Art is best medicine

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

LO­CAL doc­tor Pradeep Jaya­suriya pre­scribes art to his pa­tients.

The Cloverdale­based gen­eral prac­ti­tioner’s phi­los­o­phy is that health is not just about medicine, and that art and cre­ativ­ity en­rich peo­ple’s lives and im­prove health in a tan­gi­ble way

His surgery, Bel­gravia Med­i­cal Cen­tre, has been turned into a gallery of pa­tients’ art­works and this month he opened his fourth ex­hi­bi­tion.

While most surg­eries have a wait­ing room, Dr Jaya­suriya has the Bel­gravia Arts Com­mu­nity Gallery.

The gallery’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, which Dr Jaya­suriya dubs ‘cap­tur­ing the mo- ment’ has artists cel­e­brat­ing the here and now through their art­work.

Dr Jaya­suriya said med­i­cal prac­tices like his had a task to en­cour­age and fa­cil­i­tate cre­ative out­lets to im- prove lives.

“We cre­ated a gallery as a way of cel­e­brat­ing our pa­tients’ tal­ents in a car­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“It’s had a great re­sponse on a wider


en­rich level, be­cause nat­u­rally enough, the artists are known to many of their fel­low pa­tients; in many cases it is only one or two de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the artist and viewer.”

Artists in the March ex­hi­bi­tion at Bel­gravia Arts Com­mu­nity Gallery.

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