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Description of initiative

Artist residency program at the Radiotherapy Oncology Service of the Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital. This program takes as its frame of reference the contemporary art programs that have been carried out in French hospitals since 2000, under the name Art et hôpital, carried out based on an agreement between the Ministries of Health and Culture of the French State.
The objective of this type of residency is for the artist to act as a mediator between the different agents that make up the hospital community and develop an artistic project that acts as a communication channel inside and outside the hospital, based on the needs of the members of this community.
The Radiació+++ project arose from the request that the Radiotherapy Oncology Service of the Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital made to the Center d'Art la Panera to develop a program of artistic interventions in its space. The way to make the project sustainable was through the search for external funding, which materialized when the Radiació+++ project won the "Compose knowledge to understand contemporary challenges 2017" call, from the Franco-Spanish foundation Daniel and Nina Carasso, which has made its development possible during the years 2017-2020. This call for projects «Compose knowledge to understand contemporary challenges 2017» has the objective of collaborating to create transdisciplinary learning communities open to citizens, which allow new articulations between two of his great stories, the scientific and the artistic.
The pioneering aspect of Radiació+++ lies in the fact that artistic interventions are based on participatory processes, in which all members of the hospital community (patients, relatives, doctors, technicians, medical students) are given a voice and knowledge is transferred between the cultural world and the health world.
The project wants to promote artistic practices in the health context in the Spanish State, with the support and involvement of doctors, nurses, technicians, patients and family members. Through collaborative projects led by artists, processes are created that allow research and the possibility of jointly rethinking the forms of relationship, protocols and actions, with the ultimate goal of contributing to humanizing health services and empowering patients during treatment. their periods of treatment in hospital settings.

Further information on the initiative

Themes: Culture and...

Individual well-being
Community well-being
Mental health
Physical health
Quality of spaces and built environments
Quality of social relations
Quality of services for specific groups
Work and workplace well-being


health, research, multi-disciplinary, cancer, radiotherapy, artistic residency

Target group

Not targeted to a specific group

Cultural field

Visual arts




2017 - present

Sources of funding

Fundacion Carasso

Results, benefits, impact and lessons learnt

Improving the relationship of the community (health, patients, relatives) of the radiotherapy service through the research of artists and the visualization of these through their projects. Each artistic residence has developed different aspects, based on the detection of the needs of the different agents of the community that make up the Radiotherapy Oncology Service. In this way, on the one hand, the humanization of the hospital space has been developed and, on the other, the dissemination and visibility of the treatment of the disease, based on the vision of patients, family members and healthcare professionals, and has influenced the interaction between health personnel and patients, from very varied resources such as those offered by the performing arts and contemporary dance or design and data visualization.


Centre d'Art la Panera
Public / State | Culture