Creativity and colour will mark the 150th anniversary of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) with the help of 100 Australian artists taking part in Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail.
The cross-section of creatives, including First Nation artists, street artists, sculptors, painters and up-and-coming talent have started bringing their UooUoo sculptures to life in warehouses, backyards and creative studios across the nation this week.
Jane Reiseger, Ghostpatrol (David Booth), Josh Muir and Bonsai (Sai Neoh) are some of the artists who are taking part in this spectacular public art project.
Jane Reiseger is an award-winning illustrator who has previously collaborated with the RCH to create the interior graphics throughout the hospital. With a playful, semi-abstract style, Jane is inspired by nature and children and these subjects feature heavily in her work.
David Booth, known by his pseudonym Ghostpatrol, is a Melbourne based artist who made a name for himself on the walls of Melbourne’s laneways. With a passion for drawing and sketching, his work floats between the worlds of street and fine art.
Josh Muir is a proud Indigenous man from Ballarat in regional Victoria. Josh draws on the visual language of Indigenous culture to create vibrantly coloured digital prints that also pay homage to hip-hop and street art.
Sai Neoh, known as Bonsai, is a mural artist based on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong. With a love of design, nature and geometry, Bonsai has created murals across Australia and led design projects for products, buildings, interiors and sculptures.
These artists will be joining previous announced artist Alexander Knox who was commissioned to create UooUoo. Alexander is known by RCH audiences for his much loved sculpture Creature who lives on Main Street at the hospital.
The 100 UooUoo sculptures will be sprawled throughout streets, laneways and parks in Melbourne and Geelong, fostering a sense of community to celebrate the hospital’s special milestone year and raise much needed funds for Victoria’s sickest children.
“Me and UooUoo offers the unique opportunity for the community to be involved in celebrating the incredible heritage of this world-leading institution,” said Sue Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of the RCH Foundation.
“Most importantly, it provides a sense of unity and aspiration, so that we can persevere through these challenging times together. We were amazed by the high volume and quality of entries sent in by artists from all across Australia, and now we’re entering the next stage of delivery. The RCH Foundation is so excited, and we can’t wait to bring Me and UooUoo to life in the months ahead.”