Byron Central Hospital
Art Strategy + Program Delivery
Creative Road delivered a broad program of site specific artworks by Northern River’s artists for the new Byron Central Hospital. The art program’s aim was 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.
Commissioned artworks included a large oil painting Bush Healing which 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. 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 short documentary about the art program was created by local filmmaker Andy Bambach.
Client: Health Infrastructure NSW
Location: Byron Bay, NSW
Photography: Louise Beaumont