GV Health leads the way with artworks
Published at: 30 Aug 2019
ELEVEN BIG, BRIGHT PAINTINGS OF AUSTRALIAN FLORA AND FAUNA NOW HANG THROUGHOUT GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH’S GRAHAM ST CAMPUS IN SHEPPARTON.
The paintings, according to GV Health’s senior media and communications advisor, Jodie Fleming, are currently being trialled as part of a new wayfinding strategy, assisting people to find their way around the health service.
“Using artwork as a wayfinding tool is not a new concept … it has been trialled at other hospitals across Australia,” she said.
“A large portion of the Goulburn Valley population speak a number of other languages so this is another way they may be able to navigate their way around a very big site.”
Ms Fleming said the paintings were also a way for people who struggle to read or write to find their way around the hospital.
“The artwork also looks great, brightening up the place,” she said.
“We also loved that all the paintings were Australian-themed in terms of using our native fauna and flora.
“Symbols of the artwork will now appear on the maps of GV Health and over the next year we will be monitoring if the artwork has helped people find their way around GV Health.
“We wanted to trial the artwork during construction of our redevelopment so that when the building works are all complete, we will know if it is something we wish to incorporate into a permanent wayfinding solution.
“It is a very exciting time at GV Health and this is a very exciting project.
“Using the artwork is only one element GV Health may use, as people use different tools to find their way, so we need to find what helps a number of people in a number of different ways.”
Ms Fleming said they were thrilled the pieces were created by not only a local artist, but also one of GV Health’s staff members.
Click here to read about the artist Jane Spencer.