The Arts Council, the state agency responsible for developing the arts, has loaned 30 pieces of visual art from its collection to St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. The works were selected by members of staff, and will be installed throughout the hospital in public areas including corridors, foyers and patient areas.
This initiative from the Arts Council is part of an ongoing programme of exhibitions, loans and projects. The Agency said that artwork can soften and enhance the clinical environment for patients, visitors and staff; assist with wayfinding by providing distinctive landmarks; provide distraction and comfort for patients and visitors; and enhance wellbeing.
The Arts Council began collecting pieces in 1962 as a way of directly supporting Irish artists. Today, the Arts Council Collection comprises over 1,000 works, which it loans to public spaces including galleries, libraries, schools and hospitals.
The artwork on loan includes work by some of Ireland’s leading artists including Michael Farrell, Patrick Hickey and Estella Solomons.