Health Foundation Appoints New Arts Manager

The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation today (13 December) announced the appointment of a specialist Arts Manager to lead the Foundation’s arts strategy.  

The Arts Manager will be key in the development and delivery of a high quality and integrated programme for arts and creativity across the NHS Lothian region.

Following a highly competitive search, the Health Foundation has appointed Susan Grant as its first Arts Manager. Susan brings experience from hospital and local authority arts sectors, from charities and arts organisations. She starts in her post on 16 December 2013.

Susan Grant said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new post with the Foundation. Building on existing collections, commissions and participatory projects, I look forward to developing a vibrant and diverse programme that brings high quality arts to the Edinburgh and Lothian health sector."

The Health Foundation has invested significantly in the arts for many years. In addition to a large art collection established over several centuries, the Health Foundation funds creative and therapeutic participatory arts programmes and live performances.

The Foundation Director, Jane Ferguson said: “Anyone who has experienced that feeling you get when you enjoy a piece of music, a painting or a beautiful garden cannot deny the ability of the arts to lift the spirits and make you ‘feel’ better. The Health Foundation will harness growing evidence and lead the way on using the arts as a means to improve the health of our local patient population.  Susan is a very experienced arts curator and educationalist and a successful artist in her own right. We are looking forward to her joining the team at a very exciting time.”

Creative Scotland supported Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation to develop an arts strategy and create a new post of Arts Manager. Leonie Bell, Acting Director of Creative Development, said: “We are delighted that Susan Grant will join the growing network of arts and health specialists throughout Scotland.  There is a now a great deal of evidence to prove that participation and involvement in arts contributes greatly to wellbeing.  Staff, patients and visitors to healthcare facilities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians will all benefit from the proposed arts programmes.”