Born 1950, Brazil. Working and living in Australia since 1988
Brazilian and Australian Citizenships

Current Appointments:

  • Westmead Redevelopment, Arts and Culture Advisory Committee since 2017
  • Advisory Board, Australian Journal of Dementia Care since 2012
  • BMDH Expansion Arts and Culture Working Group, Western Sydney LHD since 2012
  • Founding member and Executive Director HARC, Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc, since 1999
  • Director, Placemaking (formerly Identity Environment & Art) since 1994

Awards and Honour (selected)
2017 International Academy Health and Design, Vienna – Use of Art in Public and Private Spaces Highly Commended, winning team
2016 Western Sydney Local Health District Innovation Award for Arts and Health, winning team
2015 NSW Health Innovation Arts and Health Award – finalist team -The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mt Druitt Program
2016 Pat Paterson Memorial Residency, Blacktown Arts Centre
2014 Australia Council Cite des Arts Residency, Paris
2006 Ros Bower Award 2006, Australia Council for the Arts – for a life time achievement in community cultural development. (National award)
2000 NSW Premier’s 2000 Public Sector Award, Certificate of Achievement, Bronze Award for Service Delivery - The Miller Innovative Health Partnership, SWSAHS.
1998 NSW Women and the Arts Fellowship in recognition for her work linking arts and health Australia Council for the Arts Community, Environment, Arts and Design (CEAD) Award for the work in Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment. (National award)

2007 Graduate Certificate Sustainable Heritage Development, Australian National University
2004 General Construction OHS Induction in NSW Workcover No 03493, Hunter Institute TAFE
2000 Master of Design, thesis “Post Occupancy Evaluation of Public Art Programs in Healthcare: Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment POE”. University of South Australia
1995 Volunteer training, ACT Palliative Care Society
1978-79 Undergraduate studies Social Anthropology, and Norwegian Language, Oslo University, Norway
1973-75 Social Communication, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
1971 Diploma Industrial Arts Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Tradition installation, bread, interpreting life in Paris, in collaboration with local bakery, and baker Phillip Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
2013 Communal Table – installation interpreting the Village of Tharwa for Unmade Edges, Portrait of a Nation, work done in collaboration with farmers, local residents and artist Malcolm Cooke.
Message in a BottleGarrafas de Naufragos (December 2010- March 2011), installation exploring the Murrumbidgee River, Canberra Museum and Galleries, Australia
500 Hundred Years, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
Tanque de Pandora, installation, Museu de Arts do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Tanque de Pandora, Galeria Macunaima (Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions, among those are:

2017 “Artists In Residence: arts, heritage and the environment 10 years anniversary celebration” Exhibition, CraftACT Gallery
“Talking Water”, artist residency showing “Blessing of the Waters” ceramic, performance and video work, CraftACT Gallery, Canberra
2007 “Hybrid nests” at the ACT Craft Centre counter
2000 “
Brazil, 500 years”, The Art Shed, Tharwa, ACT
1998 “Relations”, Campbelltown Regional Gallery
1997 “Living Until You Die, Communicating the Experience of Palliative Care”, Canberra
1997 “
A touch of Brazilian Art”, Embassy of Brazil, Canberra
1997 “Mother Earth blesses the Wik Decision”, Canberra Theatre Link Gallery
“One hundred years of solitude”, Fourth leaf Gallery, Newtown, NSW
1995 “Bias Binding” -Women’s Art Register 1975 -1995, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne,
Cowarr Contemporary Art Space, Victoria
1994 TIEC' 94 - Taipei International Exhibition of Ceramics 94, Taipei, Taiwan.
11th 12th and 14th International Biennial of Ceramics of Vallauris, France.
2nd and 3rd International Biennial of Artistic Ceramic, Aveiro, Portugal
Alice Craft Award, Alice Springs, Australia.
International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Grottaglie, Italy.
1st, 2nd and 3rd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
5th, 6th and7th National Award of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
1993/91 2nd and 3rd International Biennial of Artistic Ceramic, Aveiro, Portugal
Alice Craft Award, Alice Springs, Australia.
International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Grottaglie, Italy.
1st, 2nd and 3rd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
5th, 6th and 7th National Award of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.

