Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Merredin art a catalyst for quiet contemplation

    22/11/2016 8:00 AM
    • Suite of Percent for Art pieces commissioned for Merredin Health Service
    • Dwellingup's Monique Tippett selected as successful artist
    • Health service redevelopment made possible by Royalties for Regions 

    Dwellingup artist Monique Tippett has been commissioned under the State Government's Percent for Art Scheme, to create a suite of artworks for the Merredin Health Service.


    Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Mrs Tippett would create five internal wall-based works and an exterior sculpture for the front of the health service.


    "Research has shown that the presence of art in a health setting can lead to better outcomes for patients, so it is pleasing that Mrs Tippett wants her art to be a catalyst for quiet contemplation," Mr Day said.


    "The works will be themed around the natural environment in Merredin and the wider Wheatbelt area, focusing on families, care and good health."


    The internal artworks will be shaped from either blackbutt or sheoak timbers, with the external work to be made of powder coated steel. 


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he hoped Mrs Tippett's artworks would help influence patient wellbeing and contribute towards positive health outcomes in the Wheatbelt.


    "The provision of quality health care and infrastructure is essential to the long term sustainability of our regional communities," Mr Redman said.


    "Royalties for Regions, through the Southern Inland Health Initiative, is enhancing the delivery of health services to meet the current and future healthcare demands of regional WA." 


    The Merredin project is Mrs Tippett's ninth Percent for Art commission.  She is currently completing a sculpture for the new Perth Children's Hospital in Nedlands.  Her notable artworks include Wandoo Country, and five pieces in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital's mental health unit.


    Fact File

    • The State Government's Percent for Art Scheme employs scores of WA artists each year to deliver works for a wide range of public projects
    • For more information, visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/percentforart
    • The Southern Inland Health Initiative's $300 million capital works program is the largest undertaken by the WA Country Health Service, with new builds and upgrades to 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West
    • For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland 

    Health and Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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