The mental health units being transformed by art

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NHS buildings – inside and out – can be uninspiring, even bleak places. But now a charity is transforming secure and locked mental health units by bringing what they call ‘museum quality art’ on to the wards. Hospital Rooms was set up by two artists, after a close friend was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Commissioning world class artists including Anish Kapoor and Julian Opie, they have so far placed paintings and murals in psychiatric units, a dementia ward and an adolescent mental health unit.

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