Photo: Studio Poesis


Arts in Health Biennale


Region Midtjylland


Ritual of remembrance
Delirium-palliating room

This project is a pre-project to developing a foundation for an international Arts in Health Biennale in hospitals in Denmark. The purpose is to support the Danish healthcare system by minimizing the prevailing health inequality and contributing to the recruitment and retention of healthcare personnel. It is built on a strategic focus on art and culture as health-promoting interventions, as described by WHO as supportive in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation [16]. In the project, key cultural and healthcare actors collaborate to develop a mapping method of hospital departments’ health-related and artistic potentials and barriers.

The project has been carried out in close collaboration with staff, patients, and relatives at the Unit for Palliative Care and Department of Urology at Regional Hospital Gødstrup, and in the summer of 2023, two pilot prototypes were implemented in the departments.

Initially, it has been successful in creating a rewarding interdisciplinary development space where cultural and healthcare professionals have been able to collaborate in creating new and improved healthcare practices. The foundation for this collaboration is thorough work on method development, including Atmospheric Gap Analysis, which has laid the groundwork for interdisciplinary development. In Unit for Palliative Care, in collaboration with director and actors Thure Lindhardt and Kai Bredholt, a ritual for families experiencing loss called the Ritual of Remembrance has been developed. In the Department of Urology, with interior architect Mette Risbæk and Asger Bruun Hansen, a Delirium-Palliating Room has been created. This room, with simple measures, aims to create a homely and comforting atmosphere to alleviate delirium symptoms.

In summary, a method has been established that can be used to initiate collaborations between arts and healthcare professionals, which will be crucial for a deep implementation of culture and health innovation projects. The two pilots demonstrate that it is possible to systematically work with art and health innovation within the heart of hospitals, to the great benefit of staff and patients, particularly stimulating the nursing profession. There is also a need to develop more knowledge and fine-tune models to create a scalable method tailored to the needs of each department.

The project is still ongoing…

Healthcare representative

Rikke Degn, Director of Nursing
Ann Fogsgaard, Chief Midwife, Department of Obstetrics
Maiken Milly Howard, Chief Physician, Department of Urology
Bettina Lund-Nielsen, Chief Nurse, Department of Urology
Lene Høgsberg, Chief Nurse, Unit for Palliative Care
Merete Haubjerg Sørensen, Senior Nurse, Department of Urology
Staff, patients, and relatives from Department of Urology and Unit for Palliative Care




Esben Bala Skouboe PhD., architect and designer, Studio Poesis
Marie Højlund, PhD., composer, Aarhus Universitet
Pernille Taagaard Dinesen, Head of Public Engagement, ARoS, Aarhus
Per Kap Bech, Director, Odin Teatret, Holstebro
Kai Bredholt, Actor, Odin Teatret, Holstebro
Jacob Boris Sabra, Viborg Animation School, Viborg
Margrethe Langer Bro, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus
Keld Hosbond, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus
Thure Lindhardt, Actor and Director, Copenhagen
Kaare Wulff, Sound Designer
Morten Hilmer, Nature Photographer
Jacob Lillemose, Curator
Asger Bruun Hansen, Sound Artist
Mette Risbæk, Interior Architect


Onecollection – House of Finn Juhl


Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

“Bringing art and artists into a hospital expands the perspective we have as healthcare professionals. It adds another dimension in working with people and their health. The further into the hospital we go, the closer we get to where the patients stay, and the less we actually have of art and culture. It’s an ambition and a vision we have. It’s that art and culture should go all the way into the hospital rooms where the patients are.”

Director of Nursing, Rikke Degn, RHG

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

“It means a lot to me because, firstly, I believe it brings joy to the employees to be involved in such projects. Additionally, I also think it benefits patients and their families. It’s crucial to incorporate culture into healthcare because there’s ample evidence that it holds value.”

Chief Nurse, Lene Høgsberg, Palliative Care Unit, RHG

Foto from the pilot: Ritual of remembrance

“We have been listened to. I think that has been really good, and it’s important because otherwise, we’ll never take ownership of it. We’ll never use it as it was perhaps intended if it doesn’t stem from what we engage with.”

Head Nurse, Merete Haubjerg Sørensen, Urology, RHG

Foto: Søren Braad Andersen, 2023

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

“It must be a collaboration between different subject groups and disciplines, in this case, the hospital staff, nurses and the artists. When we meet in an interdisciplinary way, we create ‘a third space’, a space between us, where there is made room for it, and that makes the practice truly interesting.”

Director and actor, Thure Lindhardt

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

Foto from RHG in February

Behind the scenes

“I think everything they participated in leading up to it, the workshop that was both a bit crazy, exciting, creative, challenging, yet very serious, helped to break down some barriers for many, and especially to get us thinking some new thoughts.”

Chief Nurse, Lene Høgsberg, Palliative Care Unit, RHG

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

“Much of our development so far has been focused on the analytical world. Especially at our hospitals, which are top-notch. But the existential research… we do not work with that at the core of the hospital.”

Architect and designer, Esben Bala Skouboe

“I feel that working with artists involves a significant mutual respect from both professional groups. What I particularly liked about it was that you could bring your expertise into the artistic realm. In that way, it elevates some of the professional aspects that one typically engages in.”

Chief Nurse, Lene Høgsberg, Palliative Care Unit, RHG

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

Foto: studio poēsís, 2023

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