New Artworks Brighten Ward

Michelle Dixon and Amy McKay, Art Therapists at The Royal Children's Hospital, recently invited patients and families to create artworks to decorate two interview rooms on the Kookaburra ward in the Children's Cancer Centre.

The beautiful artworks have transformed the interview rooms, creating a brighter, more inviting and engaging space for staff, family members and visitors to relax and talk.

The Art Therapists encouraged adolescents to display their artwork; showcasing their individuality and self-expression through artmaking.

"The paintings themselves can become a project during admission allowing participants to share their experiences of treatment," said Michelle Dixon.

The Art Therapists hope this exciting new initiative will develop into a rotational exhibition space. 

"The possibilities for patients, parents and family members to have a public display of artwork is not only inspiring but a healthy outlet for creativity and expression within the hospital," said Michelle Dixon.

The Children's Cancer Foundation has provided more than $510,000 in funding to the Art Therapy service at The Royal Children's Hospital since July 2010. In April 2016, we extended our funding, allowing three extra days per week of individual and group art therapy sessions for children and adolescents under treatment.

Thank you to all the artists and family members involved in the project.


Bonnie captured her experience of cancer, intending to inspire hope for patients and their families throughout treatment...'You can do it!'


Abbey used ‘masking techniques’, creating lines and patterns with different size tape to leave sections of the canvas white, painting around the tape with different hues of purple and blue. On the top coat of the painting there is silver foil leaf to create a delicate contrast to the pattern.


Alex based around he RCH logo, further empathising the coloured pattern of leaves.


Brittney and her family completed several works based on the animal themed wards (Kookaburra, Kelpie, Koala and Sugar Glider) within the hospital.


Imojen explored themes of abstract art utilising line, shape and colour to reflect feelings and emotions. The painting was based on a segment of her quilt, using pastel colours “…because it is positive and uplifting”.
Artwork of patients and families at the Royal Children's Hospital