Our Emergency Department has launched an exhibition of artworks created by its staff as well as of old items and photographs to show how the department evolved over the years.
The exhibits are presented in the display windows of the main hospital building for the enjoyment of staff, patients and visitors.
Director of St Vincent’s ED Andrew Walby came up with the idea and says it will hopefully be an annual event.
“We want to engage our staff in producing artworks that reflect the place they work, the people they work with, and the type of work they do,” Andrew says.
“In addition to that we’re displaying some objet d’art: old equipment and photographs of the Emergency Department in the past to give people an insight into the type of work that we do.”
Yenny Huber is a current Artist in Residence at St Vincent’s and had the task of assisting the ED staff to create artworks that reflect their individual experiences working in the department.
“I think they did an amazing job in executing some of their ideas in a very creative way and I think some of their works are outstanding… better than some of work that I have seen from professional artists.”
St Vincent’s ED is involved in an international program designed to assist developing countries in our region with emergency medicine – and a section of the exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the program.
There are exhibits that show how appreciative the medical staff in countries like PNG and Myanmar are of the training assistance they get from St Vincent’s, including a painting that was done by one of the doctors in Myanmar as a thank you present to our staff.
The exhibition will run until 16 November 2015.