Harvey Hospital Art To Provide A Unique Visual Stimulus For Patients

Harvey Hospital Art To Provide A Unique Visual Stimulus For Patients

Western Australia Minister for Health John Day

Harvey Hospital Art Connects History And Health

Victor P Taffa

  • More than $40,000 invested in public artwork at Harvey Health Service
  • Winning art team selected from three shortlisted submissions
  • Installation planned for late 2016

A team led by an award-winning Western Australian artist has been awarded the public art commission at the new Harvey Health Service, with a unique take on local history.

Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said more than $40,000 would be invested in artwork for the new facility under the State Government’s Percent for Art scheme.

“Using a number of porcelain tiles, the main work will show the connection between the irrigation system of the Harvey area and the human body’s circulation system.” Mr. Day said


“It will be positioned at the entry to the hospital, creating a unique visual stimulus for patients, staff and visitors.”

Margaret River-based Ian Dowling will work with fellow artists Carmel Warner and Matt Griffiths to create the artwork, which is currently in the design phase, with installation planned for late 2016.

The Minister said the $13 Million redevelopment of Harvey Health Service would improve the provision of local care in the growing South-West town.

“When complete, it will boast a new emergency department and treatment room and offer better community-based health services and improved outpatient facilities.” Mr. Day said.

“This is another example of the way Government policies are transforming healthcare delivery in regional and remote communities.”

The Percent for Art scheme contributes to the lives of West Australians by improving the built environment, creating engaging spaces for visitors and the community, and providing employment and income for local artists.

Fact File

  • The Harvey Health Service redevelopment is part of the State Government’s $7 Billion investment in building, expanding and refurbishing hospitals across WA
  • The Harvey Health Service redevelopment is on track for completion in 2017