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Art in hospitals
2023: Curated exhibition program

Curated exhibition program at Forbes, Parkes, Trundle, Oberon, Condobolin.


Hospital reception areas and hallways are commonly treated as a threshold or holding bay. A positive patient experience from the outset can improve the overall experience of care while showcasing and fostering greater trust in the service. An improved environment can reduce anxieties by being more comfortable, engaging and safe. Arts OutWest are working with Health staff to develop projects and programs that are appropriate to the needs of the Western NSW LHD. The aim of the program is to create a sustainable Arts and Health exhibition program in local Multi-Purpose Services and hospitals.

Steven works with John Sarkissian at Parkes Telescope to select and exhibit Astro Photography from The David Malin Awards in the hallways of Parkes and Forbes Hospitals. He works with Heather Blackley and the Arts Council at Condobolin to curate quarterly exhibitions at Condobolin Hospital. He also works with aboriginal groups, local schools and arts societies to deliver curated exhibitions along the hallways of the local health services.

Steven has designed an exhibition circuit of artworks like that of metropolitan and regional galleries. This is designed to broaden the reach and engagement with art and artists across LGA boundaries. Hospitals now share exhibitions where possible and appropriate. This program demonstrates the arts as a positive partner for health and wellbeing in our regional areas.


Forbes Hospital: 3 exhibitions over 12 months.

  • Forbes Arts Society
  • Astro Photography: David Malin Awards
  • Forbes Shire Council collection of drawings

Parkes Hospital: 2 exhibitions over 12 months

  • Astro Photography: David Malin Awards
  • An exhibition of artwork by primary school children in Parkes

Condobolin Hospital: 4 exhibitions over 12 months

  • Naidoc Week – Central West Family Support Girls Group: ‘For Our Elders’
  • Karen Tooth: ‘A Mixed Bag’
  • Norma Cairns: A Collection of Works Retrospective
  • Waterbirds Breeding Spectacular: Exhibition of photography

Trundle MPS: 2 exhibitions over 12 months

  • An exhibition of artwork by the school children in Trundle: ‘Joy’
  • Oberon Art Group: Artworks made by Oberon MPS residents artist run workshops

Oberon MPS: 1 exhibition over 12 months

  • Oberon Art Group: Artwork made by Oberon MPS residents in artist run workshops

Location: Hospitals and MPS (Multi-Purpose Health Services) in Forbes, Parkes, Trundle, Oberon, Condobolin

When: 2023

Funded by: Various

Project officers: Christine McMillan, Steven Cavanagh

Partnering with: Western NSW Local Health District

Main image: Karen Tooth exhibition installed at Condobolin Hospital.