The Tribute Project
Inscape is a Hobart based non-profit organisation that supports patients, their families and hospital staff by providing access to inspiring and inclusive arts initiatives within Tasmanian hospitals. They transform and enrich the environment and provide comfort to families at a time of great stress and trauma.
The Tribute project recognises and values stories from people who are hospitalised at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH). With the support of the arts health facilitator, the Inscape artist/illustrator spends up to four hours at a time with each patient; chatting and listening to stories. This extended conversation provides resources for the artist to create the Tribute; a collection of illustrated memories that can be shared with the patient, their family and the hospital community.
The illustrated artworks are a tribute to the patient and provide opportunities for celebration of their life. The artworks provide staff on the ward with a way to recognise the person and their lives as well as to attend to necessary medical procedures.
The patient and/or their families keep the artwork as a memoir and, with their permission, a copy of their artwork is exhibited in a public space at the hospital. Tribute has proven to be particularly useful for working with patients who are experiencing memory loss or dementia.
These artworks are created on site in about 2-4 hours while visiting the hospital and talking to patients.