Art trails

Art is a very important aspect of The Children's Hospital at Westmead's approach to healing.

The collection aims to offers patients and their families respite from the hospital environment and to diversify the clinical surroundings by instilling a sense of calm and distraction in otherwise stressful, noisy and busy spaces.

Artworks are selected to provide comfort, delight and interest to patients and families, many of whom spend long periods of time in the Hospital.

There are over 2,000 catalogued artworks on display featuring examples of painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and limited edition prints. A number of well-known modern and contemporary Australian artists are represented in the collection and there is also a strong representation of Aboriginal artists from across Australia.

Explore the gallery by our art trails

Operation Art

The Operation Art program is a way of involving young people in the special work of The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Each year students from years K-10 across NSW are encouraged to create an artwork for their peers in Hospital, to help brighten their day and uplift their spirits.

From an annual exhibition of over 700 artworks, 50 are chosen to go on a tour of regional galleries and are then hung in the Hospital as part of the permanent collection.

This program is an initiative of The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the New South Wales Department of Education and Training and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Youth Arts Program

The Youth Arts Program is a creative arts program for adolescents who are current patients of the Hospital. Activities include photography, video, ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting, creative writing, printmaking and craft.

Art groups are held as part of the Department of Adolescent Medicine Groupwork Program. Groups run from 2pm to 3.30pm on most weekdays. Individual and small group sessions are also held with an Arts worker.

The aim is to have fun, socialise with other adolescents, help create special spaces within the Hospital and take 'time out' from illness and get creative in a way that is valuable to wellbeing.