Further arts installments for patient viewing


The second and third episodes of St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s art program for patient television will feature the life and work of photographer Frances Andrijich and sculptor Tony Jones, both celebrated Perth artists.

The episodes are part of Makers: the artists, their work, their lives, a series of 30-minute episodes that bring to life the artworks in the hospital’s art collection. You can also see these works in a fantastic exhibition in the Linking Corridor and reception area.

The West Australian-first dedicated arts television channel for patients was the brainchild of St John of God Health Care’s Art Curator Connie Petrillo.

“We are very excited to be able to share the significant work of these two artists throughout our hospitals,” says Connie.

“They will provide a wonderful insight and enjoyable viewing for our patients.”

The work of Frances Andrijich has graced magazines, books and newspapers around Australia and the world, including Time MagazineHarper’s BazaarFairfax Good Weekend MagazineAustralian GeographicVogueMarie Claire and Gourmet Traveller.

Amongst her many portraits, her image of an exuberant Heath Ledger is most well-known.

Frances 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 Health Care, is an honour,” Ms Andrijich says.

“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.”

Tony Jones was named Western Australia’s Citizen of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the visual arts as a sculptor and educator.

He continues a thriving practice in public art – after inspiring countless students over 50 years of teaching art. Often working collaboratively with other artists, many of his artworks have made their way into the public psyche, such as the regularly, and anonymously, dressed Eliza on the Swan River.

The first episode of the Makers celebrated the work of local painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker Hans Arkeveld and was met with great interest by patients at the hospital. The episode gave viewers a glimpse into 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 Health Care, and on display at Murdoch Hospital.

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