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The London Symphony Orchestra in the NHS Project from Edinburgh International Festival. Photo – Mihaela Bodlovic

24 May, 2024

NHS Lothian Charity and Edinburgh International Festiv…

NHS Lothian Charity: Tonic Arts and Edinburgh International Festival are delighted to announce the continuation of their exciting partnership, bringing the magic of live music directly to patients and staff across NHS Lothian hospitals.

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Joint Tonic Arts and Green Health Network Event

22 May, 2024

Blog: Cultivating Wellbeing Together

Ian Mackenzie, NHS Lothian Charity, Green Health Programme Manager, shares his reflections and takeaways from the recent Tonic Arts and Green Health Network Event.

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Speech and Language Therapy room at East Lothian Community Hospital

8 May, 2024

Charity Collaboration Transforms Children and Young Pe…

The latest project has created bright, stimulating Speech and Language Therapy rooms to support children and young people on their communication journey.

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Scottish Opera Young Company singing, dressing in festive clothes holding toys. Credit Sally Jubb

14 December, 2023

NHS Lothian Charity’s Tonic Arts Programme and S…

The collaboration aimed to integrate the healing power of music and performance into the healthcare environment. The concerts featured a blend of original stories and well-loved songs, creating a joyful, festive atmosphere.

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Glade © NEON, photo by cro+kow

20 November, 2023

Prestigious healthcare award win sees Tonic Arts recog…

The award recognises arts projects that have a measurable positive impact on the patient and staff experience within a health or care environment.

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Our Common Humanity, © Juli Bolaños-Durman

10 October, 2023

Tonic Arts marks World Mental Health Day with the open…

Our Common Humanity is is one of over 60 major pieces of art and design commissioned by the Charity for healthcare settings, across Edinburgh and Lothians, since the programme was first established in 2015.

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Sir Quentin Blake

21 September, 2023

NHS Lothian Charity welcomes Sir Quentin Blake Exhibit…

NHS Lothian Charity: Tonic Arts proudly presents the opening of its child-centred exhibition featuring Sir Quentin Blake’s captivating artwork from the book “The Five of Us”.

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The London Symphony Orchestra in the NHS Project from Edinburgh International Festival. Photo – Mihaela Bodlovic

21 August, 2023

London Symphony Orchestra Strikes a Chord with Staff a…

World-renowned London Symphony Orchestra has performed a series of ground-breaking concerts at four hospitals across NHS Lothian as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The uplifting events, organised in collaboration with NHS Lothian Charity, saw patients and staff enjoy some respite and distraction through an afternoon of music.

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Bill and NHS Lothian staff

23 June, 2023

Artist Bill Drummond loans artwork to the Western Gene…

Staff, patients and visitors at the Western General Hospital welcomed conceptual artist, Bill Drummond, on Tuesday 13 June to officially commence the loan of his ‘The Boy Friends’ Painting’ for the next year.

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Sanctuary © Lindsay Perth, photo by Rebecca Milling

25 January, 2023

New Tonic Arts commissions see artists and makers play…

The project is centred on improving the physical and mental wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors through the incorporation of art and craft.

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