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How does Art fit into Hospitals?


Last week Health Infrastructure spoke at the Artstate conference in Lismore.

Artstate is an event run by Regional Arts NSW that aims to shine a light on excellence in regional arts, welcoming industry delegates to present their work to attendees from all across the state.

Director Planning at Health Infrastructure, Bruno Zinghini gave a presentation on our Art in Health program, a program designed to guide the integration of arts into the NSW healthcare system by supporting collaboration between local health services and the arts sector.

Art in Health aims to improve patient, staff and carer experience in health services through artistic engagement. Exposure to The Arts has a profoundly beneficial impact on patient wellbeing through its use in health promotion and messaging.

By providing more vibrant treatment spaces with a less clinical feel, social inclusion and perceptions of care quality have also been shown to increase among patients.

“The benefits of the Art program are not just contained with our projects, but have a more far reaching impact to the local communities, giving the Hospital a distinctive identity and leaving a positive legacy that goes beyond the health care benefits,” says Bruno.

When talking about our recent art programs, it was great to hear some positive experiences from the audience directly related to the art work.”

We take a portfolio wide approach when it comes to our Arts program. See some of our most recent successes that were presented at the conference below.

Byron Central Hospital

Byron Central Hospital was a unique project where a number of community services and hospitals were amalgamated into one facility, each bringing its own diverse culture. The artwork created recognises and brings together these cultures as one.

Dubbo Hospital

This image is of the Local Wiradjuri women who are standing in front of the major art installation at Dubbo Hospital’s new Clinical Services Building. The installation represents a traditional Wiradjuri dance belt used by Wiradjuri women.

Lachlan Health Service

This project aimed to make hospital spaces more inviting for Aboriginal people. Key directional signage around Parkes and Forbes hospitals is written in English beside the Wiradjuri interpretation, which is then translated back into English.

Blacktown Hospital

The mosaic seats at Blacktown Hospital are made up of more than 10,000 individually hand-cut ceramic tiles, designed to form intricate images created in collaboration with a range of local community groups.

St George Hospital

Artist Lindy Lee’s work develops links with the local Chinese-Australian community. The 13-metre, suspended artwork located in the new atrium of the Acute Services Building is a striking feature of the art program, enhancing the architectural beauty of the new space and providing a sense of arrival in the building.


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