During the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of millions of people across the UK, especially those working within the NHS. Following a study that revealed engaging with artwork can help to improve wellbeing and decrease feelings of anxiety by 71%, Castle Fine Art has transformed the antenatal corridor of Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

The new exhibition developed by Castle Fine Art has been curated to foster the hospital’s message of promoting a sense of hope and peace amongst patients and staff. The brand-new installation includes works from several of the gallery group’s resident artists, including Nic Joly, Paul Kenton and Scarlett Raven.

By incorporating fine art into the corridor, Castle Fine Art hopes to make the clinical environment a place of distraction, healing, and wellbeing with the hospital’s new gallery. From peaceful landscapes to bold abstract images, the collection makes for the perfect viewing for all staff and visitors.

Artist Scarlett Raven, whose work features in the installation, said:

“I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this installation. The NHS are our heroes and it’s an honour to be exhibiting with Castle Fine Art in the hospital where they save lives and bring so much hope and happiness to the world. Thank you for everything you do, we wouldn’t be here without you. It’s hard to find the words – we are forever in your debt.”

Castle Fine Art has had a long and dedicated relationship with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, having named the Trust as its chosen charity partner over three years ago. Since their partnership began, Castle Fine Art has consistently raised funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and was this year honoured as one of the charity’s ‘100 Heroes’.

Ian Weatherby-Blythe, Group Managing Director of Castle Fine Art, commented on the latest project with the charity:

“We are so happy to have such a prosperous partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. As a company, we truly believe in the positive impact that art can have in improving mental wellbeing, and we have always been so grateful for the support that we have received from the hospital in delivering this message. We are absolutely delighted with how the installation has turned out, and we hope that it brings joy to all who walk by and see the artwork chosen by our team”.