COVID Clinic Artworks
Contact was made with the Shoalhaven Hospital COVID Clinic manager, Jacqui Cornell, to ask how we could help. Her suggestion was to engage an indigenous artist to do a painting with their interpretation of the virus, and for the painting to be displayed at the Clinic. Our budget was $500 and, as this was the artist’s cost, Bomaderry Lions agreed to the extra cost of framing and for a plaque.
The Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Clinic worked in partnership with Sharon Bloxsome, the Principal Aboriginal Health Worker, to see what could be done to make the Testing Clinic Nowra a more culturally welcoming environment.
The Nowra Lions Club and Rotary Nowra were only too keen to financially support the idea of commissioning an indigenous artist to depict the story of the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous families. It was important for the clinic to be a welcoming place for our indigenous community, encouraging them to come in and be tested.
A local and renowned indigenous artist, Aunty Cecily Wellington-Carpenter, got to work and created the artwork entitled “Lightning Strike”.
Aunty Cecily depicted the inspiration and the story to send a powerful message within the Aboriginal community.
“The Lightning Strike is very powerful, seen striking through the COVID-19 virus. It can strike at anytime, anywhere. My message is: Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, be Alert to your surroundings. Overall look after yourself and family. “