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Niomi Sands, Director, Grafton Regional Gallery, Tara Chambers, Change Manager Grafton Ambulatory Care Centre Project

Gallery collection on show at Grafton Base Hospital

The Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Artworks from the Gallery collection have been selected and will be displayed in the newly completed Ambulatory Care Centre at Grafton Base Hospital. Artworks will be changed annually with hospital staff, visitors and patients having the opportunity to enjoy the collection works.

The Grafton Regional Gallery is a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council, supported by Arts NSW and other funding bodies. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 1300 works which is steadily growing through an active acquisition policy. Gallery Director, Niomi Sands said, “The Gallery collection is a community asset and one which we aim to make accessible in many different ways.”

The first installation features artworks from local Aboriginal artists and celebrates the Traditional Custodians of the Clarence Valley with works from Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl artists. “We are delighted to showcase our local Aboriginal artists with this new initiative and bring a part of the Gallery to this exciting new development for the Clarence Valley” Sands said.

Visitors to the hospital will be able to enjoy the artworks positioned throughout the new Ambulatory Care Centre, improving the patient experience for people receiving treatment or attending appointments.

Dan Madden, General Manager, Clarence Health Service, said the partnership with the Grafton Regional Gallery would be a benefit to patients, visitors and staff.

“Having locally-made artworks adorning the walls will help people to feel connected to their community, as well as providing a point of reflection,” Mr Madden said.


Niomi Sands, Director, Grafton Regional Gallery, Dan Madden, General Manager Clarence Health Service, Jodie Coffey Administration Support Grafton Ambulatory Care Centre Project pictured in front of artworks (L-R): Waterfall Way, Nudge Blacklock, 2012, print and Dunghutti Culture, Barry Ridgeway, 2005
Acrylic on board. Both artworks courtesy Grafton Regional Gallery Collection.