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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Children's hospital summer art fundraiser launched

Media release
10 December 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett visited the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick today to launch their summer season of art exhibitions.

All the works on show at the hospital’s exhibition spaces are on sale, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, to aid the welfare of seriously ill children.

“These four exhibitions provide an insight both into the incredible work that takes place here at the Sydney Children’s Hospital as well as showcasing the latent artistic talents of many of the staff here through the inaugural Hospital’s Got Talent competition.

“But importantly they will also help raise critical funds for the hospital and the purchase of state of the art medical equipment.

“The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation has been doing its fantastic fundraising work for the hospital since 1986 and I’m sure these four great exhibitions will continue that proud record,” Mr Garrett said.

The summer exhibitions include photographic works by Ingvar Kenne; new works by textile artist Kerrie Lester; and A Day in the Life – a photographic essay of 24 hours in the Sydney Children’s Hospital’s by official photographer, Israel Smith.

The Minister also presented prizes to the winners of the Hospital’s Got Talent competition, judged by Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton.

Mr Garrett said the Sydney Children’s Hospital was also to be commended for the way it integrated
arts learning and practice into the life of the hospital.

“We are becoming increasingly aware of the links between arts practice and healing, particularly when it comes to pain management and alleviating stress and anxiety.

“Besides exhibiting works on the hospital’s gallery walls, the Foundation runs an excellent art education program, where emerging artists work with the children, with stunning results both artistically and for the kids.

“This year, a Chinese contemporary artist, Li Wenmin, taught the children new interpretations of traditional Chinese landscape painting,” the Minister said.

“The art program has been running for over 10 years and you only have to look around the walls here to see what an amazing difference the collection and display of works here makes to the atmosphere of the hospital.”

The exhibitions will be on display from 9am – 5pm on weekdays from 10 December 2009 to 29 January 2010. They can be viewed in the art spaces on the Hospital’s first three floors.

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