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Eye and Ear launches art collection

Over 70 patients, staff and community members recently attended The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital's art collection launch.

The Eye and Ear is looking to build a quality art collection for the newly redeveloped hospital to improve the patient journey, reduce anxiety, assist with healing and provide a welcoming environment. At the event the first five pieces in the hospital’s collections, all from local Indigenous artists, were unveiled.

Eye and Ear CEO Mark Petty says art will play an important role in the redeveloped hospital.

"The pieces chosen were carefully selected by Banmirra arts specifically to help provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our Indigenous patients," Mark says.

"This is a key component of our Aboriginal Health Strategy and the hospitals' ongoing commitment to Closing the Gap."

A great evening was held by all, Wurundjeri elder Uncle Bill Nicholson delivered the Welcome to Country, Corbett Lyon, Director of Lyons Architects, spoke about the design of the redeveloped hospital and in particular how art can impact on design. We heard from Mandy Nicholson, one of the artists, who spoke about the importance of art for the Aboriginal community and Jenni Gratton-Vaughan, who was the MC for the evening, explained the hospital's vision for art in the redeveloped hospital.

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