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Hospital Arts For North East Yorkshire (HAFNEY)

Hospital Arts for North East Yorkshire

Hospital Arts For North East Yorkshire, or hafney for short, was established in 1999 and became a registered charity in 2001.

HAFNEY's registered aim is to relieve sickness and preserve and protect physical, mental and emotional health particularly through the use of the arts including but not limited to visual, performing, environmental and media arts, in the area of North Easy Yorkshire
hafney is run by a Board of Trustees who include representatives of the local health and arts communities. We work in close co-operation with Jo Davis, the Arts Co-ordinator at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust (SNEYHT), to fund and deliver Arts in Healthcare projects for local NHS Trusts in particular SNEYHT, which runs Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals and thus provides Acute Hospital Services for our area, and Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Primary Care Trust (SWRPCT) which amongst its other roles runs the community hospitals at Malton and Whitby.

Completed works of art are owned by the Donated Funds Committee for SNEYHT and SWRPCT, which is also an independently regulated body, and works may not be sold or disposed of without the agreement of that committee and hafney. If this were to happen the value of the work would have to be reinvested in line with hafney's aims.

The value of the work we do has been recognised by a report on Arts in Healthcare in this Region prepared for the National Network for Arts in Healthcare by Mike White, Director of Projects at the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine, who described the Arts Project at Scarborough as "a hidden gem".

As well as continuing to fund and manage the provision of new art works for the local hospitals, we wish to continue to use the arts project to develop the ties between the local health service and the wider community by organising further residencies with local schools and spreading the arts project into other settings such as GP surgeries and local clinics.

In the longer term, we would like to be able to provide workshop space within one of the hospitals for the use of visiting artists.

We are grateful for any offer of funding however small and happily acknowledge financial donations in any publicity, documentation and labelling for the relevant project.

If you would like to donate funds, help us in our work or find out more, then please contact

David Humphriss, Chairman of the Trustees at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jo Davis, Arts Co-ordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Scarborough Hospital
  • Scarborough
  • YO12 6QL


  • Telephone: 01723 368111
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