A new exhibition series at The Hive gallery in Ocean Grove will raise vital funds to support ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Hive and the RMH Foundation's Feature Artist launch
The Hive’s curator and director Karen Spreadborough, the RMH Foundation's Anthony North and Sandie Baskin, and the inaugural feature artist Georgie Gall.

A new exhibition series launched at the weekend at The Hive gallery in Ocean Grove will raise vital funds to support ophthalmology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

The Hive launched the ‘Feature Artist Program’ on Saturday and over the next 12 months, a series of artists will display their work at The Hive, with a portion of the sales of their exhibited work going towards a Wide-Field Digital Imaging Camera for the RMH Ophthalmology Department.

This camera will provide a high-definition image of the eye and will greatly enhance diagnostic accuracy and improve the management and health outcomes of eye-patients at the RMH.

The Hive’s curator and director Karen Spreadborough said she was proud to support the RMH.

“There are going to be several different artists over the course of the program, which will give our visitors the chance to enjoy lots of different and beautiful artwork,” she said.

“If they see something they like, they can take it home knowing they are supporting a very worthy cause at the same time.”

The first feature artist is Georgie Gall, herself a long-time supporter of the RMH, who recently donated artwork for the waiting room of the RMH Intensive Care Unit. Her collection ‘Dawn to Dusk’ will be showing at The Hive until Sunday 1 May 2022.

The RMH Foundation Director, Ed Smith, said the support of Karen, Georgie and the other upcoming feature artists was deeply appreciated.

“It is so wonderful that art and health have come together, and I really hope visitors and art enthusiasts get behind this initiative,” he said.

“We are delighted that the upcoming exhibition will support major equipment priorities of our Ophthalmology Department that will benefit thousands of patients requiring critical eye care.”

More information about the exhibition series is available on The Hive website.

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