my frequent walks around the SDH site I have been able to enjoy on a daily basis.” Copies are available to purchase from the League of Friends shop in the hospital’s main reception.


Reusable catering cup

blue lidded reusuable plastic cup with historical images of nursing and Florence Nightingale from hospital archive

ArtCare has designed a new special edition reusable cup in line with Salisbury District Hospital’s commitment to reduce single use plastic. The design uses images from the hospital’s historical archive and celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The cup is available to purchase in the hospital’s Springs Restaurant and Hedgerows Coffee shop for £5.

Read more about other activities planned by the hospital to mark this special year:

Read more about the stories behind the images on our history website:


‘I am Florence’ notebooks

extract from matron's notebook, 1920 Salisbury Infirmary

This month ArtCare are launching ‘I am Florence’, a special project supporting the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 celebrations at Salisbury District Hospital. ArtCare would like to invite Nurses and Midwives, including students and retired staff to share their stories about life as a nurse or midwife for our healthcare History project. We have 90 pocketbooks waiting to be filled with your thoughts and memories. Contact ArtCare on to take part. All completed books will be entered into a free draw to win a set of three reusuable cups including the new Florence 200 cup (see above).


Open exhibition

Pam labelling Open 2019 exhibition in corridor

A reminder to all local and regional artists who would like to submit works for selection in this year’s annual open exhibition that the hand in dates are: Saturday 14th March, 10am-12noon and Monday 16th March 2020, 10am–4pm. Please download our Open Exhibition submission pack and read carefully as taking the time to prepare your work before arrival will ensure our delivery arrangements will run as smoothly as possible.


Garden technician wanted

volunteers in courtyard

ArtCare are seeking a Garden Technician to lead volunteers working in patient garden areas at Salisbury District Hospital. The post is currently funded for at least one afternoon per month (3.5 hours) with the option for further dates to be added. The post would suit someone who enjoys being outdoors, has some gardening knowledge and likes to work as a team! You will also need to flexible on timings, self-employed and with your own Public Liability Insurance. For further information or an informal chat email Lesley Self or contact on 01722 336262 ext. 5618


Sculpture courtyard artist opportunity

stone tree and apple sculptures by Moira Ross

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

3D artists seeking to exhibit their artwork should register their interest by downloading and completing a database form, and returning it together with a short description about the proposed themes, media, amount of work you would like to show and your availability by email to Lesley Self