Air Arts is the arts charity for Derby Teaching Hospitals promoting health and wellbeing through the arts and arts participation.
Air Arts was established in 2007 with the aim of create a calm and welcoming environment, providing support and reassurance for patients, staff and visitors, enhancing the environment and providing moments of reflection and distraction.
We do this by bringing art, dance, drama, poetry, storytelling, crafts and music onto the corridors, waiting areas and wards at the Royal Derby and London Road Community Hospitals, working closely with staff and patients to provide personalised creative activities, supporting relationships and improving patient and staff experience.
In 2014 we were selected as a national case study of arts in health for Arts Council England.
In 2015 we were shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Building Better Healthcare’ award for our innovative ‘Engage’ project.
In 2016 we were invited to speak at the House of Lords at the All Party Parliamentary Group roundtable on ‘Arts in Healthcare Environments’.
In 2017 we won the Big Lottery’s Peoples Project and were awarded £50,000 for our innovative “Whiffle while you workshop” project. We are also shortlisted for both a celebrating success award and Building better Healthcare award.
Air Arts is a wide ranging and ambitious arts in health programme, designed in partnership with staff and patients at Derby Teaching Hospitals. The programme aims to distract from illness, improve wellbeing, aid recovery and enhance the hospital experience for 9,000 staff and 2 million patients and visitors every year.
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“…A world class programme of arts for patients, on a par with major hospitals and arts in health centres across the world.
“…unique in how it seeks to promote health and wellbeing of patients and staff alike. This is arts and health work at its best”
“I am utterly impressed and delighted by the work that has taken place in the Royal Derby and London Road Hospitals by Air Arts and those who, alongside Arts Council England, have provided funding for this inspiring programme.”
“It’s clear that at Derby Hospitals art and culture has become integral to the way staff care for patients and their relatives, often making terrible situations more bearable. Hearing how patients have benefited from and enjoyed their experiences of the Air Arts programme affirms for me the need to invest in art and culture for the benefit of our health and our wellbeing.”
As part of Derby Hospitals Charity, Air Arts relies entirely on public donations, sponsorship and grants to deliver this innovative wellbeing and environmental enhancement programme.