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The Power of Art

Rebecca Cambrell

Diversional Artist Rebecca Cambrell creating colourful artworks at the RAH.

The artist in residence in Mental Health, Lou Gannon, working with the Occupational Therapist two afternoons a week has proved so successful that an expanded arts program is being organised for this year that will include the artist in residence and a musician.

The Centre of Creative Health was also successful in securing two artists through the SALA artist in residence programme. The artists, Jane Skeer and Lorry Wedding-Marchioro will create temporary sculptures for the ICU Courtyards, resulting from a request from ICU staff to brighten the courtyards so they were welcoming to patients. The artists will also create works for the OPD Eastern and Western Terrace Courtyards. They will be working both from their studios and on site from May onwards with work exhibited in August for SALA.

Artist Rebecca Cambrell, an experienced diversional artist, began work at the RAH in March. Rebecca’s role is to assist patient recovery by breaking the boredom of long-stay patients with art initiatives. Having worked extensively in Flinders Medical Centre, Rebecca is delighted to now be at the RAH as an empathetic and compassionate Creative Health worker.

“It’s a privilege to be able to help people, to be part of their hospital journey at such a vulnerable time and bring some relief through creativity,” Rebecca said.

Patients are raving about Rebecca and the arts program.

“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know if I wanted to be here anymore…you know…live. But this art stuff, I really look forward to it. it’s really relaxing. I just feel more relaxed now,” one patient said.

Planning for a longer term, multi layered artist in residence project, Medicinal Botanicals involving Flinders, WCH and RAH arts in health coordinators, pharmacy staff and other hospital departments is underway and further details will be available on our website as they are confirmed.