Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    WA artists commissioned for Midland hospital

    14/01/2015 12:00 AM
    • 13 WA artists commissioned for series of artworks at Midland Public Hospital
    • $1m in artworks for Midland Public Hospital and grounds as part of State Government's Per Cent for Art initiative

    Local artists from the north eastern suburbs are among 13 Western Australian artists awarded a series of public artwork commissions at the new Midland Health Campus.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said $1 million would be invested in artworks for the Midland Public Hospital under the State Government's Per Cent for Art program, managed through not-for-profit art and creativity organisation, FORM.


    "The artworks will be in public areas of the hospital and grounds, so patients, staff and visitors will be able to enjoy them as part of the recovery process, which says a lot about how people want to interact with modern health facilities these days," Dr Hames said.


    "The Midland Public Hospital is the first new public hospital in the area for 50 years, with about a 50 per cent greater capacity for the north eastern suburbs, so it's pretty significant the campus is designed with local people and holistic health care in mind."


    Part of the artwork commissioning included an opportunity for Noongar representation on four large shade canopies for the community plaza at the front of the hospital. The contract was awarded to local artists Peter and Miranda Farmer, who are from the hospital's catchment area along with Deborah Bonar and Peter Dailey.


    The artworks are in design development, with installation planned from mid-2015. They range from a towering, illuminated sculpture at the main entrance to delicately detailed murals in the maternity and paediatric care areas.


    Due to open in November this year, the 307-bed Midland Public Hospital will offer a wide range of free health care services to the residents of Midland and surrounding areas, while the 60-bed integrated private hospital will offer the choice of private health care. 
           Fact File
    • Midland Health Campus is a $360.2m project jointly funded by the State and Australian governments
    • The State Government's Per Cent for Art initiative aims to enhance public buildings and support local artists
    • Selection panel consisted representatives from the North Metropolitan Health Service, St John of God Health Care, Department of Culture and the Arts, Crosslinks and Midland PCYC
    • Midland Public Hospital will replace Swan District Hospital which closes November 2015
    • Midland Public Hospital will be operated on behalf of the State Government by St John of God Health Care under a public private partnership agreement

    Minister's office - 6552 5300



    Artwork Description
    Commissioned Artists
    Entry welcome sculpture
    Simon Gilby
    Stairwell wall
    Ian Dowling
    Sensory courtyard sculpture
    Jahne Rees and Rob McCulloch
    Emergency Department
    Tony Pankiw
    Plaza shade canopies
    Peter and Miranda Farmer
    2-dimensional internal commissions
    Ian Mutch
    Deborah Bonar
    Penny Bovell
    Thomas Hoareau
    Peter Dailey
    Monique Tippett