The power of live performance brings anxiety levels down and sends smiles soaring.
Our Performing Arts Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust brings a diverse range of participatory projects, co-curated with staff and patients, to meet specific clinical needs.
In addition, we deliver Breathing Spaces, an extensive live performance programme across 80 healthcare locations, which contribute to a more welcoming and relaxing environment. Annually we are proud to engage 50,000 people through 1,400 projects and events.
It changes your attitude towards a hospital, so it’s not just a place where you come when you are ill, but somewhere where you can come for something that is joyful and inspiring and does you good!
Guy's and St Thomas' Patient
Based on research that the arts can significantly reduce anxiety levels, encourage relaxation and help with pain relief, our free performances including music, dance, theatre, poetry, puppetry and magic invite you to enjoy a Breathing Space, and are run in all areas of Guy’s and St Thomas’.
From our weekly public performances to our surprise innovative mini pop-up performances, we contribute to a more welcoming healthcare environment, offering experiences you don’t usually have in hospital. Check out our news page and social media channels for the latest season announcements and full performance line ups.
Breathing Spaces during COVID-19
Find a place for an online Breathing Space
Our Breathing Spaces are online! Every Monday and Wednesday at 1pm, our fabulous Breathe Artists will share a short Breathing Space to help you relax and recharge at home. Try and find the time to take a minute for yourself this week, and tune into our social channels for a moment of music, magic, dance or poetry.
Check out our recently released Wellbeing Playlists, specially commissioned music to help NHS staff recharge, unwind and take a Breathing Space.
We also bring live music to inpatients and outpatients in clinical units, wards and waiting areas daily. Our resident musicians’ sessions help calm and cheer patients pre/post-op and during treatments such as dialysis.
We asked patient, staff, visitors and artists who have experienced Breathing Spaces on what they thought of the programme. Click here to find out what they told us.
The Performing Arts programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is delivered by Breathe Arts Health Research and made possible with support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Watch our Breathing Spaces overview film below.
Are you a musician, dancer, poet or other performing artist? Interested in working with us to make hospitals brighter places to be? Glad to hear it. Please click below for details.
WANT TO WORK WITH US?
If you’re interested in bringing any elements of the Breathe Performing Arts programme to your hospital or NHS trust, we’d love to get involved.