Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Beautiful artworks for wards

Beautiful artworks for wards

Gifts in kind are truly valued

A familiar Kiwi bush scene, a beach or a vibrant city scape can be the difference between despair and solace at times. We're infinitely grateful to the people who give in kind to the Well Foundation to make sure staff, patients and their families have meaningful works of art hanging on hospital walls.

Artworks brighten our hospitals and are often a talking point between patients and their family and friends.

North Shore and Waitakere hospitals' staff, patients and visitors are lucky enough to enjoy a sample of the best in New Zealand contemporary art, thanks to the generosity of The Wallace Arts Trust.

The James Wallace Arts Trust has been enlivening the wards and corridors for many years, since the former North Shore Hospital and West Auckland Health foundations elected to be part of the trust’s extensive art loan programme. The aim of the trust’s loan programme is to expose as wide a range of people to contemporary New Zealand art as possible.

James Wallace Arts Trust Curator / Logistics Coordinator Ben Abdale-Weir says it is an absolute pleasure being able to provide artworks for the health facilities of the North Shore and Waitemata districts.

“You can see a real change in the spaces once artworks from the collection are installed," he says.

“Fortunately, thanks to Sir James Wallace, the James Wallace Arts Trust is able to provide so many wonderful artworks to institutions such as the North Shore Hospital, ensuring they are warm and lively places for patients, visitors or staff alike,” Mr Abdale-Weir says.

“Our relationship with the Waitemata District Health Board is a definitive example of what the James Wallace Arts Trust is here to do: support New Zealand artists, by presenting collection artworks to the New Zealand public and to communities.’

Sir James Wallace began collecting New Zealand art in the mid-1960s, with a particular focus on the work of emerging artists. In 1992 he transferred his collection to a newly formed charitable trust, which he funded so that it could continue to add to the collection and provide support for the arts in New Zealand in general.

Community gives art… and time

As well as the beautiful Wallace Arts Trust works, Waitemata DHB also has an extensive collection of loaned and donated works from local families and artists that adorn its hospitals' walls.

On top of the kind loans and donations of the works themselves, Waitemata DHB is also grateful for the precious time of volunteers who are currently undertaking the intensive process of updating the catalogue of art that North Shore Hospital holds.

Once completed, the catalogue will help the hospital maximise its collection and assign the most appropriate works to the various departments.

Former art volunteer Michelle Maybury says there are plenty of really nice pieces around the hospital.

“We are helping so they can have quality art all around the hospital and it’s displayed in a way that’s most beneficial for staff and patients.”

Artworks help bring alive the hospital wards and corridors, and make them feel warmer and more welcoming for staff, patients, and their families.

Art volunteer Jan Aickin says art in hospitals has a real benefit for the people that use them.

“It’s nice to have colour in the hospital for people to look at and their minds can go elsewhere for a time.”

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