If you wish to exhibit at St Vincent's please contact SVHSarts@svha.org.au providing: 

  • Up to 250 words of how your exhibition meets the curatorial framework and outlining your connection to St Vincent’s 
  • Up to 10 images of your work with title, medium and dimensions
  • An indication of which two month slot you wish to have for the level 3 exhibition wall or in what other space you wish to exhibit.

For current exhibitions visit our What’s on page.

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney curatorial framework exhibition and collection

St Vincent’s facilities are on the land of the Gadigal & Burramattigal peoples of the Eora Nation; as well as the Dharug Nation. St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is in a unique geographic location. Situated in Darlinghurst a suburb that reaches between the edge of the CBD, the beginnings of the affluent village, Paddington, connected to the night life centre of Kings Cross and home to Sydney’s LGBTQI+ community. We are a hospital surrounded by major art institutions, busy roads, small parks, small businesses and high density living in close proximity to Redfern and Woolloomooloo Aboriginal communities. The hospital serves a diverse population with a high presentation of mental health patients, drug and alcohol afflicted patients and people experiencing homelessness.

The key goals and intentions of the exhibition program are listed below:


  • The place of artistic and creative practice in positive health outcomes is recognised and valued at SVHNS. SVHNS aims to integrate artistic practice and artworks into the daily life of the hospital. SVHNS will ensure collection artworks are available throughout the public areas, spaces and corridors of facilities on campus and a dynamic range of temporary exhibitions are displayed throughout the year.
  • Artworks will contribute to a sense of calm and healing, or have the potential to engage and inspire visitors, in line with the SVHA mission

Diversity and inclusion 

  • Recognition of diverse groups who frequent the different services across the network and programming that acknowledges these groups and caters to their needs, to facilitate inclusion. 
  • These include people of different cultural and racial backgrounds, LGBTQI+ community, those experiencing homelessness, age diversity, physical capability, mental state and frequency of attendance and length of stay in the health service. 

Local community

  • Display artworks by artists connected to local partnering institutions such as tertiary education Institutions and schools.


  • Program is sustainable within the clinical restrictions and resources available in the public health sector, while meeting the needs and requests of staff.

First Nations

  • Works displayed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that enhance an understanding of Indigenous cultures, with emphasis on artists from NSW and the SE coast of Australia.

RAP Action Plan requirements

  • At least 1 exhibition by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists per year
  • Display SVHA statement of Reconciliation
  • Display Acknowledgement of Country
  • Display 2016 SVHA Reconciliation artwork


  • Reflect the ongoing history of the hospital and its staff, through consultation with archivist and the inclusion of department commissioned portraits.
Exhibition spaces:

St Vincent’s Hospital has a range of temporary exhibition spaces in public facing areas. These are free spaces for artists to exhibit, with L.3 exhibition wall being the best equipped for exhibitions. St Vincent’s Hospital arts health program will take 20% commission on all works sold. 

  • Level 3 exhibition wall: a 26m wall with exhibition track and lighting, facing the entrance escalators, lifts and waiting area for MRI. There are six exhibition slots of approximately two months each, with three designated annual exhibitions:
  • December – January, SVHS staff art exhibition
  • June – July, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Cooperative
  • October – November, Parklea Correctional Centre
  • Level 4 mezzanine: a U shaped space containing 15m of wall space at the top of the entrance escalators with exhibition track. This space is a multi-use space utilised by visitors as a seating and relaxation area and by staff for information stands, flu vaccinations, CPR training etc. It is in a thoroughfare between the mental health building; the O’Brien centre, and the Private Hospital, the Ambulatory day clinics of Heart & Lung, Renal and IBAC and consultation rooms for neurology and OC. It also houses a grand piano, casually used by staff and visitors.
  • Level 4 corridor & Green Park façade: The corridor is a thoroughfare between the mezzanine, IBAC, renal, Neurology and the Private Hospital while Green Park façade holds 5 exhibition panels that are public facing on Victoria and Liverpool Streets. These spaces are currently used for two six month annual exhibitions; Ice St homeless health photography program and photography by students from NAS and UNSWAD

Sacred Heart Health Service Level 4 (near lifts): Works by Balmain Public School students that change annually and one month of Palliative Care week artworks in June.

Target groups of representation in exhibition program are listed below:

First Nations Communities
Those who identify as LGBTQI
People with lived experience of homelessness
People from diverse cultural backgrounds
Physical diversity
People with lived experience of mental ill health
St Vincent's staff engagement 
Local community
All genders 
Equal range of age group