Local artists are invited to take part in the arts and culture program for the new Tweed Valley Hospital to enhance patient, visitor, staff and carer experiences.  

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said local artists are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest to contribute to a series of artwork opportunities planned for the hospital.

“The new Tweed Valley Hospital will feature a range of artwork which will give the state-of-the-art facility a unique and distinctive identity and create a welcoming space for patients, staff and the community,” Mr Provest said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for local artists to get involved and contribute to the arts and culture program for the new hospital.  We want to showcase the culture and the history of the region and at the same time create a nurturing and calm space.”

Artists will be asked to design artwork that explore themes or stories that have cultural significance, recognise the Traditional Owners of the land, as well as depicting regional landscapes and land use such as farming and agriculture.

Selected artworks will be incorporated into the public spaces of the hospital with opportunities to feature as part of framed works and wall art, as well as integrated full-length wall graphics which will create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Geoff Provest said the project is seeking interest from experienced artists from the Tweed Valley area, or those with a significant connection to the region.

“The arts and culture program for the new Tweed Valley hospital is about much more than just selecting paintings to hang on the walls; it aims to leave a positive lasting cultural legacy for the community and create a significant opportunity to recognise and respect the history of the region,” Mr Provest said.

“I look forward to seeing the submissions from our talented and active Arts community.”

The launch of the second stage of the arts program follows the appointment of local Tweed-based artist, Hiromi Tango, as the artist for the main sculpture ‘Garden’, which will be suspended from the high ceilings in the main entry foyer.

Dedicated spaces for works that showcase the culture and the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region, as well as the Australian South Sea Islander community, will also form a key element of the arts and culture planned for the Tweed Valley Hospital.

Artists must submit a response that fulfils the requirements as outlined in the Expression of Interest Artist Brief, available through the project website http://www.tweedvalleyhospital.health.nsw.gov.au/    

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 18 October 2021. All enquiries and submissions should be sent to eoi@iamprojects.com.au .

The new $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital is on track to open to patients in 2023.