Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara artist Elizabeth Close and Wurundjeri/Dja Dja Wurrung artist Samantha Roberts have collaborated to create a four-story mural on the north facade of the hospital’s building at 48 Flemington Road.
TOGETHER is inspired by the connection to country, culture, community, place and space that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have, and the impact this has on individual wellness. These concepts are enmeshed within Indigenous personhood.
TOGETHER celebrates collaboration. The partnership between the artists behind this work reflects a whole-of-service relationship that underpins the care for every child and family at the RCH.
Yamatji artist Robyne Latham‘s burnished-bronze sculpture LEAF, has taken up residence in the Northern Court of the hospital, creating a space of cultural inclusion within the hospital gardens.
LEAF celebrates 150 years of the RCH and the ongoing care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. The patternation of the sculpture references the diversity of Australia’s First Nation cultures, through the vibrant circularity of the seasons, from the past to the future, while embracing the now.
LEAF is dedicated to those who have deeply listened to, and heard, each other.
In bringing the project to life, the RCH Foundation was guided by a dedicated committee of Indigenous leaders, co-chaired by Aunty Joy Murphy AO, Senior Wurundjeri Elder, and N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Senior Boonwurrung Elder.
The RCH and RCH Foundation acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are located and respect all Aboriginal Australians while honouring their cultural and spiritual relationships to the lands and waters. The RCH and RCH Foundation acknowledge the artists who committed their time, talent and connection to country in creating art that will leave a significant cultural legacy for our hospital and community.