Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul (C. 1937 – 2021) Commission


From 2010-2011, Beverly Knight oversaw and administered a major artist commission for Mount Isa Health Campus Redevelopment on behalf of Mornington Island Artist Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul (C. 1937 – 2021).

The Mount Isa Health Campus Redevelopment is located at the Mount Isa Base Hospital. Completed in 2011, the new building, adjacent to the main hospital entrance, provides extended community health services to support local residents, including the large Indigenous population in Mount Isa.

In 2010 Queensland artist Paula Paul was commissioned to create a new painting for the main building, to enhance the cultural connectedness and welcoming ambience of the new campus. Two artworks by Paula Paul were commissioned and installed at the campus; The first was an original painting by the artist titled Big Oysters, which was hung in the main patient waiting area. The second artwork was a reproduction onto a transparent Digiglass panel, which was installed in the building foyer, opposite the main entrance, and was visible from both sides of the glass.

The bright, joyful colours in Paula Paul’s work served to enliven the foyer space and act as a distinctive signifier for patients, aiding in finding their way around the facility. The inclusion of artwork from a Queensland Indigenous artist in the new Mt Isa Health Campus acknowledged the history of the Indigenous people of Mt Isa and far-reaching surrounding areas.