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ColourSpace is excited to announce that we are partnering with Liverpool Hospital on an exciting pilot program to bring local art to the Hospital in a way that both improves the healing environment, whilst also supporting local artists.

The primary mission of this Program is to create a more comfortable and calming atmosphere within the often-stressful environment of a hospital to provide a positive diversion for patients, visitors and staff. Critically, this Program is based on existing research from the WHO that demonstrates the impact of art on healing.

Furthermore, this Program is established in line with the South Western Sydney Health and Arts Strategic Plan 2018-23’s recommendation on connecting and involving the local community, as well as being a broader part of Liverpool Hospital’s redevelopment.

EXHIBITION PROGRAM UPDATE: 28 MAY 2020

The current round of submissions has closed. Thank you to all of the artists who have submitted works. We will now begin the process of reviewing and curating the submitted artworks to choose the artists and works for the first 3 month exhibition. Chosen artists will be contacted directly via email or phone call.

What happens if you haven’t been chosen? Or if you missed out on submitting your works for this round? Don’t fret - there are 3 more exhibitions to come. For artists who have submitted works, your artworks are still in our portfolio, meaning we might be earmarking them for future exhibitions. The program will re-open for submissions again in readiness for the second exhibition, so please continue to follow us on @colourspaceau or subscribe to our newsletter for future announcements.

About the Exhibition Program

The current wall in the ambulatory care (community Mh in Liverpool)

We are transforming the Ambulatory Ward into a gallery filled with local artwork that is changed every 3 months. Each exhibition will be curated around particular themes based on a combination of pre-approved suggestions from the hospital (see below), as well as depending on what works you submit to the Program.

For artists who may not be familiar with ColourSpace, our model is predicated on helping artists share works that you’ve already created with the world. This Exhibition is not about asking artists to commission and submit new works for us; it’s about giving you an opportunity to share more stories about the artwork that you’ve created. 

For artists, all of your artworks will be displayed for sale, and for those that don’t sell, you will receive royalties in line with ColourSpace’s standard operating procedures. In other words; we will be paying you to put your artworks on display.

For other questions on how ColourSpace works for artists, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What does the exhibition space look like?

There are three walls on which art will be displayed. Wall 1 is 5m in width, Wall 2 is 2.9m, and Wall 3 is 3m. All 3 walls have gallery rails installed.

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Entrance 5m IMG 9305

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How does it work for artists? Are there any fees?

For artists, the exhibition is completely free and there are no fees involved for artists whose works are chosen for display. ColourSpace will look after the installation, insurance, display, and promotion of your artwork, and all your works will be displayed for sale, with ColourSpace handling all sales enquiries with a flat commission rate of 25% (i.e. you receive 75%). The only catch is that any works on display will need to remain on display for the full period of the 3 month exhibition.

As this is a pilot program established in partnership with Liverpool Hospital, there will unfortunately not be any royalties offered for works chosen for this Exhibition Program. However, this is not our long term vision. Our goal with this pilot is to work closely with Liverpool Hospital and other stakeholders in our network to secure additional funding to support additional exhibition programs both at Liverpool Hospital, as well as other Hospitals around Australia. Should we be successful in this, our vision is to pay artists to exhibit your works.

Artist Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, you must be based in or around Sydney for at least half of the year, with artworks available for delivery or collection locally. There isn’t a hard perimeter per se (at minimum you have to be within NSW), however if you do live a little further afield, please note you will need to arrange for delivery of your works

Employees of Liverpool Hospital are eligible to be part of this program, and we welcome your submissions.

    For artists further afield, whilst we unfortunately can’t accept your applications at this stage, please do sign up to our newsletter or follow us @colourspaceau, as we will be looking to roll out this program to other hospitals around Australia in the future.

    Selection Criteria

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    In selecting the artworks, it is important to understand that the setting is first and foremost a hospital. As such, we must consider the medical and emotional sensitivities of our viewers.

    The physical criteria:

    • We are looking for visual artworks that can be hung on a wall, on a gallery hanging system. We unfortunately can’t accommodate free-standing sculptures or installations that require extensive installation on to the Hospital’s walls.
    • We cannot accept any works that are behind glass in the hospital setting.
    • Works that are bigger than 1.5m in height are unlikely to be able to fit! On the other hand, works that are smaller than 50sqcm may also be too small.
    • If you can smell it, we can’t accept it! So any new works - especially oil or spray paint - that are not fully dried or sealed will also be rejected.

    Thematically, we are open to:

    • A mixture of landscapes, waterscapes and botanicals of South West Sydney imagery
    • Figurative works that are inclusive of diverse cultures and non-denominational spirituality

    Naturally, overt sexual content, violence and nudity will not be considered. We will also avoid pieces that are confrontational, chaotic, obviously depressing or contain negative medical connotations. 

    Artwork will be assessed on the following factors:

    • Content and colour palettes that promote tranquility, healing, compassion, and wellness
    • It’s potential to revitalise and enrich patient, visitor and staff experiences
    • Reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with the healthcare setting
    • Creative works that include medical / health themes

    We also greatly appreciate the power of stories to connect people. We will thus also be considering your stories and inspirations behind the artwork(s) you submit.

    Exhibition Themes

    Each collection will be curated based on a particular theme, which will be confirmed in conjunction with both the Hospital and the selected artist(s) prior to the Exhibition. To provide you with inspiration, please consider the following themes / inspirations:

    Inner Peace Reflecting Beauty | Preserving Our Bushland | Healing Communities | Healthy Streets | Garden of Life | Healing Environments | Our Earth | The Art of Wellbeing | The Art of Belonging | The Art of Life

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      Timeframes

      1. Submissions open: Wednesday 06 May 2020
      2. Submissions close: 5pm, Wednesday 27 May 2020
      3. Artist(s) for first Exhibition announced: Friday 29 May 2020
      4. Exhibitions installed and artwork on display: Friday 12 June 2020 

      In the light of the current pandemic, please be aware that these dates may be subject to change. We will do our best to keep this page up to date, as well as through our social media.

      Click here to register and apply

      For all enquiries regarding the exhibition:

      [email protected]

      For all enquiries regarding the hospital:

      Miriam Cabello, South West Sydney Health and Arts Coordinator

      Develop Innovative Health and Arts Projects/Programs

      [email protected]