Shattered, by Launceston artist Anne O’Connor contains thirteen photographs taken in the now abandoned Royal Derwent Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in New Norfolk which operated from 1827 until 2000.
The photographs capture the broken glass, graffiti riddled walls and dilapidated interiors of the hospital. O’Connor wants viewers to consider the people who called the Derwent home over many years; their struggles, their isolation and the loss they experienced due to mental illness. The exhibition aims to draw attention to a subject that is often hidden, and start a conversation about the support systems needed for those who struggles with family issues, homelessness and mental illness.
Anne O’Connor’s exhibition forms part of the annual Little Gallery Program for early career Tasmanian artists.