Cooma Hospital’s Maternity Department is now brighter with new artworks installed as part of the hospital’s $26.6 million redevelopment
Through Health Infrastructure’s Arts in Health program, six local artists from the Cooma region were selected to create artworks for the redevelopment giving the hospital a unique and distinctive identity.
The new artworks include five original prints created by local photographer Charles Davis, and artwork created by Ngarigo artist Gail Neuss, titled Nura Nganymitung
– meaning Grandmother’s Country.
Ms Neuss said her artwork was inspired by creation, life, and new beginnings. “I was inspired by the rivers and waterways that run through and nourish the Monaro Country,” said Ms. Neuss.
“Before birth we are surrounded by water which gives us nutrients, warmth and security. The river runs through us like the Murrumbidgee River runs through the Monaro countries supporting life on its ancient journey.”
Justine Slough and Charlotte Bunt have also contributed works, with Ms. Slough’s ‘The Village’ near the Medical Imaging Department and Ms. Bunt’s ‘River Walk’ set to enhance the soon to be opened Ambulatory Care Centre.
Works by Mike Edmondson, Belinda Rosenbaum and another artwork by Gail Neuss are expected to be installed in the coming months.
Kattie Bugeja, Health Infrastructure Creative Producer, emphasised the impact of these artworks. “The works are thoughtful and uplifting, celebrating the beauty of the region’s natural environments and deep connections with culture and Country,” Ms Bugeja said.
The arts program at Cooma Hospital is being delivered as part of the hospital redevelopment, in partnership with Southern NSW Local Health District, artists, and communities.
The Cooma Hospital Redevelopment has delivered an expanded Emergency Department and a new Maternity Department for the community, with a new Ambulatory Care Centre set to be completed by the end of the year.