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‘Printed Company’ – Sally O’Connor, Georgia Cheesman and Lesley Gould

Georgia Cheesman

Georgia Cheesman is a South Australian Lino print artist, creating and exhibiting lino prints for the past decade. Georgia is known for her highly detailed lino prints of everyday scenes; lived-in, real-life residential interiors and overgrown, lush botanical compositions are dominant subjects in her work.

Georgia has exhibited in several solo and group shows in South Australia and her prints are stocked in retail/gallery spaces in Adelaide.

In the mid 1990s Georgia completed an Advanced Diploma in Applied and Visual Art at North Adelaide School of Art. After a long hiatus from art making whilst working in the field of Visual Merchandising, Georgia took up printmaking classes in 2009 at Ruth Tuck Art School under renowned South Australian lino print artist Christine McCarthy. There she discovered a natural affinity for the medium of lino printing; the action of carving was surprisingly therapeutic and the effectiveness of printing hugely satisfying.

Georgia’s current series of lino prints focuses on layers within the natural and material worlds around her as a metaphor for deeply personal reflections on emotional experiences. Her lino prints depict the aesthetic beauty in everyday life;a still life, a garden, a sun-drenched interior. Within the multiple layers of detail are personal references to loss, depression, resilience, courage and hope.

Georgia now teaches the same printmaking classes at Ruth Tuck Art School she attended as a student. She gains immense satisfaction from seeing her students skills develop as they experiment with different techniques and the thrill of watching them print for the first time.

Arts in Health Statement:
Georgia’s recent series of lino prints is an examination of her surrounding layers; the layers of life imprinted with memory and emotion. For Georgia, the possibility that when engaging with her lino prints a passer-by may resonate with those layers, get lost in the detail or be mentally transported elsewhere is incredibly rewarding. The escapism is therapeutic; the benefit being the distraction from present worries; being led to new thoughts and ideas and even someplace better.

Sally O’Connor

Sally is an observational artist living in the Limestone Coast who is inspired by the natural beauty of her everyday surroundings. Sally was raised on a farm outside Meningie which sparked her insatiable interest in the patterns and rhythms of nature.

Sally’s work continues to evolve through her experimental approach. While Sally was initially introduced to the world of drypoint print, she’s more recently enjoyed working with different wood to create interesting effects; resulting in Japanese Woodblock as her favourite medium, in particular, Huon Pine. Strong Asian influences are evident in her use of Asian and Japanese symbols. Sally has dedicated one series of images to Hong Kong, her favourite destination, to visit her daughter.

This series is a reflection of Sally’s studies of migratory shorebirds and their habitat, market produce and tumbleweeds.

Arts and Health Statement:
I believe in Art Therapy for both the patients and the visitors. I have selected pieces with calm and restful colours, but also with some interest to provoke thought and consideration of concepts outside the hospital environment, to transport the viewer to another realm.

Lesley Gould

My childhood spent on King Island created a fascination for amazingly and diverse birdlife. I was introduced to wonderful seascapes and rocky coastlines, and I think this is when my interest in creating images began.

After retirement I moved to a rural property in Tasmania. The coastal scenery, prolific wildlife and birdlife inspired me to paint and draw again.

I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in painting) at the University of Tasmania (Utas) in 2014. I became interested in printmaking after completing a semester in this medium and joined a Printmaking collective in 2015.

On returning to Adelaide in 2018 I joined the Port Community Art Centre and The Red House Group and a Printmaking Collective.

I have joined the Pastel Artists of South Australia and work on the committee of this organisation and participate in the exhibitions they organise.

I was awarded a certificate of merit for one of my printmaking exhibits in the Black Diamond Gallery in Port Adelaide and was a finalist for a Monotype (Printmaking) exhibit in the Solar Art Prize 2019, conducted by Royal South Australian Society of Arts.

Arts in Health Statement:
I worked for 16 years in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I have very fond memories of my time there.My nursing career lasted for 47 years and in that time I learnt to appreciate the benefits to staff and patients being surrounded by appropriate works of art.Studies show a direct link between content of images and the brains reaction to pain, stress and anxiety.

Georgia Cheesman, Afternoon Sun, Day Terrace, Linoprint- Oil based ink on Stonehenge 100% cotton acid free archival paper-245gsm, Limited edition of 15, Print 41 x 34.5 cm, paper 70 x 50 cm, 2019


Sally O’Conner, Blue Lake 1, Dry Point Monoprint on Fabriano Rosapina 220gsm, mounted single matte, 44 x 32cm, 2017


Lesley Gould, Scarlet Robin, Linocut Print (hand coloured), 27cms X 24cms
, 2019

‘At my peace’ – Kenneth Dang-iw

Kenneth Dang-iw (Ken Gicana)

A nurse with a strong passion for the arts. Many of us when we were in our early years of childhood, are encouraged to dream and aim for what we want, but eventually we get caught up in a rat race and I, instead of painting on a canvas, picked up a pen and wrote on a nurses’ chart. but over my career I couldn’t let go of picking up a paintbrush, then realised maybe I can love both.

