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About Air Arts
Please watch our short film to discover what we do at Air Arts

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.

In 2017 we were 10




Improves overall mood and sense of wellbeing


Enhances the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors.


Provides new experiences and opportunities to learn new skills


Increases social interaction and strengthens relationships


Creates a sense of achievement and an increased sense of autonomy


Creates new audiences for arts and culture


Our Supporters

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.

Our Delivery Partners