Telling patient stories
It’s difficult to comprehend the experiences of patients and families who need Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick but a recent photo exhibition is helping to tell their stories.
Jimmy Pozarik has been volunteering at the Hospital for 12 years – first in Oncology and then in Emergency. Since 2012 he has also been the Foundation’s Photographer-in-Residence. Through all these experiences, Jimmy has interacted with thousands of patients and their families and wanted to give visual insight into their worlds. Over two years, in collaboration with the Foundation and our Art Program, Jimmy revisited 25 patients he had photographed through past projects.
The result is “Then and Now”, a poignant collection of photographs capturing a moment in a patient’s Hospital journey then, and where they are now. Each pair of photos is accompanied by a written piece in which the families share their experience in their own words.
“I never anticipated the crushing emotional impact seeing kids again would have on me. To walk into the home of an eight-year old who seven years ago was on life support and not expected to survive, and to now see a happy, active, healthy child is ridiculously overwhelming,” says Jimmy.
“Then and Now” brings to life so many stories – some happy, others sad, but all courageous. It’s a true reflection of the diversity that graces a place like Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and yet another beautiful example of how special the Hospital is.
This would not be possible without you, our community of supporters.
THEN: MIA, 9 months old (2012) Whooping Cough
NOW: MIA, 7 years old (2018)
Your generosity not only helps to fund our Art Program and make extraordinary projects like this happen,
it also makes sure the Hospital can be the very best it can be.
Did you know?
The Art Program is a registered public collection.
The Foundation has been managing the Hospital’s Art Program since 2001.
More than 120 ArtEx workshops are held with patients and their families every year.
You can purchase artworks from any of the four annual exhibition rotations.