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 the fascinating genre of comic art as seen in Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art at the Art Gallery of WA. The show proves drawing is not a dying art, but is in the hands of these artists alive and well as a vehicle to convey personal experience. This is not the work of the slick comic artists fashioning superheroes, but beautifully-rendered work which speaks of the ironic, of the personal, of everyday life, and angst and loss.

Framed and in a gallery environment, the cartoons assume their place as contemporary art, with many working surprisingly well as stand-alone artworks, despite being conceived as part of a larger narrative in a graphic novel or zine. You can even buy your own piece of comic art for a relatively small price, as some artists in the show also supplied works for the gallery shop.

Video and publications are also included in the show, an exhibition bound to require more than one visit to do all 150 works on display justice.

We unveil the new Gallery 25 at Edith Cowan University, and a progressive intent to internationalise the ECU art collection, curriculum and campus, in keeping with the successful globalisation of the university. There’s also discussion of a major new gallery at ECU, with donors prepared to sponsor such a major development.

Our new section, art & food, lifts the lid on the little-known chefs within our art community, and the intriguing stories behind their favourite recipes. Fremantle-based artist Ian de Souza, exhibiting at Linton & Kay Galleries in June, is a great first choice. De Souza places art and cooking in the creative realm, and divulges a hobby - reading cookbooks. Who would have thought?

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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