Patients take part in global space project

It’s not every day you receive a Skype call from a former NASA astronaut.

Thanks to the Space for Art Foundation, some of our long-term patients from Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and Bear Cottage had the chance to paint a section from an actual spacesuit while chatting to veteran astronaut and artist Nicole Stott about her adventures in space.

"The Space for Art Foundation is very excited about the Spacesuit Art Project going truly global with our Exploration art suit - our ambassador for Spaceship Earth. We are so happy to have Brendan, Lauren and Jamieson and Australia join our crew.  I really enjoyed "painting" with them via our video conference, chatting with them about the future, and can't wait to see their beautiful artwork combined with the other children's artwork from around the world." Nicole Stott, astronaut and artist.

Children from hospitals and hospices around the world are taking part in the Spacesuit Art Project, which sees sections of a spacesuit painted and then stitched back together to create an inspirational and colourful work of art.

These two carefully painted pieces of canvas from Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and Bear Cottage will make their way back to the USA forming part of a spacesuit called ‘Exploration’.