Artists on the Ward

The Friends of University Hospitals in Edmonton has created and operates a permanent art collection of 1,400 works that are used for patients' and staff enjoyment. The in-hospital McMullen Gallery also provides free drop-in workshops run by professional artists. The Friends offer an Artists on the Wards program in the University Hospitals and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute that brings visual artists, writers, poets, and musicians to patients' bedsides to guide them in creating art - translating emotions and dreams in art, poetry and music, or simply giving the patient the necessary supplies to assist in personal creative activities.