Public Art Commissions (selected):

2019 Many Hands,
terrace Newborn Care and Birthing, Blacktown Hospital, installation using 1700 hand made pebbles done with the hospital’s staff, visitors and patients
2016 Being and Belonging,
internal water feature, Regional Dialysis Centre, Blacktown Hospital
2012 Wishes of Many, installation using origami work, designed together with Yoshimi Lawler and produced with local communities, staff, visitors and patients of Royal North Shore Hospital
2011/12 Nepean River Suspended, installation work using Nepean River water, Nepean Hospital Intensive Care Unit Light Courtyard
2009/10 Canley Vale Memorial Park, water sensitive urban design and community participation, development of artworks using the clay dug from the park for the construction of rain gardens to create public artworks. Interpretation in collaboration with local groups of water conservation issues.
2008/09 Living Library Kiosk, 300cm x 90 cm, Auburn Hospital. Development of a hospital living library and its documentation through a sculptural touch screen at the main entry lobby.
2008/09 Lullabies, Maternity and Newborn Units, Auburn Hospital, with local women, created a collection of lullabies in 20 languages.
2006 - DNA4RNC 220 cm x 80 cm, sculpture, metal and found objects (30 kg of keys from the Royal Newcastle Hospital as it closed), Forecourt, Royal Newcastle Centre, Hunter New England Health Service
2006 Lotus Pond with Dragon Flies –various elements in metal and glass, collaboration with landscape architects, courtyard size 1500 cm x 700 cm

Examples of Arts Projects and Programs facilitated by Marily Cintra (selected)

Cintra has managed public arts programs in 25 hospitals and healthcare facilities in Australia, most recently Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital, Auburn Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

2017-20 Westmead Redevelopment Arts and Culture Strategy development of a strategy for the integration of public arts in Westmead Redevelopment, and strategy implementation.
2019 The ArtsLab@Westmead Connectivity Centre development of a space for experimentation of arts in the context of health. Coordinating 10 artists’ residencies

2019 Science Arts Explorers a project focused on young people living with complex health issues and at risk, creation of artworks that are science/arts hibrids.
2015 Telling Tales with Bradfield Senior College and Planet X a project engaging young people in the development of art (visual, literature, film, multimedia) reflecting health heritage. Funded by NSW Environment and Heritage
2013-15 Royal North Shore Hospital Clinical Services Building – planning and implementation of the new Clinical Services Building Public Art and Heritage Program.

2013 Papelnonos, development of a Papelnonos program in Australia, creating musical instruments made of recycled paper and performances with older people. With Martha Fernandez, Bonnyrigg, NSW Australia
2012/ 13 Penrith Mental Health Unit, Nepean Hospital, planning and implementation of public arts for the new mental health unit
2012 Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital Arts and Cultural Strategy,
planning and coordination of an arts and cultural program for Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital Expansion
2011/12 Nepean Hospital Redevelopment, planning and implementation of Nepean Hospital Stage Three Public Arts Program.
2011 /12 Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment (RNS Community Health Centre and Acute Services Building) – planning, and implementation of a public art and heritage program
2009 Miller Streets Art Gallery – coordination of design and production of 17 murals by 7 artists and the local community in a disadvantaged area, NSW
2009 Cabravale Park Public Art – public art involving local communities in creating health promoting spaces (heart smart trails, adults exercise area) and environment conservation (Water Sensitive Urban Design and public art, creation of rain garden and community dreams for sustainable future)
2007 /08/09 Auburn Hospital Redevelopment Arts and Cultural Planning
2006/08 I am Still Here,
promoting access to Art Museums and Galleries for people with dementia, a partnership with the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Foundation, the National Gallery of Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia.
2006 Lemongrove Creative Space
, an art space for artists in residence within Aged Care assisted living, Funded by NSW Ministry for the Arts
2005/06 Henry Fulton Nursing Home, Penrith NSW
Arts and Cultural Planning and its implementation.
2003/06 Royal Newcastle Centre, planning and implementation of public art program

Presentations (selected)

2018 “Westmead Redevelopment: The art of engagement” 2018 Patient Experience Symposium, Sydney
2014 “Making health museum collections relevant to local community/ Mettre les collections des musées de la santé accessibles à la population locale. ” Congrès de lSociété Française d’Historie des Sciences et des Techniques, Lyon, France

2013 “The Museum Goes Public: Heritage in Health”4th International Conference of the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 “The Art of Change: Change Management and the Arts” plenary presentation with Kim Brady, 8th Word Congress for Design and Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 “Public Place and Intangible Heritage: the Creation of Contemporary Healing Environments
Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Brisbane
2009 “The Hospital as Cultural Site” plenary - 6th World Congress for Design and Health, Singapore
2007 The Hospital as a Cultural Site: arts and culture in health
– in Engaging Communities, English Media and Art History: Museum Studies, University of Queensland
2007 Art and Health a Successful Partnership- Keynote address at the 9th National Rural Health Conference, Albury, Australia

