“air is the arts program for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Our vision is to create a unique patient and family friendly environment at Derby Hospitals. Aiming to support the healing process with high quality art. Helping to create a place in which patients, visitors and staff can engage positively.”
Juliet Cooper, air Arts Coordinator
Advocacy for Arts and Health
The following article was written and submitted for an evaluation report. Supporting the case for continued investment in the air: arts to aid wellbeing programme.
“Arts activity at the Royal Derby Hospital softens and humanises the previously clinical and sterile environment. Patients, staff and visitors all significantly benefit from the creatively stimulating, evolving and inspiring environment.
Royal Derby Hospital with the air: arts to aid wellbeing programme provides Derby with a fourth visual and performing arts venue. The distinctive Arts and Health offer sits alongside Quad, Déda and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and should be recognised as a key component of Derby’s arts infrastructure.
The hospital provides gallery settings for the visual arts and a broad range of intimate and public performance spaces for live literature, poetry, music and theatre. At its heart, the hospital setting democratically enables new and existing audiences to fluidly access contemporary arts activity. The air programme plays a key role in developing and nurturing arts audiences for the future.
The selection of artists and location of artworks are of paramount importance. The air programme is consistently successful because of Juliet Cooper’s breadth of knowledge, understanding, sensitivity and curatorial expertise.
From an artists’ perspective, the air programme provides an exceptional set of opportunities. The exposure and profile offered by a 6-month exhibition, alongside the potential of gaining commissions and sales.”
Antoinette Burchill, artist, writer, performer