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Artist Credit: Melanie Crawford


The Commercial Galleries are located at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), on Level 3 in the publically accessible Outpatient’s Corridor. The corridor is open between 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday and includes three galleries:

  • Bessie Davidson Gallery – 20.7 m x 2 m across three walls
  • Sir Ivor Hele Gallery – 19 m x 2 m across three walls
  • Margaret Preston Gallery  – 15 m x 2 m across two walls

Please Note: The Commercial Galleries do not extend over one continuous length. These dimensions refer to the total available hanging space as galleries are separated by patient access ways and signage.

These galleries are dedicated to supporting the work and careers of mid-career and established artists. CCH Curatorial staff aim to program a minimum of 4 exhibitions per year. Each display will last approximately 8-12 weeks with the final exhibition extending into January 2021. Where possible, the gallery program will actively participate and partner with festivals and events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, South Australia’s History Festival, South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, and TARNANTHI.

Artists are invited to sell artworks. In the instance that an artwork is sold, CCH will receive 25% commission to support CCH’s gallery program.

Exhibition requirements

The Commercial Galleries are located within a publicly accessible area of the new RAH. Therefore, artwork must be appropriate for display within a healthcare facility where a healing environment is paramount and incidental viewing will occur by people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds.

It is important to note that artworks made of porous materials (i.e. textiles) may not be admitted due to infection control requirements. Safety standards must also be met and artworks should not include any dangerous protrusions or sharp edges.

CCH has initiated a ‘no glass policy’ for artwork displayed at the RAH.  Artwork requiring framing will need to use 3.5mm or 4mm Astariglas Cast acrylic sheeting.

Artworks must be suitable for installation using a picture rail system. D-rings must be attached prior to delivery, fitting the dimensions of the space.

Artists are responsible for the transportation of artworks to and from the RAH. Exhibiting artists should ensure they have appropriate insurance for the display of artworks in a public space.

Additional Application information

  • Eligible applicants for the RAH Commercial Galleries Call Out include early, mid-career and established artists, curators and artist collectives.
  • Applications should consider all artwork/exhibition requirements and the specified aims of the Centre for Creative Health’s Gallery Program.
  • Applications are to be submitted using the online form.
  • Additional information such as images and artwork information (including artist name, artwork title, year, medium and dimensions) should be provided and attached as a single PDF or Word Document.
  • Applicants must submit a current artist CV that is no longer than 2 pages for and individual or 4 pages for a group.
    Please note clearly any dates you will be unable to exhibit between February 2020 and January 2021.
  • If you have a preferred gallery space for your exhibition, please list the gallery name and provide a concise explanation for your preference. Curatorial staff will take this information into account but cannot guarantee allocation of galleries for successful applications.
  • The successful applicant will be sent an Exhibition Information Pack and Artist Agreement. This must be signed and returned to the Assistant Curator/Program Officer by a specified date (to be determined once selections have been confirmed).
  • For any additional information please contact the Assistant Curator / Program Officer


This Centre for Creative Health program is supported by The Hospital Research Foundation.