2006 Evaluating Arts and Cultural Programs in Healthcare Facilitiesin Culture as Element of Design Seminar, Centre for Health Assets Australasia, UNSW
2006 The Role of the Arts in Health Facilities Design – 9th Health Facilities Planning Design Summit, Sydney Australia

Malcolm Cooke

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1973 Teacher Training, Victorian Teachers College, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
1970 Diploma of Fine Art (ceramics), Bendigo Institute of Technology, Australia.


Malcolm participated in over 50 exhibitions including
1999 Designers exhibition The Craft Centre ACT
1997 5th World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
1994 International Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
1993 Lyttleton Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
1993 Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.
1993 Alice Craft Award, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
1992 "Guests from Australia", "Jahresmesse Kunsthandwerk", Museum fur Kunst und Gewebe, Hamburg, Germany.
1992 13th Bienniale Internationale De Ceramique D'Art, Vallauris, France.
1992 3rd Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Australia.
1991 International Pottery Exhibition, Zagreb, Croatia.
1991 13th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Grottaglie, Italy.
1991 Contemporary Ceramics, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Vic, Australia.
1990 Diamond Valley Ceramic Award, Diamond Valley, Australia.
1990 Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
1990 3rd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Croatia.
1989 Old New What Next, Craft Council of the ACT, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
1989 Solo Exhibition, Narek Gallery, Tharwa, ACT, Australia.
1989 World of Ceramics, Arandjelovac, Yugoslavia.
1989 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Grottaglie, Italy.
1989 Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, Auckland, New Zealand.
1989 Alice Springs Craft Award, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
1988 Cuppacumbalong Craftsman, Narek Gallery, Tharwa, ACT, Australia.
1987-88 Back to the Future, Traveling Exhibition, Australia.
1987 Malcolm Cooke & Marily Oppermann, Ufitizi Gallery, VIC, Australia.
1987 Functional Ceramics, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS, Australia
1987 2nd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
1987 Invited Craftsman, Southern Cross Award, Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia.


Permanent World Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Zagreb, Croatia.
Collection, Potters Association of Rio Grande De Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The World of Ceramics, Arandjelovac, Yugoslavia.
Queen Victoria Museum, Lauceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly, NSW, Australia.
Castlemaine Art Gallery, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia.
Grottaglie, Italy.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.
University of Texas, Austin, USA.
And many public and private collections.


1971-72 Epsom Pottery, Bendigo, VIC, Australia.
1972-74 Mother Earth Pottery, Clunes, VIC, Australia.
1974-78 Ceramic Action, Badgers Creek Pottery, Badgers Creek, VIC, Australia. (Designer and Studio Production Manager, for Ceramic Action, Gallery manager for Badgers Creek pottery)
1978 Working with Doug Alexander, Cuppacumbalong Pottery, Tharwa, and ACT, Australia.
1978-81 Badgers Creek Pottery, Badgers Creek, VIC, Australia.
1981-92 Established Studio at Cuppacumbalong Art Centre, Tharwa, ACT, Australia.
1992 4 Week Symposium working at the Porcelain Factory, Arandjelovac, Yugoslavia
1992- Established "The Art Shed" with Marily Cintra (Oppermann), Tharwa, and ACT, Australia.
1998- to date Manager, “The Art Shed” gallery managing and mounting exhibitions, Tharwa ACT.

1998- to date Mounting exhibitions in several Arts for Health galleries at Bankstown Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, Westmead Hospital, and Nepean Hospital.
Public Arts Officer for HARC projects, facilitating and assisting artists to design, produce and install artworks in public areas of Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Wyong, Royal Newcastle Centre, Nepean, Royal North Shore Hospital, Blacktown Hospital and Westmead Hospital.
Public Arts officer for Placemaking, designing, producing and installing artworks with community involvement including Hilva Park, Cabravale Memorial Park, Waterloo Children’s Playground, Blacktown Hospital.

1999- to date Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc. Board Member, in kind administrative support, documentation, photography, video, and web design.


