Uplift program continues with music in hospital foyer

Chelsy Atkins from Pambula sings her own original songs incorporating traditional Aboriginal language and stories. Picture: Tim Burke

Chelsy Atkins from Pambula sings her own original songs incorporating traditional Aboriginal language and stories. Picture: Tim Burke

South East Arts' Uplift live music and art program continues at the South East Regional Hospital on Thursday, April 19, from 12.30pm, when Pambula singer songwriter Chelsy Atkins will perform in the hospital's foyer.

Arts Health is the practice of using the arts to improve health and wellbeing, as well as enhance health care experiences for patients and their families. In conjunction with the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and Tulgeen Disability Services, South East Arts is installing an exhibition of paintings by Art in the Garage artist Miriam Kydd in the foyer and will host a music program throughout the year. 

“Chelsy is a beautiful performer. Her unique tone and beautiful original songs are sure to enchant visitors, staff and patients alike,” SEA general manager Andrew Gray said.

“She draws on traditional Aboriginal story telling and language in a contemporary musical style.”

Further lunchtime concerts will take place throughout the year including Stonewave Taiko, Corrine Gibbons, Andy O'Donnell, The Friday Choir and also Guitarama with Dave Crowden.

Musicians Greg Sheehan, Premkranti and Damon Davis are also providing individual and ward sessions in the mental health and children’s wards, medical and surgical wards and the sub-acute rehabilitation unit over a 12-month period.

Uplift is an initiative of South East Arts, supported by the Mumbulla Foundation, Bega Valley Shire Council, Tulgeen Disability Services and Bega Valley Regional Gallery.