Welcome to airarts.net

Air Arts is the arts charity for
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

About Us

Air Arts was established in 2007 with the aim of creating 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 across our five hospitals, working closely with staff and patients to provide personalised creative activities, supporting relationships and improving patient and staff experience.

Air Arts is a wide ranging and ambitious arts in health programme, designed in partnership with staff and patients at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. The programme aims to distract from illness, improve wellbeing, aid recovery and enhance the hospital experience for 15,000 staff and 2 million patients and visitors every year.

UHDB Staff help to sculpt National Arts Project

Here are the UHDB staff creating botanical sculptures which share their thoughts about being part of the NHS. Workshops took place for staff at Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital Burton. The sculptures will be part of a performance and then be permanently exhibited at the five UHDB Hospitals.

These new works, along with the Air Arts Choral Forest project from last October, will be part of the national ‘Our NHStories’ project which brings 19 NHS Trusts together for a finale event, shaped by Director of the Young Vic Theatre Kwami Kwie- Armah.

“It’s so good to be able to take time out in the week for yourself and make something you’re proud of. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and it’s a safe space for creative expression. It’s so wonderful, I’d like everyone to have the chance to do this.”
Olivia Tallis, Radiographer RDH

Look out for our performances as part of the national live stream events on 22nd and 23rd September. Events are online and live at Aviva Studios in Manchester.
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Our Supporters

As part of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, Air Arts relies entirely on public donations, sponsorship and grants to deliver this innovative wellbeing and environmental enhancement programme.

Our Delivery Partners