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March Arts 2022

Festival celebrates art in healthcare.

Man with arms crossed wearing a mask; standing in front of Aboriginal artwork
SydneyConnect Image: Lee Hampton

Aboriginal artist Lee Hampton's latest work is all about connection.

"The inspiration behind the artworks was to represent Concord Hospital and its services," he said.

The painting - which Lee describes as urban Aboriginal art - depicts an aerial view of Concord and surrounding suburbs, showing the reach of the hospital and the services' links with the community.

"They are actually spread out because you have a lot of out-[patient] services where you're going into homes for patients. It's going out into the community," Lee, whose Aboriginal heritage can be traced to three clans - Wodi Wodi, Worimi and Yuin - said.

The painting is one of three artworks Sydney Local Health District commissioned him to create for the new Clinical Services Building at the hospital.

The building will also feature a mural hand painted by Rachel Stone and major works by Alesandro Ljubicic and Tim Maguire.

Maguire's floral artwork will include a remembrance poppy, painted on aluminium, and will be the centrepiece of the new main concourse area.

For many, the District's annual celebration of arts in healthcare, March Arts, will provide the first opportunity to view them.

"The Arts make a powerful contribution to the health and wellbeing of our patients, their families, our staff and the community. March Arts highlights the benefits of integrating the arts into the design and delivery of our services, facilities and hospitals," Dr Teresa Anderson, the District's Chief Executive said.

The month-long festival also features Sydney-based artist Charles Clapshaw who uses augmented reality and other technology in his works.

While, in collaboration with the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, artist Simon Fieldhouse has developed a series of 3D-printed sculptures of surgeons.

The staff wellbeing team, MDOK, is running a staff photography competition at Canterbury Hospital; university students from St Andrew's College will collaborate with the District to create artwork; and murals will transform a building on RPA's campus.

March Arts will also include a selection of online interviews about art projects and an expanded virtual gallery which showcases the art collection across the District.

For more information about March Arts please see www.slhdarts.org