About Us

The Visual Arts Committees major aim is to maintain the LGH Art Collection and manage the ARTrium Gallery. It remains our goal to use works of art to help improve the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors to the Launceston General Hospital.

The Visual Arts Committee is a strong advocate of the ‘ Arts in Health’ program. Like architecture the interior design, the art work we have around us can significantly influence the way we feel on a day to day basis. Whilst art is not central to the function of healthcare there are many benefits which art can bring to a hospital environment. This has become very evident in the ARTrium Gallery where patients exercise on a daily basis surrounded by works of art. Exhibitions are mounted every 4-5 weeks by local Tasmanian artists.

Research into the design of hospitals and the effect of the environment on patients and staff demonstrates that our surroundings have a clear impact on the effectiveness with which treatment and care is both delivered and received. In addition to these positive outcomes , carefully selected artworks can have a mediating effect between the individual and the institution, helping to make staff more aware of their surroundings and providing a more comfortable and less threatening environment for patients.

Objectives:

  • To encourage the development of a formal ongoing visual Arts presence in all sections of the Hospital
  • To create a stimulating Arts environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • To forge links between the Hospital and the community
  • To provide a unique Arts space for ongoing exhibitions
  • To encourage the interaction between artist, patients and staff as an integral part of the healing the environment
  • The Committee pursues a self funding Arts Programme on the basis of funds from public and art funding bodies, sponsorship, donations, fund-raising and commissions. As part of this programme, the Committee will at times acquire works of art according to the following guidelines:

(a) Collecting will be undertaken in the interests of the patients, staff and visitors at the hospital

(b) The Hospital will acquire legal and valid title to the work

(c) Works acquired will be of a high standard by Australian and International artists who have a proven record of exhibitions and/or commissions

(d) Work acquired will be in a range of mediums including paintings, drawing, photography, sculpture and printmaking

(e) Responsible for the preparation for the catalogue of present artwork held by the Launceston General Hospital

(f) Responsible for the curatorship of LGH artwork collections through professional experts

  • The Visual Arts Committee maintains catalogues and curates the visual arts collection. The collection represents one of Tasmania’s finest collections of contemporary art, including works by Lloyd Rees, Robert Ikin, Ray Arnold and Tom Samek. It co-operates with the Historical Committee to assist achievement of each Committee’s objectives
  • The Hospital Executive is advised by the Committee on visual decoration, particularly of public areas. Departmental managers are encouraged to make use of the Committee for developing the environment in individual departments.