We present 2 exhibitions every year over both hospital sites, at 50 locations, as well as hosting temporary guest exhibitions, making us one of the largest hospital art exhibitors in the country.
We have several large scale public art commissions in our collection, which really enhance the hospital environment and create a calm and welcoming environment for the 9,000 staff and 2 million visitors at our sites every year.
Every department and ward in a hospital is different, with different patient needs and different requirements of the space. We work closely with our staff and patients to positively enhance their areas in line with their specific requirements.
Every week, musicians visit the hospital to perform in the public spaces. Live music transforms the atmosphere and provides much needed distraction away from worries and anxiety.
A major part of our programme is engaging directly with patients on the wards.
We have four models of artistic intervention designed with patients and staff to target and reduce boredom, depression, and feelings of anxiety and stress on wards.
Air arts provides staff workshops for staff to develop creative activities into their interactions with patients. We also provide training for hospital volunteers and our arts and activity coordinators to improve communication skills and to provide resources to use with patients
Air arts designs and conducts consultations for the Trust, using creative activities to really dig deep on issues that matter for patients and staff.
We publish poetry booklets for distribution in waiting rooms, our next project will feature poems written by staff.
We publish 2 art trail guides every year with maps to show where the artwork is located in relation to departments and wards to support wayfinding.