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Students’ artistic talent celebrated at Mater Private Hospital Springfield

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Students’ artistic talent celebrated at Mater Private Hospital Springfield

Local school students will see their creativity come to life when Mater Private Hospital Springfield (MPHS) opens at the end of the year by taking part in an interactive community arts program.

Twenty Year 5 and 6 students from Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School at Springfield Lakes were the last group to take part in an artist workshop recently, facilitated by Ipswich artist Lee Fullarton. 

Lee will take inspiration from their concepts to create a unique piece of artwork for MPHS that the whole community will be able to admire.

Mater Springfield Director Fritha Mackay said as ‘community’ underpinned Mater’s values and approach to healthcare, it was important to include local children in the arts strategy for the new hospital so their creative inspiration and talents were appreciated by all Greater Springfield residents. 

“Several artists were chosen to initially engage with students and develop ideas around the concepts of ‘legacy’ and ‘identity’. This workshop will involve Lee working with the students further and have them experiment with different media to create individual artworks.

“The artists will then use these artworks as inspiration and weave the students’ concepts into their artwork that will take pride of place in stage one of Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

“We are looking forward to seeing the end result and unveiling the spectacular artworks when the hospital opens later in the year,” she said.

Over the past month, students have been working on their art concepts with the thought of health and wellbeing in mind. 

Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Principal Judith Anne Seery said Mater’s arts program was a unique concept for their students and had provided them invaluable, hands-on art education.

“The students involved have benefited greatly from this experience as it’s allowed them to explore their creativity and different art techniques while also considering how this relates to a healthcare environment. 

“Students are very excited that a permanent piece of artwork will be displayed at the hospital that’s been inspired by their creativity,” Ms Seery said.

A range of artworks will be displayed throughout stage one of MPHS which will complement the warm furnishings and décor, creating a calming space for patients and their families. 

Located at Springfield Central, the hospital will provide a range of medical and surgical services for inpatients and patients requiring day surgery procedures, as well as chemotherapy treatment supported by $21.4 million in Australian Government funding for a cancer care centre.

Mater has a master plan for the hospital precinct within Health City Springfield Central, which incorporates a number of expansion stages which will be rolled out to meet the demands of the region.

For more information on MPHS visit and click here to visit the new flythrough video of the hospital.

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