The Healing Presence of Art - An evening lecture by Richard Cork hosted by Paintings in Hospitals

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Event details

Event duration: 
2 hours
Type of event: 
Talk / lecture
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Henry Wellcome Auditorium - Wellcome Collection Conference Centre
183 Euston Road


Ticketing information: 
FREE (suggested donation to Paintings in Hospitals of £10)
Ticket availability: 
Limited places
Email address to reserve a place:
Telephone number to reserve a place: 
0207 407 3222

About the event

As part of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2012 Paintings in Hospitals is delighted to be hosting an evening lecture by Richard Cork in which he will discuss his new book The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals.

Paintings in Hospitals is a registered charity that uses art and creativity to reduce sickness, anxiety and stress in UK healthcare facilities. Through our work we create environments that improve health, wellbeing and the healthcare experience for patients, their families and staff.

We are excited to be working with Richard Cork as his new publication takes a detailed look at the extraordinary richness of art produced in hospitals, encompassing work by many of the great masters. Cork's brilliant survey discovers the astonishing variety of images found in medical settings. In the process, he reveals art's prodigious ability to humanize our hospitals, alleviate their clinical bleakness and leave a profound, lasting impression on patients, staff and visitors.

Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster, exhibition curator, and former Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University and Senior Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Lecture 6.30–7.30 pm
Book Signing 7.30–8.30 pm

Please book in advance as spaces are limited.  To book please email your full name, address and contact telephone number to or call 0207 407 3222



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