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.


A feast of stories awaits in this edition of the Artist’s Chronicle. First up is Here&No17: New Photography at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, where emerging curator Chelsea Hopper showcases outstanding, early-career artists working in Perth today. The show is not so much a photography exhibition, but an exhibition exploring new ways of thinking about photography. Both traditional and camera-less images feature, utilising iPhones, cyanotypes, or blueprints to create images, as well as ‘photos’ captured and distilled from memory.

The Spaces Between Us at Gallery 25 at Edith Cowan University is not an easy exhibition to cover, as it explores the subject of girls and women who committed infanticide during colonial times. The show nonetheless exposes a dark past in WA, little known to most, interpreted in a most respectful manner by the artists involved.

Laetitia Wilson visits Art Collective WA at its new home in Cathedral Square in Perth. Its first exhibition in the new space is by co-founder and Chair of the Collective Merrick Belyea, whose strong works focus on environmental destruction.

We visited the new incarnation of MANY in Fremantle, (a retail outlet previously based in the old Myer building) an initiative by Spacemarket who match unused buildings with artists and boutique retailers who need space. A new gallery at MANY, Smart Casual, is a welcome addition in Perth after many galleries and artist-run spaces have closed in recent years.

We have two book reviews. Minefield, published by A + A publishing explores a 1973 artwork of the same title by WA-based Tim Burns. Laetitia Wilson reviews Martin Sharp, his Life and Times by Joyce Morgan, an exploration of the colourful life of the artist who made an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of his era.

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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