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Gifts of Art

We don’t usually associate artwork  with a hospital visit. Yet study after study finds that art in hospitals benefits patients in many ways: reducing stress levels, decreasing fear and isolation, reducing the need for medications and pain-killers and even shortening hospital stays.  In 2000, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation launched a program to bring visual art into our hospitals. Today, more than 100 pieces by notable artists grace the walls of our hospitals, all donated by local artists and collectors. 

“We are grateful to our donors for their contributions to this innovative program,” says Dr. Bev Spring, a physician with the Palliative Care Unit at VGH. “Art helps to create an atmosphere aesthetically and attitudinally where emotional and physical healing can happen. This is important for the heart and soul of the hospital – and the hearts and souls of those who find themselves on the giving or receiving end of care here: patients, their families and staff alike.”

The Art Committee is currently working to enhance the program. For more information, please contact Jim O’Hara at 604.875.5100 or [email protected].

The Foundation would like to thank the Art Committee's Members:

Roberta Beiser, Chair
Linda Bartz
Shel Cherry
Lilian V Hudson
Coleen Nemtin
Jim O’Hara
Sharon Petty
Grace Robin
Jack Rootman
Karen Smith
Andy Sylvester