TAFE Western students put up their works in the clinical services building of Dubbo Hospital. They are (from left) Monique Harmer, Judi Unger and Merv Bishop with Base Art Inc member Brigid Palin. Photo: BELINDA SOOLETHE Arts in Health program at Dubbo Hospital is broadening the skills of TAFE Western students in the city.

A partnership between TAFE Western Creative Industries and the hospital has allowed the students to display their work in a designated area within its new clinical services building.

New works went up earlier this month for the benefit of hospital patients, their carers and staff.

Head teacher of TAFE Western Creative Industries Vicki Vance said the partnership had given students experience and knowledge of arts in a health context as part of the Arts in Health program at the hospital.

“Students also gain experience in curatorial practice, installation and the de-installation of art exhibitions through this unique exposure opportunity,” she said.

The Arts in Health program was established as part of the $91.3 million stage one and two redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital with the help of a voluntary committee called Base Art Inc.

The program will extend into stages three and four redevelopment, currently in the planning phase.

Base Art Inc president Melanie Moeller said the TAFE Western exhibition space at Dubbo Hospital encouraged strong community engagement.

“We are incredibly proud and pleased to see a dedicated space in Dubbo Hospital for art produced by local TAFE Western Creative Industries students,” she said.

“The designated TAFE exhibition area in the entry foyer and day surgery waiting rooms of the new clinical services building provides a real connection to the community.”

Dubbo Hospital general manager Debbie Bickerton said the Arts in Health program aimed to improve the hospital environment and experience for patients, carers and staff.

“Arts in our new clinical services building is a real highlight for us because the art brightens the hospital environment, giving patients much-needed distraction when ill,” she said.

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