The Team

Margaret O'Connor - Chief Executive

Margaret O'Connor joined Art in Healthcare as Chief Executive in January 2015. She previously worked as a senior manager in local government for Adult Social Care and for many years as Cultural Services Manager for East Lothian Council. Having studied History of Art, Design & Film, Margaret went on to study for her Masters in Film Studies and was more recently awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration.

"Becoming Chief Executive at Art in Healthcare is a fantastic opportunity for me to unite all of my interests in the Arts, health and business development. Working with creative and health professionals to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities is highly motivating for me as Chief Executive and for everyone involved with Art in Healthcare. "

Margaret has previously served on lottery and performing arts committees for Scottish Art Council and is currently Chair of Port of Leith Housing Association and a member of Queen Margaret University Court of Session.

Enita Shala - Collection Manager

Our Collection Manager Enita Shala started her involvement with Art in Healthcare as a volunteer for a period of six months. Enita has a varied work experience in art project management in Edinburgh and abroad, mainly in visual arts, gallery education, cultural heritage and funding art organisations. With a degree in Art History with Humanities and MA in Arts and Cultural Management, Enita has always been interested in work that enables people to engage with art.
‘’My role with Art in Healthcare enables me to contribute towards making art accessible to people in healthcare environments and at the same time care for its valuable collection of Scottish contemporary artworks".

Iona McCann - Outreach Manager

Iona McCann started working for us in December 2016 as the Outreach Manager for our social prescribing project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. She has worked in many gallery and museum settings including Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Museums, McManus; Dundee’s Art Museum and Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Most recently she worked as Public Engagement Co-ordinator for GENERATION (a partnerships project between Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and National Galleries Scotland). She has a BA(hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design in Dundee and an MA Art Museum and Gallery Education from Newcastle University.
‘I am really excited about this role and working at Art in Healthcare. All throughout my career I have become convinced of the importance of providing engaging experiences that empower people to be creative. I firmly believe that art should be accessible to all I have seen first-hand the positive impacts art can have on health and wellbeing’

David Marr- Office Manager

David studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Grays School of Art, specialising in Printmaking. He then studied Maths and Science with the Open University. David worked at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for several years, gaining experience in arts administration, before joining Art in Healthcare in 2012.


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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.

With your help we're able to:

Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers

Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:

Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
A certificate of adoption with a picture of the artwork
Invites to Art in Healthcare's special events
First to view our latest Prestigious Print
Our colourful e-newsletter

"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice

You can adopt an artwork in the gallery, if it hasn't already been adopted, by clicking the 'Adopt Me' button below the picture of the artwork.