Cloverdale medical clinic honouring the arts

Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya and Marie Yau with her winning photograph, ‘Chimney Stacks’. Picture: David Baylis
Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya and Marie Yau with her winning photograph, ‘Chimney Stacks’. Picture: David Baylis

AN artistic hub at a Cloverdale medical clinic has introduced an award to commemorate a late radiologist who believed the arts played a role in an individual’s health.

The inaugural Paul Yoong Memorial Award was presented to Marie Yau for her photo entry ‘Chimney Stacks’ at the 13th exhibition of Belgravia Arts Community on October 31.

Dr Yoong, who was a radiologist instrumental in forming Perth Radiology Centre, passed away in January this year.

Next Practice Cloverdale general practitioner and award facilitator Pradeep Jayasuriya said art was a means of social wellbeing and was good for both those creating and viewing it.

“Paul had a very strong sense that there is more to health care than what we do in medicine,” he said.

“There’s more to health than prescribing drugs and interventions.”

Belgravia Arts Community is a gallery which has been attached to Next Practice Cloverdale for more than three years.

Dr Jayasuriya said he encouraged other medical related businesses to be involved in showcasing art from local talents.

“It’s important that we support artistic endeavours for the wellbeing of a community as arts don’t get enough funding and support,” he said.

Mt Lawley resident Marie Yau said she captured the chimney stacks without any cars present by waking up at 5.30am one winter morning.

“I drive past there every night after I finish work and the presence of the chimney stacks is eye-catching,” she said.

“I’ve been wanting to capture images of Belmont and something iconic and what could be more iconic than the chimney stacks?”

As the first prize winner, Ms Yau won $400 while the second prize winner Rod Gilchrist won $200.

All 14 entries will be displayed at Belgravia Arts Community until March next year.