The Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection is the largest Hospital collection in Australia and covers more than 100 years of artistic practice. Click here to see more samples from the Art Collection.
Over 1000 paintings, drawings, and wall based sculptural works are displayed throughout the hospital on the Wellington Street and Shenton Park campuses.
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 and Jeffrey Smart, Howard Taylor, Robert Juniper, Guy Grey-Smith, Rover Thomas, Theo Koning, Ronnie Tjampatjimpa, Julie Dowling and Max Pam.
The collection was established in 1954 by art collector Sir Claude Hotchin OBE, who believed that the public should have the opportunity to engage with art in their everyday lives - outside usual art galleries.
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.
RPH Art Committee member Dr Barry Walters said sensory stimulation was important for patients, and that art could play a positive role in healing.
He said the art works around the walls of the Hospital provided patients and visitors an opportunity to enjoy something of their surroundings - a pause in their Hospital experience.
Self-guided art tours were developed in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection, and these will be resumed once building work on the main level of the Hospital is complete.
For further information on Artwork Donation to the Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection and information regarding the Cultural Gifts Program please contact the Art Curator.
Copyright of the art collection images is restricted. Reproduction is strictly prohibited.