Art Program mural nominated for innovative NSW Health Award

17 October 2018

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation Art Program is a finalist in the NSW Health Awards. The Program has been recognised for their collaborative mural project in the sensory room of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the Hospital.

For young patients treated in the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, a space where they can take a break from the ward and have time to relax is essential.  

The Sensory Room within the unit was designed to do just that, but while it had beanbags and comfy seating, the walls of the room were bare and unstimulating for patients.

In a truly collaborative project, staff and patients from the ward worked together with our Art Program team, to design and create a mural to transform the Sensory Room. 

A series of interactive workshops were run with patients and staff to develop themes and colours of the mural.

In the first workshop, patients and staff listened to different types of music and sounds to produce drawings/artworks in response to how it made them feel. These were then voted on to determine the subject matter of the mural.

The finished mural means the Sensory Room is now a calming and engaging space, created by patients for patients. The winning design “Abstract Sky” comprises of layered colour shapes, interpreting the changing colours of the sky as time passes from sunrise to sunset. Once the design was finalised, patients were encouraged to participate in the painting of the mural through the Art Program’s weekly workshop program.

The NSW Health Awards recognise innovation and excellence in the delivery of health programs and services to the NSW community throughout the public health system. Celebrating 20 years, the annual awards will be held on Monday 5 November. We wish everyone involed in the creation of the mural the best of luck. 


Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research