Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Local focus for Northam Health Service art

    28/12/2016 8:30 AM
    • Local team to produce art for new Northam Health Service
    • Award-winning artist Lorenna Grant engaged to co-ordinate project 

    Renowned Western Australian artist Lorenna Grant has been commissioned to guide a group of artists to create works for the Northam Health Service redevelopment under the State Government's Percent for Art Scheme.


    Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said a community workshop was held on November 30 at Arts Revolution in Northam, where Ms Grant explained the process of the art project to a group of keen local artists.


    "It is terrific that several local artists will have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists to create works that the local community can be proud of," Mr Day said.


    "Once the successful local artists are chosen, Ms Grant will hold a series of workshops through until March 2017 as part of an artist-in-residence program at Arts Revolution.


    "The artworks produced at the workshops will form the basis of the final artwork for the health service."


    The chosen artists may produce a series of paintings that will then be photographed and printed onto a series of exterior compressed fibre cement panels and applied to exterior screen structures, which will be placed at three locations around the hospital.


    The design process is expected to be complete by mid-2017 and installed in December 2018.


    Acting Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said artwork at the new purpose-built Northam Health Service would enhance the aesthetics of the facility and contribute towards an enriched experience for patients and staff.


    "Investment in health infrastructure and services is vital to sustainable communities," Mr Grylls said.


    "I am pleased to see the Percent for Art Scheme complement the Royalties for Regions investment in the health facility, bringing a better quality of life to regional communities."


    Fact File

    • The $42 million redevelopment of the Northam Health Service has been made possible by the investment of about $38.5 million from Royalties for Regions and $3.5 million from the Australian Government. The Australian Government contribution will fund new renal and cancer services
    • The State Government's Percent for Art Scheme employs WA artists to deliver exciting works for major new public buildings including schools, police stations and health services - http://www.dca.wa.gov.au
    • The Southern Inland Health Initiative's $300 million capital works program is the biggest 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 - http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland 

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

    Acting Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


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