A splash of colour brightens Hampton House for clients and staff

A man stands in front of a large mural of native flora and fauna on a building wall.
Fremantle Hospital carpenter and passionate artist David Dewsbury in front of the Hampton House mural.
May 11, 2021

Paintings of flora and birds now brighten the walls for patients and staff of Hampton House thanks to Fremantle Hospital (FH) Carpenter and passionate artist David Dewsbury.

David gave his weekends to brighten up the outdoor walls of the mental health facility after Clinical Nurse Manager Amanda Hellewell put out a call for help.

“Since Hampton House moved to Moss Street in July 2020, we’ve been committed to making the facility a safe and special place, inside and out,” Amanda said.

“We had a particularly ugly wall on the car park side of the house which we wanted to brighten up, so we put out the call for help.”

David, who began painting through his love for photography, was thrilled to be able create a colourful piece that contributes to the friendly, supportive environment of Hampton House.

“I love painting and especially love painting big, so it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to paint such a prominent wall and show the wider public what I can do,” David said.

Amanda said clients’ remark on the mural brightening up the space and how beautiful it is entering the carpark.

“I cannot praise David enough,” Amanda said.

“We wanted something to embrace the suburb with its flora and birds – David got it instantly and we agreed on the first design.”

Other murals by David can be seen at the FH engineering workshop and at the entry to the hospital’s museum.

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