Art hits hospital’s small screens

Janis Nedela - Rush #2, 2001

Janis Nedela – Rush #2, 2001

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is bringing art directly to patients’ rooms, through a West Australian-first dedicated arts television channel for patients.

Arts Program Manager Connie Petrillo says Makers: the artists, their work, their lives is a series of 30-minute episodes that bring to life the artworks in the hospital’s art collection.

“The channel will enable patients who cannot get out of bed to see the artwork on our walls to see some on their televisions,” says Ms Petrillo.

“It will hopefully provide them with some interesting viewing by giving them a look into the lives of the artists and the amazing work they create.”

The channel includes art forms such as visual art, sculpture and photography and features local artists such as painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker Hans Arkeveld, sculptor and teacher Tony Jones, artist and sculptor Janis Nedela, painter Jillian Green and photographer Frances Andrijich.

Frances Andrijich says she is delighted to be involved in the project and looks forward to seeing patients’ reactions.

“To have artwork in such a celebrated collection, like St John of God Murdoch Hospital, is an honour,” says Ms Andrijich.

“It is always fascinating for me to meet artists and to see them in their environment working…I am sure the patients will feel the same as Makers brings this experience to them.”

The first episode features the work and life of Hans Arkeveld, at his fascinating studio at the University of Western Australia and the unique home he built in the Perth Hills. He talks about his work in the collection, emigrating from Holland as a child, and his father being forced to work for the Gestapo.

Makers is created by the Artist’s Chronicle and commissioned by St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The project was one of 27 film projects Australia-wide to be approved by the Documentary Australia Foundation.


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