Our arts and cultural program promotes well-being and a sense of place through the integration of arts, culture and heritage elements into the new healthcare facilities and public spaces at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.
The program was developed and created with staff, patients, visitors and local community members in partnership with some of Australia's best known local and international artists including Leanne Tobin, Robyn Caughlan, Tam Cao, photographer Steve Parish, glass artist Ben Edols, architect Chris Bosse (who designed Beijing's Water Cube) and organisations including the Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown Council, Blacktown RSL Club and The Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Park Trust.
Stage 1 delivered more than 20 new works for Blacktown Hosptial and Mount Druitt Hospital, including a major suspended sculpture and a 100-metre mosaic seat covered with 100,000 tiles in patterns created by our local community.
Our Stage 2 project is called Kaleidoscope and will deliver a range of works including gardens, terraces, sculpture and textile works, and new photographic works through our BMDH Photo Competition.
Our fundraising team works with communities, individuals and government organisations to provide the little extras that make hospital stay more comfortable for patients and families. BMDH Fundraising and Event Coordinator Sonia Hollands would love to talk to you about how you can be a donor or partner. Contact Sonia on 0429 413 194 or email Sonia.Hollands@health.nsw.gov.au
As a medical specialist… I was constantly confronted with the impact of the physical, emotional and cultural environment on the health both physical and mental of the individual. The provision of music and art within a beautiful physical environment had a powerful effect on reaching and healing many children, young people and their families.
Professor Marie Bashir, former Governor of NSW
Stage 2 arts projects will bring life to the hospital and the hospital to life.
"Not just a work of art - a work of community." Our art and culture program 2012 - 2016 has been captured in a commemorative book.