Workshops: nature inspired art for hospital

Filed : Arts & Health, Arts and funding opportunities, In Hospitals, Lachlan Health Service Culture & Arts Program .

The uplifting and nurturing power of nature will be the inspiration for artworks created for the new Parkes Hospital. The artworks will be made by locals over a series of six free workshops.

Art workshops: ‘Through the Looking Glass – Reflections on Nature’
Wednesdays 18 May, 25 May, 2 June, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 10am-1pm
Venue: Parkes Shire Library

The uplifting and nurturing power of nature will be the inspiration for artworks created for the new Parkes Hospital. The artworks will be made by locals over a series of six free workshops.

This inaugural art workshop project was initiated by Arts OutWest in partnership with the Lachlan Health Service and Parkes Shire Library.

Called ‘Through the Looking Glass – Reflections on Nature’ these six fortnightly workshops will start with participants sketching and photographing imagery and ideas sourced from and inspired by the natural environment. They’ll then develop these into drawings and paintings. The workshops will run at Parkes Shire Library on Wednesday mornings from May 18.

“We’re looking for imagery that is uplifting, nurturing, light and colourful to create an oasis of calm for people during their hospital experience,” Arts OutWest Arts and Health Coordinator Christine McMillan said. “The focus will be on celebrating wellbeing by exploring the relationship between the natural environment and our life cycle.”

One artwork from each participant will be gifted to the maternity section of the hospital after the workshops. A number of works will be developed into printed decals for installation in the hospital.

No previous formal art training or experience is required as full instruction will be given during the workshop process to stimulate creativity and learn art and design skills. All art materials and art tuition is supplied. Places are filling quickly, limited to a maximum of 15 participants.

This is just one part of the culture and arts program at the Parkes and Forbes hospitals. Other activities include commissioning of permanent sculptures, music performances in the hospitals, exhibitions, permanent heritage displays, and activities for children and a host of other hands-on art making workshops for both locals and health staff.

BOOKINGS at Parkes Shire Library: 6861 2309.

For enquiries contact Arts OutWest Arts and Health Coordinator: Christine McMillan 0447 832 043.

Background:

The Lachlan Health Services Project has engaged regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest to integrate culture and arts into the Forbes and Parkes Hospital redevelopments. The Culture and Arts Working Group includes representation from the Lachlan Health Service Project team, Arts OutWest, the Lachlan Health Council, health staff and the Aboriginal community and is responsible for implementing a flexible and sustainable program that promotes well-being and creates a welcoming, vibrant place for the Forbes and Parkes communities. The overall Lachlan Health Service Project includes the $72.5M redevelopment of a new Parkes Hospital and the $40.9M refurbishment of Forbes Hospital. A component of this is directed at the arts and health projects and cultural initiatives.

Image: Arts & Health Coordinator Christine McMillan hanging works for the first public exhibition at Parkes Hospital (March-June 2016). 

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