Onward Arts is the ongoing arts programme for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. It grew out of the Trust’s Art Advisory Group, which formed in 1994, and manages commissions and arts projects across the hospital.
Onward Arts seek to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff and create a healing hospital environment for all.
Passionate about arts in health, they advocate the value of integrating the arts into the culture of the Trust and deliver high quality, patient-centred, arts projects in partnership with the communities the hospital serves.
CONNECT will act as a catalyst for further development of the 3Ts Onward Arts programme in three ways:
COMMUNITY ARTS ROOM
A dedicated space has been designed into the hospital where patients, staff and the wider community can take part in creative activities to support health and wellbeing.
Everybody can testify to the feel-good effects of participating in the arts whether it’s joining a book group, singing in a choir or watching live performance.
Participation in arts projects has also been shown to improve clinical outcomes in specific conditions, including dementia, respiratory problems and mental health issues.
Specially designed areas will be used for changing exhibitions by local artists, community and school groups, curated and managed by Onward Arts.
The exhibition programme will ensure that there is a lively backdrop throughout the year, making people notice and engage with their surroundings, engaging patients and acting as a very public advocacy tool for the ongoing arts programme.
ONWARD ARTS FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY AND WELLBEING
The festival will support the transition from the old hospitals to the new. It will be the culmination of several art projects that have taken place during the development of the new building and will involve a wider network of local partners, connecting the hospital with its communities and creating community at the heart of the hospital.
The Onward Arts Festival aims to:
- Build sustainable partnerships between BSUH and its local communities
- Promote a sense of ownership and civic pride, both of the arts programme and the hospital itself
Onward Arts is the ongoing arts programme for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Find out more on our Partners page.