So, “at my peace…”

I want my audience to feel how I feel. My goal is to reach out to those that have a keen interest in art and at the same time would like to explore a different field outside of it. I believe that dreams need not be sacrificed if one has the will and the passion to pursue them no matter what.

Arts in Health Statement:
“I like bringing out the emotions of my audience through my paintings and I hope I can make them see a different perspective. My paintings have more spaces and not too detailed, allowing my audience to fill up the gaps and let their imagination and understanding work on the missing piece.”

Kenneth Dang-iw, Over the Hills, oil on canvas, 152 cm x 51 cm


Kenneth Dang-iw, Fish on Hand, Oil on Canvas, 75 cm x 100 cm

‘Bush Works’ – Marek Herburt

Marek Herburt was born in 1954 in Lodz, Poland. When he was 15 years old Marek attended secondary Art School where he had a fascination with Polish and French Impressionists. His desire for further education in the arts led him to the Academy of Art in Lodz in 1975. At this time, he was totally fascinated with light and its influence over colours and forms. Through experimentation with watercolour, Marek was primarily interested in very colourful abstracted landscapes. Over the years this work has remained his central artistic pursuit. In 1994 Marek returned to Poland for 12 months and started to work ‘plein air’, continuing to abstract the landscape but working with oil on smaller canvasses, spending time thinking deeply and about each application of colour.

On his return to Australia in 1995 Marek completed a large body of representational religious narrative images using local people as models. Abstraction however was still strong and continues to be a recurring impetus to his creative life. Permeating his artistic pursuit is the ongoing fascination with light and the effect it has on colour and form. His work increasingly reflects and awareness of the Australian light on the environment. Here, colours are interacting with each other and the interactions in the spaces between forms are as important as the forms themselves. Charming in dynamic design and with a variety of colours depending on the time of the day or season, Eucalyptus trees have become central themes in many of his paintings.

Arts in Health Statement:
“My recent works demonstrate a deep fascination and connection with Australian flora and landscape. I hope the life and beauty that this landscape evokes for me will generate similar feelings of resilience and wellbeing for workers, patrons and visitors to Health Centres.”

Marek Herburt, Dry Pond, acrylic on canvas, 106cm x 146cm


Marek Herburt, 40 degrees of Silence, acrylic on canvas, 116cm x 186cm

‘Kiss it Better’ – Christina Peek

Artist Bio

Christina Peek is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Peek graduated from the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2016 with Honours.

Peek’s practice explores the juxtaposition between romantic narratives and lived experience. her works often manifest ideas of romance in sincere yet futile gestures, becoming talismans, which summon romantic love to her. Peek’s works stem from personal experience, creating pieces that are simultaneously individual and universal.

Her most recent works examine the tropes of Mills & Boon novels, specifically their Medical series. Peek is interested in the contrast between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the fictitious medicine of Mills & Boon. By collating and comparing quotes about the heart across multiple novels in the medical series, a traumatic and contradictory trajectory to finding romantic love is revealed. The characters’ hearts open and close, shatter and heal, tear apart only to later beat as one. Peek’s works are reminiscent of heart-shaped balloons in the hospital gift shop, lipstick coloured with heartfelt messages. Some hearts are whole; others are bisected, each segment containing a different Mills & Boon quote. One heart questions ‘can love sickness really exist?’ The medical professionals in Mills & Boon novels know the only cure is to kiss it better.

Arts in Health Statement:
Christina Peek’s most recent works examine the tropes of Mills & Boon novels, specifically their Medical series. Peek is interested in the contrast between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the fictitious medicine of Mills & Boon.

Christina peek, The kiss list, 2015, lipstick, cotton thread, linen, dimensions variable, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art


Christina Peek, Killing Time, 2016, Crimson Joy and Kiss, Kiss, Bang lipstick kisses on paper, 150cm x 200 cm, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art

Harmony Day

Artwork by the Stepping Stone RAH Childcare & Early Development Centre (ages 3-4)

Harmony Day symbolises and celebrates belongingness, diversity, community, inclusiveness and respect for all Australians.

This year, the Centre for Creative Health celebrates Harmony Day with an exhibition of artwork by children at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Stepping Stone Childcare & Early Development Centre.

These talented young artists have each created artworks expressing what Harmony Day means to them.

‘Harmony means to me the shops for ice-cream with mum and daddy.’ – Noah


‘Harmony means to me Orange. Mummy. Isaac and me.’ – Amber


‘Back to my Childhood’, Salvador Loreto

I am a Spanish gypsy, born in Spain in 1942.  A former bullfighter, I gave this away after being badly gored by a bull at the age of 15 years. I then turned to painting and flamenco singing but it was painting that became my greatest love and passion.

