Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Local artists benefit from $170m health campus

    4/10/2011 12:00 AM
    • Two Albany Artists to create a seven metre glass artwork for new hospital
    • Community representatives helped to select artists
    • Latest local people to benefit from the construction
    Albany artists Mark Hewson and Paris-Donele Johansen of Torbay Glass Studio, have been chosen to create new artworks for the Albany Health Campus.

    Health Minister Kim Hames announced today they had been selected from 14 Western Australian artists to create a seven-metre artwork which would comprise fused glass panels to be located in the new hospital’s main entrance.

    “I am delighted two local artist will benefit from the new health campus construction which has already provided employment for more than 50 local people,” Dr Hames said.
    “They are both very talented people, Mark was a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2006, and along with Paris undertook an international study tour to learn more about fused glass manufacturing techniques.

    “They used the tour to build on their knowledge of the art form which resulted from 23 years of work in glass design, construction and fabrication.

    “The glass artwork will create a cascade of colours and coloured shadows into a public area of the hospital.  It reflects a sense of movement from land to sea, with a metalwork tree form billowing across the breadth of the artwork.

    “Their work has been funded under the State Government’s Percent for Art Scheme which applies to all public construction projects in excess of $2million.”

          Fact File
    • Construction began on the Albany Health Campus early in 2011 and is due for completion in 2013
    • The new campus is funded by $105.1million from the WA Government, $60.9million from Royalties for Regions and $4.4million from the Federal Government
    • The selection panel included community representatives, the project’s lead architect and WA Country Health Service-Great Southern staff. The process was managed by Adrian Jones, an art consultant with experience in the selection of public art
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