ART THERAPY: Art co-ordinator Jim Hourigan with Ballina Hospital acting nurse unit manager Alice Street in front of some of the new ‘Healing Art Photo’ pictures on the walls at the hospital.
ART THERAPY: Art co-ordinator Jim Hourigan with Ballina Hospital acting nurse unit manager Alice Street in front of some of the new ‘Healing Art Photo’ pictures on the walls at the hospital. Marc Stapelberg

Art for Oncology now helping more Northern Rivers patients

ART for Oncology organiser Jim Hourigan has managed to secure 20 photographs for the Ballina Hospital.

The new exhibition follows from three successful exhibits at the Lismore Base Hospital where proceeds were used to buy items for cancer patients.

Mr Hourigan said it was heart-warming to see the vibrancy and energy the pictures engendered.

"It is just such an amazing organisation and we are very lucky to receive the pictures," he said.

"The Foundation for Photo-Art in Hospitals was established in the USA in 2002 by photographer Elaine Poggi, who turned her personal tragedy of the loss of her mother into a worldwide campaign to bring photos of nature to hospitals.

"I get a kick out of seeing people looking at good art.

"The foundation has sent photos everywhere from Italy to Senegal.

"The photographs are intended to provide color and an atmosphere of compassion where healing is encouraged."

Mr Hourigan said the 20 pictures now belonged to the hospital forever and were not for sale.

He said that he hoped the pictures which ranged from flowers to scenic landscapes brightened the day for those people in rehabilitation.

Mr Hourigan is a Yamba-based artist who was inspired to put art in hospitals after his wife was a patient at the clinic in Lismore.



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