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Culture minister “utterly impressed” by hospital artwork

Published 10/06/2015

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has praised an ongoing project to use artwork to help patients at Derby Teaching Hospitals.

Mr Vaizey said he was “utterly impressed” by the way paintings, sculpture, music and creative arts were being offered to patients and visitors at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

The Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy made the comments as a new exhibition was launched at the hospital, displaying a fresh range of work by leading Derbyshire artists.

A selection of artwork by 12 different artists has been displayed across all five floors of the hospital.

The new collection has been arranged jointly between Air Arts, Derby Teaching Hospital’s in-house arts team, and the University of Derby’s Banks Mill Studios.

All the artists featured are residents at Banks Mill Studios and the new exhibition features photography, paintings and print work.

Mr Vaizey said in a statement: “I am utterly impressed and delighted by the work that has taken place in the Royal Derby and London Road Hospitals.

“Throughout all five floors of the building, a range of paintings and drawings line the walls whilst sculptures now occupy places outdoors.

“Along the corridors you’ll find doctors and nurses as usual, but also a range of local musicians, actors and poets. The local dimension of so much of what’s happening here is especially important, I think.”

Air Arts is Derby Teaching Hospital’s arts charity, providing positive creative interactions for patients, staff and visitors. Since it started, it has been taking visual art, dance, drama, poetry and music into the Royal Derby and London Road Community Hospitals. 

Laura Waters, Arts Programme Manager for Air Arts, said: “The standard of work for this exhibition is extremely high and we have a huge variety of work to show this summer. We’ve also created a map to help patients and visitors find their way around the site, and for staff to help guide.”

Last Modified 10/06/2015