Culture and art in the new Clinical Services Building at Dubbo Hospital continues to be a bright spot for the facility, with new TAFE Western Creative Industries student artwork recently hung on the hospital walls.
A partnership between TAFE Western Creative Industries and Dubbo Hospital developed during Stages 1 and 2 of the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment project has allowed students to have their work displayed at the facility, with a number of new art works now on display in this space.
Head Teacher of TAFE Western Creative Industries, Vicki Vance said the partnership has given students experience and knowledge of arts in a health context as part of the overall Arts in Health program at Dubbo Hospital.
"Students also gain experience in curatorial practice, installation and the de-installation of art exhibitions through this unique exposure opportunity," Ms Vance said.
The Arts in Health program was established as part of the $91.3M Dubbo Hospital Stages 1 and 2 redevelopment project with the assistance of a voluntary committee – Base Art Inc. The Arts in Health program will extend into Stages 3 and 4 of the redevelopment, which is currently in the planning phase.
President of Base Art Inc., Melanie Moeller said the TAFE Western exhibition space at Dubbo Hospital encourages strong community engagement.
"We are incredibly proud and pleased to see a dedicated space in Dubbo Hospital for art produced by local TAFE Western Creative Industries students," Ms Moeller said.
"The designated TAFE exhibition area in the entry foyer and day surgery waiting rooms of the new Clinical Services Building provides a real connection to the community."
Dubbo Hospital General Manager, Debbie Bickerton said the Arts in Health program aims to improve the hospital environment and experience for patients, carers and staff.
"Arts in our new Clinical Service Building is a real highlight for us because the art brightens the hospital environment, giving patients much needed distraction when ill," Ms Bickerton said.
"The inclusion of the TAFE Western artwork is a great way to involve community in their local hospital."