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Outside In is an annual program of vibrant and engaging visual art exhibitions that transform our hospital environments across both St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside.
Outside In aims to provide hospital patients with a connection to the outside world and gives artists the opportunity to show their work in a unique way to a wide audience, positively influencing patient outcomes.
Outside In is part of the Arts in Health Program at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, which aims to provide patients, their family members and our staff with encounters with the arts that enhance the environment and support their spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being, in line with the Hospital’s Mission and values. These encounters seek to motivate, inspire, orientate and provide diversion, capitalising on the unique capacity of the arts to deeply impact the human experience.
We are currently accepting proposals for 2021-2022 exhibitions and invite your expression of interest.
We are looking for artworks that provide our patients with a connection to the outside world that will stimulate encounters with people, places and experiences beyond the hospital itself. Artworks that provide opportunities for positive reflection and contemplation, engage memory and recognition, inspiration and motivation.
Artworks are displayed in the main foyers, public corridors and wards of both hospitals. Exhibition spaces in the hospitals are allocated based on proposed number of artworks in an exhibition, artwork dimensions and subject/content. Exhibitions are typically displayed for a duration of six months. Our Arts in Health Program Coordinator will arrange suitable exhibition timing with each artist individually.
Artists should note that exhibiting within a hospital environment is very different to exhibiting within an art gallery. Artworks may be placed alongside hospital signage and equipment that can be quite visually ‘busy’. Our experience is that this does not detract from the artworks. In fact, the artworks become more valuable because they bring beauty, interest and feeling of ‘home’ to individuals in an otherwise clinical space.
Our Arts in Health Committee is guided by the following selection criteria when reviewing all proposals: