Chief Executive Ms Dale Fisher says the Olsen tapestry will be the centrepiece of Peter Mac’s collection of over 800 artworks donated to the cancer centre since 1998, including two
John Olsen works on paper.
“We see every day how art can help cancer patients and families through their treatments and the healing process,” says Ms Fisher.
“We feel deeply privileged to be able to house this incredible work created for our patients, carers, families and visitors to our centre. We have no doubt that it, along with our broader art collection, will bring joy, hope and comfort to our patients during their time with us.
“And of course we are so thankful for the vision of the tapestry’s commissioning partners who are committed to bringing priceless works of art, such as this, to public spaces.”
Funding for the tapestry was made possible due to the generosity of the Australian Hotels Association, Mrs Anne Robertson and Mr Mark Robertson OAM, and Mrs Janet Calvert-Jones AO and Mr John Calvert-Jones AM.
Life Burst is the 9th collaboration between the Australian Tapestry Workshop and John Olsen.
“Olsen is an artist who not only realises the creative potential of the tapestry medium, but also designs specifically for tapestry, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest artists in history,” says Ms Antonia Syme, Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
John Olsen's work is represented in all Australian state gallery collections, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and regional galleries Australia-wide. He is also represented in institutional, corporate and private collections in Australasia, United Kingdom, Europe and the USA.