Bethesda Health Care Cockburn Clinic

Arts & Culture
The Client
Bethesda Health Care
Project Team
Kate Parker
Director / Principal - Arts & Culture
Tegan Patrucco
Senior Consultant - Arts & Culture
The Project

The Silver Thomas Hanley designed Clinic will provide much needed amenity for Perth’s southern suburbs in line with Bethesda Health Care’s existing high-quality services. The Clinic will take an innovative, patient-centred approach, delivering an upmarket facility which responds to Bethesda’s vision for delivering high quality healthcare, in line with the values of excellence, respect and compassion.

The integration of high-quality public art by local West Australian artists will contribute to the creation of an engaging and dynamic environment which is much-loved by residents and visitors alike. In the health care environment, this is particularly relevant, where public art has the capacity to enhance patient’s everyday experiences, create opportunities for interaction and discussion; and contribute to the amenity and identity of the neighbourhood.

Our Role

We are passionate about delivering benchmark projects, with a particular focus on commissioning local WA creatives and emerging artists. For Cockburn Clinic we provided a full scope service, including assisting the design team to identify locations for public art, determining budgets and procurement programs, providing curated artist lists, and working with the artists to developer concepts, review contracts and manage delivery of the resulting project.


Two stunning artworks from Western Australian artists Penelope Forlano and April Pine will contribute to Bethesda Health Care’s newest mental health clinic in Cockburn.

The artworks, commissioned in response to the City of Cockburn’s Percent for Art Policy have been developed based on the themes of Hope and Connection, reflecting the importance of these elements in the mental health care journey.

Award winning artist Penelope Forlano has 25 years of practice experience with training across design, arts, and town planning disciplines. Her screen-based artwork for Bethesda is abstracted from banksia leaves and nuts endemic to the area. The artwork is sensitively lit to appear to be slowly pulsing/breathing – with a pace based on diaphragmatic breathing which reduces cortisol levels.

April Pine is one of Australia’s leading emerging sculptors, working from her studio in Welshpool, Western Australia. Pine has attracted the attention of some of Australia’s biggest art collectors as well as public clients across WA, ACT and NSW.

April’s artwork is a large-scale sculptural work, designed as ‘beacon of light’. The artwork will create a warm, soft, welcoming glow at the entry of the Clinic. The artwork creates an immediate sense of calm - the viewer is invited to wonder in its detail, the changing light, and ‘sparkle’ created as the artwork emits a glowing light.

The artworks are due for completion in the first quarter of 2022.

What We Delivered
  • Public Art Plan
  • Artist Briefs
  • Curated Artist Lists
  • Artist Contracts
  • Approval from the City of Cockburn
  • Ongoing management and liaison with artist, design team and developer

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