MKUH Creative Resources

In this section –

MKUH Resources

  • Art Trail App (all ages)
  • Rob Cowan #thankyouNHS Poster (ward 23)

Children’s Wards
  • Erics Colouring book
  • Explaining COVID-19 to children creative resources

Temporary Exhibitions
  • Mandala Art
  • Emily Hett   - Colouring
  • Willie Robb - Photography 
  • Linear Meditations (Maternity)

Note: These pages are specific to MKUH projects you can also access additional general resources here.


The following creative wellbeing resources are available to download and use around the hospital.

How to use this page:

These resources are here to help you make the most of the art exhibitions and activities provided by us. They can be used by staff, patients, family and friends.

You could download and print colouring pages for staff or waiting areas – no resources? Copy individual images onto a digital device and colour on an app such as Paint. You could share the link to this page with patients to explore on their own devices and help the day go that little bit quicker.

The MKUH Art Collection

Look Around You art trail app

Includes activities for for all ages

The Look Around You app includes photographs and information about the artists in the MKUH art collection. It also includes a map – always useful for signposting around the hospital and a Play Time! activity challenge which can easily be adapted for use bedside.

Download now – FREE


Rob Cowan #ThankyouNHS Poster:

We are privileged enough to have a wonderful Rob Cowan mural on the walls of Ward 23 at Milton Keynes University Hospital, helping our patients reminisce and tell stories. Rob has created a #thankyouNHS poster - you can download from his website and there is a version to colour in too:

Children’s Ward

Eric’s Colouring Book

In 2016 Arts for Health MK commissioned artist Eric Klein-Vieldeman to produce new murals for the walls of the children’s wards and Milton Mouse. This colouring book features some of Eric’s designs.

Download here  child friendly activity /all ages

External creative resources explaining COVID-19 to children:

Gruffalo illustrator
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a FREE digital book, aimed at primary school-age children to help children to understand more about the corona virus. Download the book here.

Hand washing and germs colouring sheets:
The team at GOSH Arts London have made these fabulous colouring sheets here demonstrating why it’s important to wash your hands.

Temporary Exhibition Resources

The following resources accompany temporary exhibitions on loan to MKUH, new activities will be added when available - so do check back for more soon!

Mandala Art:

These activities have been developed to support an upcoming exhibition of Mandala art, but here’s a sneak preview to try for yourself...

Templates to download

Draw your own Mandala - Square

Draw your own Mandala - Circle

Mandala Colouring Sheet 1
Mandala Colouring Sheet 2

Mandala Colouring Sheet 3

Colouring pages by Emily Hett:

Select image to download each page (thumbnails show close-up detail) Suitable for all ages.

These colouring pages were kindly provided by Emily Hett – you can currently find an exhibition of Emily’s artworks on Level 2, near the children’s wards and learn more about her artworks here. Enjoyed these? Emily is also posting more resources on her website over the coming weeks:

Photography Challenge:

Inspired by Willie Robb's Photography exhibition

Willie Robb Anchor Inn Cow and Swimmer 2012

Photographer Willie Robb currently has artworks on display at MKUH along the top corridor. Often autobiographical they reflect everyday life and fittingly look to create optimism and beauty from apparently insignificant surroundings.

Activity: Using any camera you have, take 5 photographs each day of things that were there before but you noticed or looked at differently today. It could be on your daily exercise or at home - a sign of hope in those insignificant surroundings, capture it in a photograph.

Share your photos with us on social media #artsforhealthmk

ADAU/Obstetric Ultrasound

Linear Meditations Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Mindfulness Activities - Suitable for adults

The following resources were developed to accompany the artwork currently exhibited ADAU/Obstetric Ultrasound areas.

Introduction Panel/Instructions
Mindfulness Practices

Not able to see the real thing? Our friends at Paintings in Hospitals have that covered too! You can see all of the artworks, complete with relaxing mindfulness audio via the following link:

You can find out more about Linear Meditations exhibition here.

Image: Glacier Encounter by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 1976. Part of the Linear Meditations exhibition from Paintings in Hospitals.

Arts for Health Milton Keynes
Facilities Directorate
Milton Keynes Hospital
Standing Way
Milton Keynes
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