New Local Partnership Connects Art and Health

10 April 2015

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival have recently announced a new partnership with the Montefiore Hospital, coming together to support community wellbeing via art-focused events and projects.

Brighton Dome works year-round to bring a diverse range of art to the people of Brighton and beyond. The Creative Learning team develop innovative projects, taking art to people who might not otherwise be engaged in the arts and running a rolling programme of workshops, performances and courses. The new partnership with Spire Healthcare’s Montefiore Hospital, will allow this community work to develop and grow.

An advocate of using art to benefit wellbeing, the Montefiore Hospital - newly opened in 2012 - was the first hospital to incorporate Brian Eno’s atmospheric and tranquil light and music installations in its building design. A full service hospital offering a comprehensive range of diagnostic and surgical services, the Montefiore was designed around its patients, committed to the creation of a comfortable, calming environment from the moment patients walk through the doors.

Kathryn Cooke, Business Development Manager at the Montefiore Hospital, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. Being a champion for such initiatives creates sustained opportunity for art to be made more accessible.”

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of the Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, says: “We are thrilled to partner with the Montefiore Hospital. Art and culture has a crucial role to play in people’s lives beyond entertainment – it can be both stunning and life-changing in one moment and then something that can help people maintain a connection to the world and their own equilibrium. There is also a growing body of evidence to support the fact that participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and make communities feel stronger. The value of art in society really cannot be underestimated.”

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