The Wesley Art Curators
If you've ever walked through The Wesley Hospital, it's hard to miss the impressive art collection displayed on the walls and it’s not there by accident.
The collection of mostly donated work has been carefully curated by our team of volunteers who take great pride in selecting and hanging artwork for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff alike.
A new collection of beach and holiday themed work by Sunshine Coast artist Tony Coles can now be seen outside the pre-admission clinic.
Volunteer Kathryn Prain explains the artwork was chosen purposefully as we come into summer with the theme, “A time to reset”.
"We have selected artwork which features tranquil beaches, beach goers relaxing on the sand and holiday scenery," Kathryn said.
"This has been such a busy year we are hoping people will remember to take some time over the Christmas break to pause, unwind and relax.
"We are encouraging people to reflect on what fills their cup and makes them happy. We are hoping people will pause to view the art in their travels around the hospital."
Volunteer Caroline McCormack explains the curation of art at the hospital has existed since the 90s as there is a strong connection between art and healing.
“We recognise the relationship between art and health and look for opportunities to develop and enhance our collection for the benefit of all,” Caroline said.
“Our work is focused on making the hospital a bright, vibrant and happy place to be. We feature all forms of artwork from Indigenous works, local artists, abstract and more – we want to get people talking about the art.”
Cancer patient Bill who has been in the hospital for over a week now said he started to notice the artwork on his early morning walks.
“I have been waking up early each morning and my doctor encouraged me to go for short and slow walks,” Bill said.
“I was intrigued by the artwork and the more I move around the hospital the more I have noticed, it has really brightened up my stay here.”