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 Perth International Arts Festival, with insights into its visual arts program for 2017. First up is the opportunity to meet the new visual arts programmers, Anne Loxley and Felicity Fenner. Though both are based in Sydney, they see this in many ways as advantageous. The proximity to East Coast artists is one, and in this day of easy travel, it’s possible to be in Perth in a matter of hours.

Laetitia Wilson covers the thought-provoking work of Ghanaian-British artist and pioneering filmmaker John Akomfrah. The exhibition at John Curtin Gallery features his major film installations Vertigo Sea, previously shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale, and Auto da Fé, a recent work.

Jo Pickup spoke to virtual-reality pioneer Lynette Wallworth whose work Collisions will be on show at PICA as part of the Festival. The work brings to life the world of Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, whose first encounter with Western culture in the 1950s was witnessing atomic bomb testing at Maralinga.

Magic Mirror, by Robyn Stacey, is also part of the Festival. Stacey will turn the Perth cityscape upside-down via a walk-in camera obscura in a room in the Alex Hotel. Streetscapes and sky appear magically projected upside-down onto the walls and ceiling, in an experience akin to “being inside a camera.”

Graham Hay has issued a unique invitation to WA artists to be part of his work for the Venice Biennale this year - but with a deadline of 27 January, artists will need to act quickly to be involved.

Lastly, we review the book Two Sisters, quite possibly the first autobiography written in the Walmajarri language in Australia.

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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