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Addenbrooke's arts

Addenbrooke’s Arts enhances the hospital environment and aims to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff through an innovative, stimulating and engaging arts programme.

The programme is not funded by the NHS.  All activity is paid for by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) and other fundraising and earned income.

Who we are

Addenbrooke’s Arts is managed by:

Damian Hebron
Head of Arts

Lesley Bermingham
Arts Project Manager


We welcome feedback, suggestions, comments and donations.


What we do

Our principal areas of work are:

  • improving the hospital environment using visual arts
  • integrating art into new buildings on the hospital site,
  • providing opportunities for patients and staff to participate in the arts
  • developing and managing a programme of arts events for patients, staff, visitors and the wider community

We run a number of gallery spaces in the hospital with work for sale and commission integrated artwork in newly built and refurbished parts of the hospital, as well as in external garden spaces. Alongside new work, we manage the hospital’s collection of over 5,000 artworks. 

It's not all about visual arts. We run a number of musical performances each year and collaborate with colleagues in Cambridge, regionally and nationally to help raise standards in arts and health activity.

In recent years, we have run a range of projects with patients and staff. These have provided opportunities to participate in the arts and introducing creative activity as a tool for staff development and patient recovery. We stage a number of annual exhibitions of art work produced by staff. We have established staff poetry, photography and painting groups as well as a number of book clubs.

We are proud of the impact our work has had on the hospital environment. The arts programme has been credited with dramatically improving the experience of patients, staff and visitors to the hospital and influencing patient outcomes. 

Art in hospitals

In recent years, a growing body of evidence has been compiled proving the value of the arts in healthcare settings. In 2007, The Department of Health 

issued its first ever review of arts in health which recognised that the arts “are, and should be firmly recognised as being, integral to health, healthcare provision and healthcare environments, including supporting staff”. Recent research at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found:

  • 75% of patients found the presence of art in the hospital reduced stress levels

  • patients exposed to visual arts and live music during the preoperative process shoed significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression than patients who were prepared for surgery in the absence of the arts.
  • patients exposed to visual art and live music during the post-operative period required less analgesia per day than patients recovering in the absence of visual art and live music. These patients also stayed 1 day less in hospital



Art exhibition: Erica Just and Alison Hullyer (until 20 September)

Local artists, Erica Just and Alison Hullyer are exhibiting delicate watercolours and drypoint prints in our main gallery between the Concourse and Rosie Wards.

Anne Pye

Art exhibition: Changing Galleries (until 13 June)

The new gallery has opened with an exhibition of varied styles of screenprints and linocuts by local artists.

Pen & Wash by Les Williams

Art exhibition: Members of The Society of Graphic Fine Art are exhibiting with us until 7 October

While their main criteria is drawing excellence, this is by no means restricted to pencil. A real mix of painting and printmaking medium is used for a wide variety of styles.

Paul Janssens "Canon Street Bridge and the City, London"

Art exhibition: 20 October to 08 December

The paintings in this exhibition include a contrast of boats, bridges and buildings from coastline to City.