1994 Contemporary Ceramic Art in Australia and New Zealand
1988 Pottery In Australia, Vol, 23/1.
1988 Pottery In Australia, Vol, 27/2.
1987 Craft Art Australia, Vol, 7.
1988 Craft Art Australia, Vol, 8.
1990 Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 1.
1991 Ceramic Art and Perception, Issue 3.
1987 Weekend Magazine, Channel O, Melbourne, Australia, 15 Minute Film.


Prince Charles/ Lady Diana wedding present from the ACT Government, Limited Edition Presentation Plates, Commissioned by the Department of Territories, Canberra, Australia.

Presentation Bowl, Commissioned by the Dean of the Diplomatic Cops, Canberra as a farewell gift to the retiring Governor General of Australia.

Presentation Plates for the Australian Navy.

Presentation pieces for the Australian Physiotherapy International conference.

Presentation plates for the Canberra Cruising Yacht Club

1996 Ceramic Water Feature Liverpool Hospital Courtyard Liverpool NSW Australia.

1998 Mosaic and water feature entrance, Braeside, Hospital, Fairfield NSW.

1996 Mosaics for the circular seat/planters entrance Liverpool Hospital, advisory for community artists, production of hand made mosaic and installation of works.

2003 Historical ceramic mural for entrance of Bankstown – Lidcombe Hospital, Bankstown, NSW Australia.

2004 Waterloo Children’s Playground, Kellic Street, advisor to community artists. In kind support for the installation of works with local community.

2004 Water feature, high dependency courtyard, Wyong Hospital Mental Health Unit, Wyong Hospital, NSW.

2004 Design development for hanging structure and graphic design bedrooms, interview rooms and magistrate room, Wyong Mental Health Centre, NSW.

2005 Design of Photoglass for lift interiors and lift lobbies levels 1, 2 and 3, Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital Campus, Newcastle, NSW.

2005 Graphic design photo competition “Sunrisers”, Royal Newcastle Centre, John Hunter Hospital Campus, Newcastle, NSW.

2005 Ceramic path inserts and mosaics seats, advisor to community artists and installation of works for Hilwa Park, Villawood, NSW

2005 Landscape design in collaboration with Marily Cintra and staff, and creation of water feature, mosaic seats, and child play area (in collaboration with children of consumers) for inpatient’s courtyard, Pialla Mental Health Unit, Nepean Hospital, Penrith, NSW.

2006 Design and instillation of “Welcome” digiglass for entrance of Liverpool Mental Health Unit, Liverpool Hospital, NSW.

2006 Ceramic path inserts and mosaics playground, advisor to community artists and installation of works for Adams Park, Canley Vale, NSW.

2006 Adam’s Park Entry and Children’s Playground – work in collaboration with Fairfield City Council, Canley Valley Public School, artist Thao La and volunteers of Liverpool Hospital Arts for Health Program. Advice on mosaic making and installation of mosaic works.

2006 Canley Valley, main street planter boxes – installation of mosaic works by Fairfield Hospital Arts for Health Program.

2008 Glass work, collaboration and production of a 21 meters high digiglass, with artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Malcolm prepared the graphic work, organised fabrication and installation.

2009 Collaboration with artist Marily Cintra to create a sculptural work, including digital content of the Living Library Kiosk, Auburn Hospital, Australia.

2010 Mosaic path inserts Cabravale Park Cabramatta NSW.

2010 Mosaic seat with hand made tiles for water garden and native bush tucker plants Cabravale park Cabramatta NSW.

2010-11 Glass work, collaboration and production of a 9 m high digiglass with artist Annette Barlow, for Nepean Hospital.

2015 Mosaic seats “Many Colours of Blacktown” designs in collaboration with community groups. Blacktown Hospital NSW

2019 Glass and metal sculpture Welcome to Blacktown Hospital by Leanne Tobin Preparation for production of digital files and organisation of the fabrication and installation for the glass panels and metal surrounds. Blacktown Hospital

2019 Night Sky the 23.2 x 9 meter vitrapanel ceiling to the entry of Westmead new hospital building. a collaboration between Darug artists Edna Watson, Leanne Watson, Rhiannon Wright, Leanne Tobin and Chris Tobin. Advice on how to produce original to enable scanning enlarging colour correction and creation of master files for production of the Vitrapanel works.

2019 Fabrication and installation of two large mosaic works installed in Gosford Hospital Admissions courtyard paving.

2019 Fabrication of four large mosaic for the external seats The Sky by Day. Blacktown Hospital. Design worked with community groups from Blacktown.

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