On my arrival in Australia in 1966, to escape the discrimination of gypsies under Franco’s regime, I discovered a new landscape and people and a freedom of expression, which I gladly embraced. This stimulated my approach to painting for the years that followed.

In Adelaide, one of the highlights of my career was to twice have the privilege of painting the portrait of the late Don Dunstan, former Premier of South Australia. These paintings now have great historical significance in South Australia.

Many artists have a need to re-discover that innocent and carefree time of childhood and make it part of their work.  In this series of boats, I have attempted to paint with the simplicity of a child. These paintings have been specifically selected as happy works of art to provide a distraction and put a smile on the faces of patients, their families and staff and to give pleasure to everyone.

As a community I strongly believe we need to care for our sick and this is my way of contributing, through my art, to their wellbeing at a time when they are weak and vulnerable.

Collections of my work can be found in private collections in Australia, Paris, Switzerland, Nagoya-Japan and Spain.

Salvador Loreto, ‘Grandpa’s Boat’, mixed medium on canvas, 1 x 1m


Salvador Loreto, The Yellow Submarine, acrylic on canvas, 1 x 1m


Salvador Loreto with ‘The Opera Houseboat’, acrylic on canvas, 1 x 1m


‘Joy of Art’, Lyn Lovegrove Niemz

I am Ngarrindjeri-Wirangu woman and have strong links with my family and culture. My father Albert Lovegrove was born at Raukkan in 1923, then known as Point McLeay Mission. My Grandfather Frank Buckskin Lovegrove was born at Streaky Bay, a Wirangu Man. My Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother Louisa Karpany, also known as Queen Louisa, all strong Ngarrindjeri women.

I enjoy painting, pottery, traditional weaving and silk painting. I have exhibited my work in more than 18 exhibitions, enjoyed awards and undertaken many commissions.

My past work as an Family Preservation Foster Care Aboriginal Cultural Consultant and with the Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Program also teaching traditional art and culture at schools and kindergartens.

My cultural history is very important to me. I try not to get too involved with the politics of our past but we mustn’t forget what our old people went through so we can appreciate the life we have now. Our past is part of our future and my art includes an element of culture.

My art is a form of meditation, a healing place, a place of peaceful solitude and comfort. The joy of being creative where time stands still.

I believe in the therapeutic benefits of making art for me the healing power of being creative when faced with trauma in my life. Times are changing where aboriginal people are not afraid to seek medical care.

I am grateful for the opportunity to exhibit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital where my young grandson has been a patient on several occasions with chronic asthma, a place where he and his family felt safe in their care. My brother who currently has cancer is being treated in the cancer ward, also sings the praises of the friendly hospital staff.

Lyn Lovegrove Niemz, ‘Lilly Pads Down Under’, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm


Lyn Lovegrove Niemz, ‘1 Brolga Spirit’, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm


Lyn Lovegrove Niemz, ‘Land and Water’, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 cm

‘QT (Quiet Time)’, performance by Ashton Malcolm, Josephine Were and Stephen Sheehan

Session times:
4 March 2020, 9am -12pm
5 March 2020, 12pm-3pm

Supported by the City of Adelaide and created by performance makers Ashton Malcolm and Josephine Were specifically for the Centre for Creative Health and the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), ‘QT (Quiet Time)’ will be the first interactive performance of its kind to be presented at the RAH.

Visitors, staff and patients of the hospital will be invited to engage with the artists and take a moment out of their day to enjoy some QT (Quiet Time).

Fun, wellbeing and unexpected delight underpin each performance and interaction which will take place in a relaxed atmosphere where the audience is welcome to come and go throughout each session.

Ashton Malcolm

Ashton Malcolm is an actor and theatremaker. Most recently she appeared in The Wolvesat new artist-led venue Rumpus, and toured to Seoul with Restless Dance show Intimate Space. Later this year she will feature in Euphoria, a co-production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Country Arts SA.

Josephine Were

Josephine Were is a performer and theatre-maker from South Australia.

Most recently Josephine collaborated on site specific work Move Along (Singapore Design Week, 2019), performed in Meg Wilson’s SQUASH! (FOLA, 2018) and was assist director to Michelle Ryan in creating Intimate Space (Adelaide Festival, 2017) which has been touring nationally and internationally since.

As a child I spent many a night in hospital and was soothed and transported by the games, puzzles and creative adventures I conducted from the quiet of my bed. Creating QT has been an opportunity to examine this patient experience and widen the lens to also encapsulate our hospital’s visitors and staff.

Stephen Sheehan

Stephen Sheehan is an actor, comedian and director.  Recent credits include the State Theatre production End of the Rainbow as part of last year’s Cabaret Festival.  He is also the creator of small scale comedic theatre works including Stevl and his Translator Fatima and The Ambient Comedian.

‘QT (Quiet Time)’, image courtesy of the artists


Artworks are for sale.

Please contact Fiona Borthwick for more information.

08 7074 1439