Donating a Mural to the Heart Centre of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead

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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.

The Heart Centre for children at Westmead is the location of the mural

The Heart Centre for children at Westmead is the location of the mural

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.

Many hours were put in, in the Art Room to create the mural

Many hours were put in, in the Art Room to create the mural

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.

Students and their Art Teacher delivering the artwork

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 was a great opportunity to brighten a wall at Westmead!

It was a great opportunity to brighten a wall at Westmead!

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.

The Year 9 Class from MET Oatlands who contributed to the project

The Year 9 Class from MET Oatlands who contributed to the project

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.

 

18 thoughts on “Donating a Mural to the Heart Centre of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead”

  1. MMary Hathaway says:

    Such a great job!!! This is an awesome idea, will help lift the children’s spirits so much :)

  2. a person who was involved says:

    was soooo much fun!! would luv 2 do it again if we got the opportunity! thanx 4 all the positive feedback ppl!!! 😛

  3. bogan says:

    soooooo cool! good on ya’s all..! would have been a fun and rewarding task!! :) keep it up!

  4. A girl who was involved in the creating of the artwork says:

    We (Sydney art girls) had a great time creating the artwork
    Thank you so much for all your comments, very much appreciated!!!

  5. QLD AU 4350 says:

    Love the artwork, I hope it has a caption saying who created it.

  6. cool... says:

    that is a cool idea, I wish we did stuff like that @ r skool :o)

  7. A45 says:

    Awsome mural girls.. better than Piccasso!!

    Can u do one for my house!!!

  8. us in the UK says:

    Well done girls.
    Amazing art work.
    Lovely idea

  9. Lc. says:

    Awesome aye!!
    I wonder who came up with the idea??
    Such an uplifting thing for all the sick people…

    1. Admin says:

      Hello Lc.

      The idea was thought up by the students in the class. They did a great job, didn’t they?!

      Regards
      Admin

  10. ses says:

    this is outstanding! well done
    great work

  11. nobody says:

    not a bad idea…..VG

  12. CB says:

    Excellent job Year 9 girls!!! Great idea too! Wish I was back in school again!!

  13. dweeb says:

    wow that mural is incredible!
    such a good idea girls – give the kids something to take their minds off their pain or worry when in hospital
    I might suggest this to our art teacher

  14. Granny says:

    That is absolutely beautiful!
    A superb idea!
    Well done girls!

  15. tres bien mes amies! :) says:

    What a lovely idea – its great to know that suffering people are thought of and cared about – well done girls!

  16. who says:

    Greaaaaaaaaat !!

    It will uplift these dear children.
    May give them a bit of a “joy” in the midst of their illness

  17. Charlotte says:

    What an awesome idea – you girls are so clever!

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