Black Swan Prize for Portraiture works to offer arty therapy at St John of God Murdoch


SJOG Health Care Group chief executive Michael Stanford sits for his portrait for artists Daniela Dlugocz and Leanne Pearson.
SJOG Health Care Group chief executive Michael Stanford sits for his portrait for artists Daniela Dlugocz and Leanne Pearson.

A SELECTION of work by finalists in the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture have taken up temporary residence at St John of God (SJOG) Murdoch this month.

To celebrate the start of the touring exhibition, three former Black Swan finalists were at the hospital last Wednesday, creating separate portraits of SJOG Health Care Group chief executive Michael Stanford.

Jana Vodesil-Baruffi, Daniela Dlugocz and Leanne Pearson spent several hours in the hospital’s main lobby, attracting curious passers-by while they worked.

Dr Stanford has headed SJOG Health Care Group since 2002.

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“St John of God Health Care has identified in practice that art is an important part of the healing process,” he said.

“We have had great success inviting visual and performing artists into our hospital settings and have a longstanding commitment to art as therapy in the care of our patients.

“We also recognise the impact art, particularly that inspired and created by local artists, can have on the wellbeing of the wider community.”

“I hope many patients, visitors and the communities of our hospitals will take this opportunity to immerse themselves in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture as the exhibition tours our hospitals in Midland, Murdoch and Subiaco.”