Sandra Woods
Art despite pain

In the news

(posted on 28 Jan 2024)

My favourite recent art news story isn't from a gallery or museum, but rather about a local university-hospital centre:

"Matisse, Hockney and Picasso are names you expect to see on gallery or museum walls in Montreal, not where doctors are hard at work.
"It is one of the largest public collections in Quebec, especially for a hospital," said Alexandra Kirsh, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) RBC Art and Heritage Centre Curator.
The MUHC Foundation owns approximately two thousand art pieces and medical objects.
The collection is then given to the MUHC hospital and distributed throughout the Glen site.
There are pieces dating back to the hospital's foundation in 1821.
"It's very important for us to provide a healing environment that is peaceful, and it is demonstrated that art actually contributes to reducing stress, reducing pain," said MUHC Foundation president and CEO Marie-Helene Laramee."

Look for works in the video by David Hockey on a pale gray wall, by Henri Matisse on a yellow one, by Pablo Picasso (appropriately) on blue, and much more! The images in this post are 'fuzzy' as they're screenshots of moving video - to encourage you to go view the actual footage.

As a local emerging artist and CRPS rare disease patient who uses artwork to raise awareness of chronic pain, through my Art Despite Pain [#ArtDespitePain] initiative, I was happy that this piece mentions research showing that art can reduce stress and pain - even within hospital environments.

A link to the video and written report, by Videojournalist Olivia O'Malley for CTV News Montreal (Anchored by Mutsumi Takahashi), are available at: