Byron Central Hospital

Creative Road worked with Health Infrastructure NSW over twelve months to deliver a program of site specific artworks by Northern River’s artists for the newly built hospital.

The art program aims to provide a welcoming and healing environment for patients, families and staff. Our intention was to deliver a complimentary series of contemporary artworks, creating a unique identity and sense of place for the new hospital. Artworks were designed to inspire healing and convey a love of the natural environment.

New commissioned artworks include:

  • The Gratitude of Being is an outdoor seating artwork at hospital’s main entrance by Indigenous artist Francis Belle Parker. Its imagery reflects the local landscape as well as honouring the importance of Arakwal country.
  • A large oil painting Bush Healing is a feature of the main reception area. In it artist Hobie Porter depicts a wetland at Tyagarah Nature Reserve and botanical portraits of bush medicines from the Byron Shire.
  • Virginia Reid and Nicky McLaughlan’s Seaglass is a suspended multi-coloured glass sculpture inspired by the Euripides quote ‘The sea washes away the ills of all mankind’.
  • A laser cut circular steel sculpture by Belinda Smith sits proudly with the rear garden and staff amenity area. Made of Stars looks at the chemistry of the human body and what we share with the world and universe around us.
  • Whimsical and colourful murals by Rachel Stone bring to life the paediatric gym walls and the emergency and main reception children’s play areas.
  • Over 200 plant dye prints on paper were created by staff, patients and community members during workshops held with artist Anne Leon. Artworks were installed every inpatient room and public spaces throughout the hospital.
  • One print was translated into privacy film and used on glass surfaces throughout the hospital.

Photography: Louise Beaumont