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Expression of Interest: Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Art Commissions


EOIs HAVE NOW CLOSED - shortlisted applications will be contacted by 29 February 2024

As part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network redevelopment projects at Randwick and Westmead, a series of new creative commissions will integrate arts, play and discovery experiences into the new hospital facilities, helping to create a welcoming and healing environment for patients and their families.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open to creatives to help transform hospital spaces through the delivery of three multi-disciplinary arts commissions, specifically to support young patients receiving acute hospital treatment.

These three creative commissions will feature in key patient areas of the new buildings, with the primary aim of helping to calm and distract young patients and enhance their wellbeing during their health care journey.

Artists and creative teams who’d like to be part of these transformative projects that will deliver state-of-the-art paediatric healthcare and research to transform the future of children’s health are encouraged to apply.

There are three commissions open to Expressions of Interest:
  • Opportunity 1:  Interactive Digital Experience - Acute Procedure Rooms
  • Opportunity 2:  Procedure Room Soundscapes
  • Opportunity 3: Healing Ceilings
Creatives may apply to one or more of these opportunities. Creatives wanting to apply for more than one commission MUST submit separate forms and Creative Responses for each opportunity they are interested in.

Creatives must submit the EOI application (online form) and Creative Response in full by 11:59pm on Sunday 28 January 2024 to be eligible for these projects.

Project details can be found in the EOI Brief (PDF) and must be read in context of the Arts, Play & Discovery Curatorial Plan (PDF).

Need assistance? To enquire about these commissions please contact HI Arts at and a member of the team will respond. 
About Arts, Play and Discovery at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

The experience of care at the new Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre (SCH1/MCCCC) and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2 redevelopments will be integrated with healthy childhood development and learning through sensory, physical and emotional characteristics of creative play – either self-directed and unstructured, in groups or in one-to-one therapeutic contexts.

The role of creative teams is important to shape this new model of care through arts, play and discovery experiences, from point of physical arrival to the campus, and through patient journeys, promoting cultural safety, empowering patient participation and, in context of these commissions, seeks to improve first time success of harmful procedures – for patients, their carers and hospital staff.

The link between art and health outcomes around the world is well documented. Hospitals internationally and across Australia recognise the importance of neuroaesthetics for healing and wellbeing.

A dedicated arts program for the redevelopment projects are being developed with the valuable input of young people and led by the redevelopment teams’ Arts, Play and Discovery Working Group members, which include community, precinct stakeholders and staff representatives. The working groups are helping to ensure the new buildings offer a range of unique creative components that engage and inspire all who enter the hospitals.