Summer Art Exhibitions
December 2022 - February 2023
These exhibitions capture vibrancy and embedded use of art with Hospital setting and demonstrate the generosity and creativity of the artists who have developed them for our special audience.
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation Art Program works collaboratively with the Hospital to deliver creative exhibitions to create a vibrant, reassuring and colourful place of healing and culture for patients, families and staff.
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions put in place to manage COVID-19 and to protect the staff and patients, we are unable to invite members of the public to view these displays in person.
Many of the artworks on display are available to purchase, with a portion of each sale donated to the Foundation. If you would like to purchase one of these incredible pieces, please contact the Art Program by phone on 1800 770 122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Hill is a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kamilaroi Mob and a Sutherland Shire local. Calling upon the knowledge she has gained through working with and listen to with elders about Aboriginal art, Hill has created an exhibition inspired by their culture, and the Woronora rivers on Dharawal Country.
Included works represent the flow of the gali (“water” in Gamilaraay language) which guides the girraburri (“Longneck Turtle” in Gamilaraay) along the Woronora Rivers, the Burri burri (“whale” in Dharawal language) and native plant pigface which can be found on Dharawal Country.
Image: Girraburri (2022) Amy Hill
ChIPS Garden of Fries: Featuring Frequent Flyer
Members from the Chronic Illness Peer Support Group (ChIPS)
This exhibition documents the process of artists members. From gardening and cultivating their ideas, to producing a body of work which utilises song writing to illustrate experiences of lifelong health care access, the “frequent flyer”.
The “garden” being community, has reclaimed this space, making visible the familiarity of waiting and using the airport lounge metaphor to subvert a label that the medical community have placed on patients who share their lives so closely with health care settings.
This exhibition demonstrates solidarity: you are not alone, we have a voice, and in the airport garden we all belong to something, something that no one else can really understand unless they’ve been on the same journey. Some have more miles than others, but everyone’s experience matters!
Animals of our land
The connection to animals in Australia, to me represents a spirit that cannot be defined. The narratives of the animal spirit in Australia aim to unite humanity to the essence of our land, and to educate us on our treatment to the natural world. Through the techniques of hyperrealist drawing Join in on the adventure that our native animals whimsically interact with our natural world through a spirit of freedom.
Image: Rain Bird (2022) Ashley Hume
What puts a smile on your face?
Young People from across Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
During National Children’s Week, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation hosted an art competition for children and young people in hospital! Whether they were a patient, a sibling, a friend, or just passing through - we asked young artists to create an artwork in response to:“What puts a smile on your face?”.
Image: Entry by Dov, 5 years old.
The Photo Finish Digital Photography Competition
In its second year, The Photo Finish Digital Photography competition invites all patients, volunteers, visitors, and staff from across Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and auxiliary services to submit uplifting and cheerful photographs taken on a smartphone. With categories for entries, and age categories for children, young people and adults, the display features the finalists selected by a panel of judges, including representatives from the SCHN Arts in Health Committee and members of the SCHN and Health Infrastructure Executive teams.
Lost and Found
Alina Camiller in collaboration with patients from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
“Lost and Found” is the culmination of workshops delivered by artist Alina Camiller with patients at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
Channeling creativity and the joy of being curious commenced through the invitation of play, Alina has guided participants to create photographic documented works of arranged objects.
Each piece captures the spontaneous and imaginative journeys undertaken in exploring and arranging the objects.
Image: Entwining my rusty heart (2021) Alina Camiller
Young People from across SCHN in collaboration with Livewire
FutureWire is a multidisciplinary media project exploring new ways of artmaking using Artificial Intelligence (AI). Young people across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN) have been working with Livewire to generate digital dreamscapes using a combination of visual art, written word, and AI. With an open brief and all mediums encouraged, the results are a celebration of creativity and imagination!
Livewire is Starlight Children’s Hospital’s dedicated program for teenagers living with a serious illness, disability or chronic health condition.
Image: Untitled (2022) Ella Duque MacDonald (16 years old)
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