Art collection

The Royal Perth Hospital art collection is the largest hospital collection in Australia. More than 1000 paintings, drawings and wall-based sculptural works are on display throughout the hospital.

Royal Perth Hospital Art Committee member Dr Barry Walters said sensory stimulation was important for patients, and that art could play a positive role in healing.

Dr Walters said the artworks around the walls of our hospital provide patients and visitors with an opportunity to enjoy something of their surroundings – a pause in their hospital experience.

Among the most recognised pieces that make up the collection are works by:

  • Rupert Bunny
  • Sir Arthur Streeton
  • Norman Lindsay
  • Arthur Boyd
  • Kathleen O'Connor
  • Albert Namatjira
  • Charles Blackman
  • Jeffrey Smart
  • Howard Taylor
  • Robert Juniper
  • Guy Grey-Smith
  • Rover Thomas
  • Theo Koning
  • Ronnie Tjampatjimpa
  • Julie Dowling
  • Max Pam

Believing that the public should have the opportunity to engage with art outside of galleries and in their everyday lives, art collector Sir Claude Hotchin OBE established the collection in 1954.

By 1977, Sir Claude's belief in art as an important means of public communication saw the collection grow to over 500 works.

The Sir Claude Hotchin Art Collection has continued to grow over the years, thanks to numerous supporters, collectors, patients and artists who have continued to donate work.

The collection is an important public resource and the diversity of the works ensures that a variety of interests, opinions and tastes are represented.

For more information on donating artwork to the art collection and the Cultural Gifts Program, please contact the Art Curator.

Contact us

Art Curator: Lance Hyde
Address: Level 2 North Block, Wellington Street Campus
Phone: (08) 9224 2244