June – September 2021
Introducing our second rotation of exhibitions for the year. Over three months, six creative displays will fill the corridors of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick from June until September.
The Art Program uses the visual arts in all forms to transform Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, into a place of wonder and respite, creating conversations between artists and patients. Through the Collection and Exhibition Program, the Art Program also provides opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their talents.
A Little Piece of Me
Andrew Christie with families from Palliative Care teams
A collaborative art project between artist Andrew Christie, the Art Program, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Palliative Care teams and – for the very first time - John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
Featuring over 70 participating families, this collection celebrates the many influences that shape the identities of developing children and young people. Participants submitted a portrait of their child, and photos of all the people who have helped shape their life experiences. These are then transformed into a photo mosaic pixel portrait. The exhibition will be held concurrently with displays at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage Manly and John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
Image: Eve, 8 years old (2021) Andrew Christie
Photo Postal Pal Project
Members of the ChIPS Program (Chronic Illness Peer Support)
The Chronic Illness Peer Support program (ChIPS) is a Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network initiative that provides peer support to young people aged 12-25 who are living with a chronic illness. This program is a wonderful opportunity for patients and siblings to connect, make friends and find support through their shared experiences.
The Photo Postal Pal Project sought to help members stay connected during COVID-19, while also building a supportive community. Over 12 months, participants were gifted disposable cameras which they used to capture a picture and pass on to the next member of the group. Accompanied with each camera was a letter from the sender, sharing their feelings and experiences of 2020.
Together, these images and letters formed a photographic body of work that was digitally enhanced with animation and soundscapes.
Image: ChIPS (2021) Cooper
Be Not Afraid of My Body
Kate Disher-Quill in collaboration SuCCEED (the Supporting Children with Complex Feeding Difficulties Study Group)
Many children face difficulties feeding, some requiring specialist support, and in some cases, feeding tubes. Collaborating with SuCCEED, Artist and photographer Kate Disher-Quill was invited into the homes of seven families with ‘tubie kids’. The resulting project was a photographic collaboration between the artist and families, with Kate taking portraits of the mothers and children, and the families contributing their own images to the work. Through a sensitive and emotive visual insight, Be Not Afraid of My Body calls to acknowledge the challenges and vulnerabilities of these families while celebrating their courage and resilience.
Image: Anna and Emily (2019) Kate Disher-Quill
Light as a Feather
Fine art photographer, Angela Robertson-Buchanan, has always been fascinated with feathers. Light as a Feather explores the science of feathers - how they get their colour, the marvel of flight, their uniqueness, the different types of feathers on a bird and the roles they play. Each feather has been photographed using a macro lens, to show its intricate details that are normally invisible to the naked eye.
Image: Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo Tail Feather (2019) Angela Robertson-Buchanan
And the Birds Sang
Kelcie Bryant-Duguid’s colourful encaustic paintings feature birds and banksias. As a parent of a child that has spent many months in hospitals with multiple visits, the art located in the hospital and its’ surrounding gardens have always been a great source of comfort. Kelcie’s artmaking reflects this experience, acknowledging the importance of home and familiar places to sick families. Birds and nature provide a colourful escape from hospital routines and are a recurrent theme in her work.
Image: Bird and Banksia Series no.8 (2020) Kelcie Bryant-Duguid
Bird’s Eye View of Our Rivers
Professor Richard Kingsford
Professor Richard Kingsford has researched Australia’s rivers for nearly four decades. Taken during low-level aerial surveys of waterbirds, Richard’s spectacular images show the incredible colours of our rivers and wetlands, reflecting their boom-and-bust cycles. Sadly, many rivers are degrading with the impacts of dams and water extraction.
Image: A drying Menindee Lake (2015) Richard Kingsford
About the Art Program
The Art Program uses the visual arts in all forms to transform Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick into a place of wonder and respite, creating dialogues between artists and patients. Through the Collection and Exhibition Program, the Art Program also provides opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their talents.
Many of the artworks on display are available to purchase, with a portion of each sale going to support the Foundation. For more information about purchasing artworks please contact the Art Program by email firstname.lastname@example.org.