Ballina District Hospital has become a much brighter place to be thanks to the creative efforts of Ballina Shire’s artistic preschool children.
The Executive Officer/Director of Nursing of Ballina Hospital, Peter Jeffree said stage three of the Art Gallery Space at the Ballina Hospital/Rehabilitation Unit was officially opened on Friday 5 February 2016, with representatives of the Shire’s local preschools, including some of the young artists themselves, in attendance.
Ballina Shire Mayor Cr David Wright and NNSW LHD Board Member Dr Sue Page officiated the opening ceremony, with Cr Wright handing out certificates of appreciation to the participating preschools.
“The stage three exhibition comprises artwork from nine pre-schools and kindergartens in the Ballina Shire,” Mr Jeffree said.
“The hospital already has stage one and two incorporating canvases painted by our local Primary and Secondary Schools. All the canvases have been kindly donated by the Ballina Hospital Axillary.”
Mr Jeffree said the theme for Ballina’s creative young artists was ‘Our local area’ with many of the pieces capturing the beautiful blues and whites of Ballina’s many beaches.
“The children’s artwork supports the therapeutic benefits that visual art has in health care facilities for patients, staff and visitors alike,” Diversional Therapist Tracey Beck, of Ballina Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit/General Ward, said.
“The brightly coloured canvases created by the pre-school and kindergarten students are an extension of the existing artwork which has bought warmth and life to an area which previously a long bare space.”