The link between art and health outcomes around the world is well documented.  Hospitals internationally and across Australia recognise the importance of art in the psychology of healing and wellbeing.

Arts in health initiatives aim to enhance patient, visitor, staff and carer experiences, while promoting cultural safety and connections to health.

The arts and culture program for the new Griffith Base Hospital is about much more than just deciding what will hang on the walls; it aims to leave a positive lasting cultural legacy for the community and create a significant opportunity to celebrate the creative talent of the region. The program is led by the Redevelopment's Arts Working Group which includes community and staff representatives.

How does arts in health make a difference?

Check out this case study from the recent Macksville Hospital to find out how powerful arts in health can be. 

Update - April 2023

After 18 months of strategy development and consultation, the Redevelopment's Arts in Health program has reached an exciting point with many initiatives now taking shape. 

Here's some of the initiatives currently underway:

  • The announcement of successful artist applications for three artwork commissions is expected in May 2023. These commissions involve stakeholder consultation to ensure the works are representative of Griffith's culturall diverse community;
  • The launch of a photographic competition for images to display in the new Hospital. Closing date is 28 May 2023;
  • Cataloguing of the cultural and art items in the existing hospital and identification of the significant artworks, photographs and plaques which will be cared for and transferred to the new hospital;
  • A social history timeline of the health service in Griffith is being developed in consultation with communitiy.
It's an exciting time and we will continue to bring you updates about these, and more initiatives.