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Founded in 1959 the Paintings in Hospitals collection is the only national loan collection dedicated to improving well-being. Artworks can be borrowed by any UK healthcare providers to benefit their service users. The collection has grown through gifts and grants over the last 50 years and now contains 4,000 artworks, representing over 2,000 artists. Many influential individuals have contributed to the formation of this wonderful resource. Our founder, Sheridan Russell, purchased the first artworks with a grant from the Nuffield Foundation, acquiring paintings by John Bratby, Gillian Ayres or Mary Fedden in the 1960s. Past President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Roger de Grey, served on the acquisition committee and enabled the charity to acquire works by Royal Academicians. Charles Saatchi gifted many works from his collection in 2002 and recently the charity became the Arts Council Collection partner for the healthcare sector. Paintings in the collection include 'Still Life on White' by Elizabeth Blackadder, 'The Gnome' by John Hoyland and contemporary artworks including 'Nefos' by Simon Callery.