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.


In this edition, we feature two exhibitions at the Art Gallery of WA which take visitors back to the time of early settlers. Continental Shift sees a unique pairing of nineteenth-century works from the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art, and the WA State Collection. The show reveals while artists were continents apart, their work was highly influenced by the same European approach to painting.

Unknown Land: Mapping and Imagining WA, also at AGWA, and a ticketed exhibition, provides an opportunity to revisit the world of early settlers to Western Australia in the early 1800s. Bound to be popular with all ages, AGWA’s entire collection of colonial watercolours is being shown for the first time since the late 1970s.

We talk to Robyn Varpins and Julie Podstolski on the eve of their joint exhibition devoted solely to depicting the geisha of Kyoto. Inspired by Podstolski’s obsession with depicting geisha for the past 13 years, Varpins has created figurative works in clay. The two provide a fascinating insight into the mysterious world of Japanese geisha.

A new section, Focus, with artist Michael Knight, aims to zero in on artwork currently on show. In this case, it’s the work of Theo Koning at Turner Galleries in Northbridge, with works influenced by his residency in Basel, Switzerland last year.

In art & food we visit the newly-opened Arthouse Dine at the Art Gallery of WA - a must on your next visit to the Gallery.

Lastly we review the film Francofonia, based on how the treasures of the Louvre were saved during World War ll.

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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