Royal North Shore Hospital

Royal North Shore Hospital Arts and Heritage Program

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) is a public hospital and is part of the Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health. The hospital and its associated health services meet the health needs of four local government areas; Mosman, Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney Councils.

In 2011, RNS Redevelopment commissioned an arts and heritage plan, developed by Health and Arts Research Centre Inc. (HARC) in collaboration with staff, patients, visitors and local communities. HARC has implemented the public art and heritage program for the Community Health Centre, Acute Services Building and the new Clinical Services Building

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"Water, Earth, Air and Fire"

by Bronwyn Bancroft Glass 2012
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Visit Bancrofts Web Site for more of her Art Work
Commissioned by HARC

Atrium Acute Services Building

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Heritage Wall

with still life photographs of hospital’s heritage collection by Robyn Stacey in collaboration with heritage volunteers Commissioned by HARC

Atrium Acute Services Building

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In 2012 the hospital engaged HARC to establish an on going Arts and Heritage Program. The program runs the RNSH Galleries on levels 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. The works are for sale and artists donate 25% of the sales to the program



Tiny Sapphire Paradise

Watercolour, black gouache wax oil crayon
on Arches Paper
by Fabia Tory

Tory's exhibition was successful and she sold 7 works

Works for the Clinical Service Building
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"Seedpod Mobiles"
and "Forrest Wall"
Sculpture and wall graphic by Jade Oakley.

Commissioned for the building by HARC

The Atrium of the Clinical Service Building L 2

The on going program is also responsible for the development of new projects that respond to staff and patient needs. Current projects include:
Public Art for

  • Switch board room - a windowless room that attends calls 24 hours/ 7 days week.
  • Radiotherapy rooms, at the Cancer Centre
  • Cancer Centre courtyard
Living Heritage
  • Artwork and exhibition “Clean Hands Save Lives” with images of the work
  • Digitising and organising the heritage collection including the Nurses’ Archives
  • Mentorship of heritage volunteers (image of Stephany Bayly with the slides or books see in the power point)
  • ANZAC Centenary - War and Health

For more information on the RNSH project contact Marily Cintra