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New exhibition marks 10 years of Air Arts in our hospitals

Published 23/03/2017

A picture by renowned British artist Sir Peter Blake is one of dozens of artworks included in an exhibition mounted to celebrate ten years of art at Derby Teaching Hospitals. 

The artist, who is best known for designing the sleeve of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, created the work as part of the national Pop Sm-art scheme to raise awareness of the growing profile of Smart Meters, which will be installed in all British homes by 2020. It has been put up in the library as part of the Trust’s permanent exhibition.  

This exhibition, called TEN, marks a decade since the introduction of Air Arts, the Trust’s arts charity, which provides visual arts, live music, poetry and interactive sessions for patients and families. 

Programme manager Laura Waters said: “Air Arts has come a long way since it was set up in 2007, when our main focus was on creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to the brand new Royal Derby Hospital. We now work with a wide range of artists to provide a varied programme for patients, visitors and staff, which contribute to improving the experience of coming to our hospitals for everyone. This exhibition celebrates that, and it’s fantastic to have such a high profile artist as Sir Peter Blake involved.”

A series of pieces by pioneering printmaker Birgit Skiöld has also been included in the exhibition. These were donated as part of the Paintings in Hospitals scheme, which aims to inspire better health and wellbeing for people in hospitals. 

Artworks including paintings, drawings, sculpture and printing have been arranged in more than 30 sites across the Royal Derby and London Road Community Hospitals. 

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals, said: “The art makes a real difference when you come into our hospitals. It changes the relationship which people have with the buildings. I’m increasingly appreciative of the role that art plays in helping our patients, and the visual art in this exhibition is part of that.”

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