Acknowledging our First Nations communities is an integral part of The Royal Children’s Hospital’s 150th anniversary. To mark the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, the RCH Foundation has commissioned two permanent artworks created by Indigenous artists for the RCH.
Celebrate. Create. Connect: The RCH150 Aboriginal Art Project is a centrepiece project of RCH150 and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Mr Ken Harrison AM and Mrs Jill Harrison OAM.
Adelaide muralist, Elizabeth Close (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara) will collaborate with an emerging Wurundjeri artist, Samantha Roberts, to design and deliver a four-storey mural which will bookend the north and south façades of the hospital building.
“It is a project I, as an Anangu Indigenous woman, am proud to be a part of”, says Elizabeth.
“Aboriginal art signals to the wider community the importance placed on embedding Aboriginal perspectives within space activation; speaking more broadly to a commitment to inclusivity, and art that speaks to, and is reflective of, the community.”
A large sculptural piece will follow created by renowned Yamatji sculptor and installation artist, Robyne Latham. The sculpture will take up residence in the hospital’s Great Northern Court. Robyne is originally from Western Australia and has been based in Melbourne for over 30 years.
Robyne would like her work to impact the hospital in such a way that all people – staff and visitors alike – can recognise and celebrate the love we all have for our children.
“The project honours the resilience and determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and families who have fought the good fight, for the health of their children, during the rapidly changing world of the past 150 years.
“As a Yamatji woman and an artist, this project affords me the opportunity to create a large-scale bronze sculptural work, dedicated to the resilience and determination of all the trailblazers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous,” says Robyne.