Our exhibition program brings life to the walls of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital.
Creating a healing environment to improve the experience of healthcare
The CCH Exhibition Program was established to assist in a holistic approach to healthcare, with a primary objective to create a healing environment and improve the experience of healthcare and patient outcomes, reduce anxiety and stress and create a positive impact on the wellbeing of patients, their loved ones, healthcare staff and hospital volunteers.
Established in 2017 with the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Centre for Creative Health (CCH) Exhibition Program now includes of a range of exhibition spaces across Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN). CCH Galleries are currently located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Specialist Ambulatory Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC), Modbury Hospital. In 2022 the CCH Exhibition Program plans to expand to Modbury Hospital and the Repat Health Precinct.
Led by curatorial best practice and showcasing ever-changing exhibitions, the CCH Exhibition Program aims to promote the place of arts within a hospital setting, deliver experiences of visual excellence and value, and provide a forum where established, mid-career and emerging artists can engage with new audiences.
The majority of artwork on display in the CCH Galleries is available for sale, with 75% of the sale price going directly to the artist and 25% going back to CCH to assist with the continued delivery of the Exhibition Program.
Where possible the Exhibition Program will actively participate and partner with festivals and events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival and Tarnanthi as well as connect with important community initiatives including Mental Health Week, Harmony Day, Reconciliation Week and World Kidney Day.
CCH invites artists to submit exhibition proposals during an annual call out held in August-September each year. Information on how to apply will be available during the application period. For the most up-to-date information on exhibition opportunities please follow CCH social media pages.
“Thank you to Fiona and all at the Centre for Creative Health for giving all who work in and visit the Royal Adelaide Hospital the opportunity to enjoy all of the wonderful art works displayed here.
Art is an amazing positive distraction for all to immerse ourselves in as we go about our day.”
The three galleries known as CCH Commercial Galleries are positioned along the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Outpatient (OPD) corridor in its three main areas 3E, 3F and 3G. Named Margaret Preston Gallery, Sir Ivor Hele Gallery and Bessie Davidson Gallery after prominent South Australian artists, each with an individual connection to hospitals or heath care, these galleries are located opposite waiting areas where over 400 000 patients present for Outpatient appointments each year. Exhibitions in the CCH Commercial Galleries are changed regularly and showcase artwork by mid-career and established artists.
Melanie Crawford, Home, 2019, installation view, Margaret Preston Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
The CCH Emerging Artist Galleries are located on the level 3 main public concourse of The Royal Adelaide Hospital, opposite the E and F lifts. A busy public thoroughfare facilitating access to hospital wards, nearby cafés and retail outlets. Named Gallery E and Gallery F due to their location within the hospital, these galleries showcase artwork by artists in the first 10 years of their artistic career.
Charlie Taplin, Molecule, 2019, installation view, Emerging Artist Galleries, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Installed in 2018, the CCH Community Galleries are situated between the hospital’s North Terrace entrance and main public dining area. These galleries are named Gallery North and Galley South due to their location within the hospital.
Exhibitions displayed in the CCH Community Galleries are predominantly community and hospital focused with the intention of showcasing artwork from community groups, patients and artists engaging with community focused themes such as Reconciliation Week, Mental Health Week, Harmony Day and World Kidney Day. Where possible the gallery program will actively partner with hospital units and staff to present exhibitions that resonate with the hospital community.
CALHN Heritage Collection, Nurses, 2019, installation view, Community Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Located on Level 1 in a public thoroughfare near the main entrance to the hospital, the CCH Gallery at Lyell McEwin Hospital was established in 2019 and strives to present artworks reflecting the creative vitality and diversity of contemporary Australian artists in all stages of their careers; established, mid-career and emerging.
Rosina Possingham and Brianna Speight, Zinc, 2020, installation view, CCH Gallery at Lyell McEwin Hospital.
CCH Gallery at Specialist Ambulatory Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC), Modbury Hospital was established in 2021. This gallery aims to present exhibitions featuring artists in all stages of their careers and showcase the creative vitality and diversity of contemporary Australian art.
Karin Foxwell, Human Healing Environs, 2021, installation view, CCH Gallery at SpARC, Modbury Hospital
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Established in 2021, CCH Gallery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) is located just inside the main entrance to the Tower Building. This gallery aims to present exhibitions featuring artists in all stages of their careers and showcase the creative vitality and diversity of contemporary Australian art.
CCH Creative Arts Therapists & Art Tutor, Refocusing the Gaze: Considering the patient experience through the Creative Arts, 2021, installation view, CCH Gallery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Video and Moving Image
The CCH Video and Moving Image Program exists solely in the digital space. Viewed via the CCH website, this recent addition to the CCH Exhibition Program showcases artists working in the medium of Video and Moving Image Art. With the ability to reach an audience at the bedside or in the waiting room, this program aims to further improve the quality and experience of healthcare by providing accessible and engaging experiences for everyone in the hospital and CCH communities.
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