The Art Gallery is an independent community art initiative
Bringing art to Gladstone Base hospital. From waiting rooms to hospital wards, our surroundings can impact the way we think and feel. Art can transform cold,
clinical environments into welcoming public spaces that encourage, enrich and empower everyone who uses them.
We envisage to open an art centre in the hospital. This first phase concentrates on level one of the hospital then branching out to colour the hole hospital.
Level 1 houses Cancer care unit, Renal unit, Day surgery, Palliative care and General Ward and services approx 6650 patients a year. The centre comprises of an art gallery and also an Artz hub where therapy of art can improve a patients stay.
The Art Gallery
The gallery will be divided into 3 sections;
1. Schools (First year focusing on rural schools in our region)
2. Local artists
3. Artwork produced in the hospital through Artz Hub.
Artwork displays will change every two months.
Rural schools will be invited to exhibit and then curator Katrina Elliott will visit these schools and work through an exhibition rationale with them. Local artist and artgroups / poets / story tellers will be invited to submit EOI. The Local artist exhibitions will be co curated by Katrina Elliott and Trudie Leigo. The Gallery in a 12 month period will give 6 schools and 6 paid artists opportunities to exhibit their work.
The Artz Hub
Along with the gallery an Artz Hub will also be set up on level one. The Artz hub will be manned 2 days a week where art projects can take place with in the hospital directly with patients and staff. Artz hub will be equipped with a purpose built art cart and art boards to allow for mobile art to take place at the bedside. The first project will be to a tile mural. Each tiles painted by the participant will be then added to make an overall mural. Artz Hub will also have other art activities that will be used to exhibit in section 3 of the gallery. The Artz Hub will work closely with Hospital management on these wards building a relationship and art strategies to improve the stay and recovery of patients in the hospital.