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Artists, curators and artist collectives are invited to submit applications to exhibit in the Commercial and Emerging Artist Galleries at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Centre for Creative Health (CCH) aims to improve the quality of and experience of healthcare and to enhance the art already integral to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) by providing best-practice arts and design programs, projects and other creative initiatives to the Central Adelaide Local Heath Network (CALHN).  The CCH is a proud affiliate of The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) and all programs, projects and initiatives are funded through the CCH’s philanthropic and sponsorship contributions and grants.

Exhibiting artworks reflecting the creative vitality and diversity of contemporary Australian artists will be to the benefit, pleasure and education of patients, staff and the general community at the RAH. Therefore the CCH galleries program intends to provide a range of spaces for display of artworks by established, mid-career and emerging artists.

The Galleries Program aims to:

  • Add to the creative, healing environment which has art woven into the design and architecture of the hospital.
  • Continue to promote the place of arts in the hospital setting – to improve the quality and experience and meet the healthcare needs of patients and staff at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
  • Offer experiences of visual excellence and value commensurate with those acknowledged by Government arts agencies (Australia Council of the Arts, Arts South Australia, State and regional art galleries) and the National Arts and Health Framework.
  • Provide a forum where established, mid-career and emerging artists can engage with new audiences
  • Enable RAH staff, patients and visitors to purchase artworks

Emerging Artist Galleries

Located on the busy main Concourse of the RAH by lifts E & F, the two Emerging Artist Galleries will showcase the artwork of South Australian art students, graduates and artists at the beginning stages of developing their professional practice. The Centre for Creative Health defines an emerging artist as someone who has either graduated from art school less than five years ago, or artists who have practiced professionally for less than five years.

The Emerging Artist Galleries include:

  • Concourse Gallery E – 4m (length) x 1m (height) x 4cm (recess)
  • Concourse Gallery F – 5.3m (length) x 1m (height) x 10cm (recess)

Exhibitions will be on display for approximately 8-12 weeks and the Gallery Program will aim to present at least four exhibition rounds each calendar year with the final exhibition round extending into January 2020.

Artists are welcome to have their artworks available for sale; if an artwork is purchased a 25% commission will go to the CCH to help support the gallery program.

Commercial Galleries

Supporting mid-career and established artists or artists who have had a professional practice for longer than five years, the Commercial Galleries are located on Level 3 of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the publically accessible corridor of the Outpatient Department. The galleries include the:

  • 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 that the gallery dimensions listed refer to the total available hanging space; however galleries do not extend over a continuous length as patient access ways and gallery signage interrupt at irregular intervals.

Exhibitions will be on display for approximately 8-12 weeks and the Gallery Program will aim to present at least four exhibition rounds each calendar year with the final exhibition round extending into January 2020. Where possible, the Gallery Program will actively participate and partner with festivals and events including Adelaide Fringe Festival, South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA Festival) and History Festival.

Artists are welcome to have their artworks available for sale; if an artwork is purchased a 25% commission will go to the CCH to help support the Gallery Program.

Artwork/Exhibition requirements

The Commercial and Emerging Artist Galleries are located within a publicly accessible area of the hospital, 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.

Artworks must be able to be installed for display on a picture rail system with d-rings attached and fit within the dimensions of the space.  Artworks must also meet safety standards and should not have any dangerous protrusions or sharp edges.

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

Application information

  • Exhibition proposals are sought from artists, curators and artist collectives to exhibit in the Commercial Galleries and Emerging Artist Galleries located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital during the 2019 exhibition program.
  • Applications should consider all artwork/exhibition requirements and the specified aims of the Centre for Creative Health Gallery Program.
  • 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.
  • Please include an artist CV that is no longer than two pages for and individual or four pages for a group.
  • Please note in your application if you will be unable to show your proposed exhibition at any time during February 2019 – January 2020.
  • If you have a preferred gallery space please specify the name of the gallery and provide a reason for your preference.  Please note the Gallery Coordinator will take preferences in to account, but will not guarantee allocation of your preferred gallery space if your application is successful.
  • If successful the applicant will be sent an exhibition information pack and artist agreement that must be signed and returned by the artist to the Gallery Coordinator by the specified date.
  • Applications close on September 24th
  • For any additional information please contact the Gallery Coordinator Fiona Borthwick fborthwick@creativehealth.org.au.

 

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

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