Donating a Mural to the Heart Centre of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead
The year 9 elective Art class of MET Oatlands came up with the idea of a task that involved creating and donating an artwork to a hospital or medical institution.
This is a recount from the point of view of the students:
Having experienced several people around us suffer from the harsh hand of cancer we felt strongly about wanting to help them and encourage them, even if it was in a small way. Our idea was to donate a mural to the Cancer Ward at the Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, after contacting the Centre we were told that unfortunately they did not have the wall space. That meant a change of plan; we researched further and came up with another option: The Heart Centre. After emailing them they agreed and it went from there.
There are eight girls in the class and all were involved in bringing the artwork to life. Every one pulled together as a team and sacrificed every spare moment of the school day to get the project completed in time.
The class chose a canvas 120cm x 100cm. The idea was to create a dynamic artwork, which people could interact with and be stimulated by. The main section is made up of jigsaw pieces, each with a different children’s character – the Smurfs, Maya the Bee, Fancy Nancy and Peppa Pig – to name just a few.
Power words were painted within the jigsaw- Hope, Happiness, Trust, Love, Joy, Courage, Faith and Friendship – words to empower and encourage, reminding us all that whatever challenges we have in life, there is one greater that is watching over us.
After a lot of hard work and fun, the artwork was finally ready to be delivered. The canvas was carefully loaded into the school bus on the 1st April and we all drove out to Westmead to do the presentation.
We were greeted by the friendly staff and given a tour of the facility, showing us the amazing work that they do. The presentation went off without a hitch, and we have been told that the artwork will be up within the next month.
It has been a very rewarding journey with a lot of satisfaction. It has shown us the value of teamwork and the sense of reward in doing things for the benefit of others.
We know that the children going through this heart unit will enjoy it as much as we did making it and we hope that in some small way we have added some joy to someone’s life.
All the best from the year 9 Art class of MET Oatlands.
Georgiana Craddock, Allana Horsfall, Bronia Kennard, Carla Martin, Marney Matthews, Bianca Reddel, Mikaela Trimmer, and Thalia Williams.