Artist impression Midland Public Hospital (currently under construction)
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News
Date
14 January 2015

WA artists commissioned for new Midland hospital

  • Midland

Local artists from Perth's north eastern suburbs are among 13 Western Australian artists awarded a series of public artwork commissions at the new Midland Public Hospital.

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 will be installed from mid-2015 and 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. 

Midland Health Campus is a $360.2 million project jointly funded by the State and Australian governments, and is located within the Clayton precinct of the MRA's Midland redevelopment area.  It will be operated on behalf of the State Government by St John of God Health Care under a public private partnership agreement.

Artwork description and 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)