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Stepping into a world of fantasy
Paul Summerfield with daughter Sumi, 4, in front of the mural.
Photo: Jay Cronan
Mary Lynn Mather
Stepping onto the veranda of the Canberra
Hospital s adolescent ward is like entering a
The extended balcony boasts a colourful
mural, the work of local digital artist Paul
Summerfield and sponsored by Peter Munday,
of Lennock Volkswagen.
Called River of Dreams, it is an imaginative
portrait of the medical environment, filled with
recognisable objects yet evoking wonder and a
sense of discovery.
The large picture was designed for the
Canberra Hospital Foundation in consultation
with the young patients and staff who use the
Jenny McFarlane, the hospital s arts curator,
said it was really difficult to find work that s
going to connect with the kids" but that
Summerfield s fantastic vision did.
The artist took his brief seriously, carrying
McFarlane s notes with him wherever he went so
he could make sketches and follow his ideas
when he was inspired.
It s great to finally see it come to fruition,
he said, gazing at the mural as daughter Sumi
performed small somersaults through the loops
of his arms.
The artwork contains everything from
corroboree frogs and bogong moths to cloud
beds, a helicopter and a rocket wheelchair.
Movement is integral to the dreamscape,
which aims to empower the adolescents while
providing an element of escapism.
Summerfield works on a big tablet screen,
building up the layers of composition and design
with the help of software.
It s very durable and really tough, he said
of the finished picture, which was printed onto
metal and given an automotive finish.
Summerfield has been an artist for about 10
years, holding about five solo exhibitions.
Most recently, he had a pop-up show at the
Australian National University, illustrating
Oscar Wilde s The Selfish Giant.
He even has a crowdfunded colouring-in book
with an enchanting soundtrack by Happy Axe.
One of Summerfield s earlier artworks is
positioned across the corner of two walls, at
the entrance to the adolescent ward.
Alexandra Kellar of the Canberra Hospital
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Report shows clubs' annual pokie revenue fall of $9.4m
The Labor Party-owned Labor Clubs are once
again one of the smallest contributors to
community groups among the city s major clubs,
giving barely more than the minimum required
from poker machine profits.
The report on clubs pokie takings and
community contributions for 2014-15 was
released last Tuesday, showing declining
gambling income, down $9.4 million, or 5 per
cent, for the city s clubs on the year before.
Clubs made $167.2 million from pokies in the
year, the first time profits dipped below
$170 million in six years.
Clubs are required to give 8 per cent of after-
tax profits to community groups, often funding
the sporting codes that they are set up to support.
Most give more than 8 per cent, with an
average of 12.6 per cent.
The Labor Club group gave just 8.7 per cent,
but was one of the only clubs to give extra to
problem gambling, gave more than most to
charity and welfare groups, and was one of the
few significant contributors to women s sport.
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