2017 Arts In Health Gallery Mentorship

25 September 2017

Sonya Unwin has been awarded Helpmann Academy’s 2017 Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Arts in Health Gallery Mentorship.

The Mentorship, made possible through a partnership with Women’s & Children’s Hospital (WCH) Foundation, is an opportunity for the successful visual artist or curator to work with the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Gallery exhibition program over a 12 month period.

Sonya Unwin is a visual arts honours graduate from the University of South Australia, specialising in drawings and paintings. A picture framer by trade, Sonya was one of the inaugural SALA Artists in Residence at SAHMRI and has experience as a curator for the Metro Art Space at The Hotel Metropolitan.

Sonya will work with the WCH Foundation’s Arts in Health Manager, Jill Newman, to gain hands on experience in curating exhibitions, sourcing and coordinating artists, and managing the installation of exhibitions in line with the unique Arts in Health program requirements.

Sonya said she is looking forward to working with Jill Newman and her staff on projects that make a difference in peoples lives “I believe I need to continue connecting artists with communities through displaying their stories, I believe the key to living life truly is to be seriously creative. I have a keen interest in cognitive science and how art works within this sphere.”

Now in its fifth year, the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Arts in Health Gallery Mentorship has provided previous recipients with a launch pad for their curatorial careers. The 2017 Arts in Health mentee Saskia Scott now works as the WCH Foundation’s Arts Officer, coordinating the administrative sector of the gallery, curating exhibitions and working with their music program and play therapy.

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Arts in Health program incorporates arts into the daily life of people at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital to improve their health and wellbeing. As part of this program, four gallery spaces display artworks to improve the environment for patients, their families, visitors and staff.

The Helpmann Academy Arts in Health Gallery Mentorship is an annual opportunity and is open to final-year students or recent graduates (up to five years out) from the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partnership institutions – TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts / Flinders University and UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture & Design.

Congratulations Sonya!

Images: Sonya Unwin (courtesy of the artist); Sonya Unwin, Wild Shore, oil on linen.

Presented in partnership with the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation

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