Aug 24
Multi-faceted works of art

Visitors to the Orange Health Service General Hospital will notice a new collection of artworks in courtyards and gardens today, as part of the Cubism Art project run in partnership with the Orange Regional Arts Foundation and Bloomfield Mental Health facility.
The Orange Regional Arts Foundation provided funding to four local artists, who were commissioned through an Expression of Interest process in January to create a series of original designs. The successful artists are Maryn Hellmich, Heidi Lefebvre, Sally Watson, and Aileen Francis.
The lazer-cut stainless steel designs have been fixed to the existing cube structures, which were placed in various courtyards and gardens around the hospital by the original landscape architects. 
Chair of the Orange Regional Arts Foundation Fem Hawke, said the Cubism Artworks express the essence of the Orange region.
“The Orange Regional Arts Foundation saw this as a wonderful opportunity to partner with The Arts Events and Performance Working Party and to engage local artists in developing designs that encapsulate health and the natural environment of the Central West,” said Ms Hawke.
“It’s wonderful to see how our local artists have transformed the original cubes into unique and multifaceted artworks.”
Western NSW LHD Mental Health Drug and Alcohol, Health Promotion Coordinator, Meg Simpson, said art is essential in healthcare settings to support healthy bodies and minds.
“It is important for patients to be able to relax and heal in a hospital environment. Artwork can help to engage people’s minds and create a space for imagination,” said Ms Simpson.
“The Cubism Artworks will contribute to the aesthetic of the facility and broaden the understanding of the interconnectedness of art, health and wellbeing.

“We would like to thank everyone who has participated in this project, particularly the artists and the Orange Regional Arts Foundation. Without them, this project wouldn’t have been possible,” said Ms Simpson.

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation was established in 1984 to support and encourage activities in the arts and support projects that enhance the cultural life of the Orange community.