Makers: The Artists, their work, their lives
Episode 1

Features artists with works in the St John of God Murdoch Hospital Art Collection. In this Episode: From his cluttered studio at the University of Western Australia, to the unusual home he built in the Perth Hills, Hans Arkeveld talks about his work in the collection, emigrating from Holland as a child, and his father being forced to work for the Gestapo.

Created by the Artist’s Chronicle for St John of God Murdoch Hospital.


This edition we feature New York-based, Perth artist Ian Strange in the world premiere of his latest work at Fremantle Arts Centre. Strange’s previous projects - such as covering an entire building with wallpaper - are massive undertakings requiring teams of people with skills such as lighting, photography and filmmaking. For his FAC show, ISLAND, Strange targeted three foreclosed houses in Ohio’s Rust Belt, a region still suffering the ongoing effects of the GFC. In giant lettering across the empty homes, he emblazoned SOS, RUN and HELP, challenging the view of the home as a place of stability and security.

We visited the National Gallery of Victoria earlier this year to catch the exhibition Bill Henson, also showing at the Art Gallery of WA this September. Henson’s masterfully-controlled photography utilises a cool palette to evoke intrigue and mystery in works heavily bathed in darkness.

Laetitia Wilson visited Turner Galleries in Northbridge to view the exhibition The Continual Condition, by Sydney-based Perth artist Brendan Van Hek, who employed neon and glass to respond to the poetry of Charles Bukowski.

We report on the Royal Academy of Arts 250th anniversary next year. Celebrations include the exhibition Charles l: King and Collector, bringing together highlights of the king’s once-extensive collection, mostly sold and given away by Oliver Cromwell after Charles l was executed in 1649.

Lastly, we present the first of a four-part series by Jo Pickup reporting on a diversity of public art projects in Western Australia with temporary, rather than permanent intentions. Part one in this edition features the projects of the Perth Public Art Foundation.

Lyn DiCiero

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Art to to hit hospital’s small screens

The Artist’s Chronicle is pleased to announce a partnership with St John of God Murdoch Hospital bringing art directly to patients’ rooms though the first television channel for patients within a hospital in Western Australia.

A cornerstone of the project is Makers: the artists, their work, their lives, a series of 30 minute programs created by the Artist’s Chronicle bringing to life artworks within the SJGMH art collection. The score for the series has been created by Audio Chemistry in Melbourne.

The project has been approved by the Documentary Australia Foundation, and builds on scientific studies around the world finding art heals by changing a person’s physiology from stress to deep relaxation, changing brain wave patterns, affecting the nervous system, hormonal balance and brain neurotransmitters.

The Artist’s Chronicle has worked closely with SJGMH Arts Manager Connie Petrillo to bring the project to fruition. By conducting research into the effects of the Makers series on patients we hope to put forward strong evidence for changes in the manner patients currently receive visual care to key organisations such as the Australia Council on Healthcare Standards.

Artists such as Hans Arkeveld, Tony Jones, Janis Nedela, Jillian Green and photographer Frances Andrijich will feature in the series.

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