Hospital Arts Vision
New Bankstown Hospital
2021 - ongoing
Green Furniture Concept by Johan Berhin
'Reservoir' by John Grade
We were engaged by architecture firm Architectus to develop an Arts Vision for the New Bankstown Hospital (NSW) that reflected the aims of the client, Health Infrastructure NSW. Architectus brought ArtsPeople onto the project from the outset, enabling us to establish collaborative relationships with the design team from the project’s commencement, including the Indigenous Consultant. This early involvement allowed us to create a vision that could be authentically and cohesively integrated through all elements of the development, as well as the needs of various stakeholders.
Curating in the public realm
Art, craft and design integration in the built environment
Participatory arts opportunities
Coordinating stakeholder needs across diverse communities
Collaborating with cross-disciplinary creative teams
Our Arts Vision draws on international best-practice in arts and health, expansive academic inquiry and real-life practice in order to ensure a high-quality outcome. We thoughtfully engaged with the principles of the ‘NSW Health & the Arts Framework’ to form a community-specific vision, in alignment with our client’s needs. ‘Nature’s healing power’ is central to our vision, which begins with a respectful embrace of Indigenous connection to country.
Ultimately, we recognised that an environment of healing and wellbeing is only realised when art is sensitively integrated into the objects, spaces, and experiences of health services.
We presented this vision to the New Bankstown Hospital Arts Working Group and engaged them in our Arts Vision to ensure their needs were reflected in the final outcome. This project is still ongoing.