Future Health 2050: The Sensory Hospital

In collaboration with      

undefined - undefined


This two-part webinar series, The Sensory Hospital, which ran from 30 April and 1 May, features ambitious projects and research at the intersection of integrated art, architecture, and technology, which are helping to transform hospitals from bland spaces into sensorially rich places. You can watch the recordings now by clicking on the links below.

Neuroscientists now believe there may be anywhere
 between 22 and 33 senses (or more). We believe it is time to rethink how a robust, multi-sensory approach can contribute to better wellbeing in hospital environments of the future.

In these two webinars, we’ll see how digital artwork can stimulate patients’ vision and activate their proprioception – allowing doctors to tune into diagnosis more playfully. We’ll explore the benefits of texture, audio, and haptics in art and wayfinding schemes. We’ll understand how research into multisensory environments and activities can boost recovery times and clinical outcomes. We’ll see extraordinary artworks at the intersection of lighting, coding, and sculpture, which are contributing to better sleep and recovery cycles. And we’ll learn how organic materials can restore a sense of the organic, and with it, a mindful peace before treatment. 

Organised by European Healthcare Design in collaboration with Art in Site, and broadcast live on SALUS TV, both 90-minute episodes will see each panellist give a brief presentation on their work, followed by a panel discussion and ample time for audience questions. 


Webinar 1
Sensory stories
30 April  |  17.00 – 18.30 (BST)   
Watch the recording here

We see how drawings, colour and patterns are being used to make entire sensory environments that create a sense of narrative and meaning as patients progress their journey.


Chair: Peter Shenai, creative strategist, Art in Site
Panel: Lauren Godfrey, artist
Adam Nathaniel Furman, founder and creative director, Atelier ANF 
Louisa Williams, director, Art in Site
Liz O Sullivan, head of arts, Guy's and St Thomas'​ NHS Foundation Trust


Webinar 2
Multisensory innovations
1 May  |  17.00 – 18.30 (BST) 
Watch the recording here

Get ready to smell, touch and dance… Episode 2 shares artworks, installations and socially prescribed art activities that are making massive impacts through engaging senses beyond the visual norms – through audio, taste, sound, haptics, proprioception, and more.


Chair: Rolake Ojo, healthcare branding and digital designer
Panel: Charley Utton, marketing, communications & events manager, Aesop
Worawut Oer-areemitr, co-founder, IF (Integrated Field)
Korkiat Kittisoponpong, co-founder, IF (Integrated Field)
Hannah Chamberlain, CEO, Design in Mental Health Network
Martin Jones, director, Art in Site
Peter Shenai, creative strategist, Art in Site