Art exhibition within a medical centre

Shane Shepherd (left), Jodie Taylor, Dr Trishul Darji, Dr Tarig Mahmoud and receptionist Sarah Gibson

It might seem odd to have an art exhibition within a medical centre, but for the doctors at Halekulani Medical Centre in Budgewoi, they believe it’s working well to provide a calmness and in a more spiritual and holistic way.

Several works of two local artists, Jodie Taylor and Shane Shepherd from Earth Sacred Arts, adorn the walls of the reception area, the hallways and consulting rooms.

Taylor and Shepherd specialise in creating Aboriginal dot paintings which depict the storylines of the local First Nations people.

“It’s so vibrant, and so colourful, and each painting has a story behind it,” says Practice Manager Sonia Ibanez.

“The exhibition has been a big hit among our patients, who are welcomed with an artistic gallery experience when they are unwell.

“After all, art is the medicine for the soul,” she said.

The idea of an exhibition popped up when COVID-19 hit to boost the morale of the patients and give a space for local artists to share and showcase their work.

“We have lined our walls with art to give more visibility to local artists,” Ibanez said.

The plan is to turn it into a seasonal and ever-evolving art space to showcase the talent of many local artists.

“The exhibition is ongoing for the next three months and we’re currently in the process of choosing our next local artist to showcase their art,” Ibanez said.

Harry Mulholland