The Sanctuary is a Multi faith space in Shepparton's Hospital, at Goulburn Valley Health. Shepparton Interfaith Network were involved in the planning and consultations for the design and usage of this room.
The Sanctuary is for the use of patients, visitors and staff as a place for prayer, quiet reflection or meditation. It is open to people of all faiths, or no faith.
View of entrance to The Sanctuary
This tranquil space may be used for special services and other religious observances, and includes a small room within it for family meetings and counselling.
Small room in the Sanctuary
It also benefits from a growing library of spiritual and religious books, which are available to anyone who visits the room. Please do not remove them from the room.
The Sanctuary is open at all times, and you are welcome to come in. We only ask that you are sensitive to the needs and rights of others who may wish to use the room.
The Splinter Arts Group provided the artwork for the Sanctuary. The central work of art is the Tree of Life, which contains the symbols of all religions:
Tree of Life, by Sue Reid
showing the symbols of all religions
The Splinter Arts Group also provided several paintings which adorn the external wall of the Sanctuary in the main coridoor of the hospital:
The first painting (adjacent the door) is Towards the Light by Terry Butler
Another painting, Water in Free Fall, was provided by Kathryn Carroll
Another artwork was provided by Lynn Hume. This is entitled "Secret Place".
A further work of art, "Bright Poppies" was provided by Margaret Lawry
Margaret Lawry also provided a Tryptich called "Bright Poppies":
The Sanctuary makes a quiet, restorative space in the busy confines of Goulburn Valley Health, the major hospital in North East Victoria. The room is in regular use by staff, visitors and patients and fulfils the multifaith needs of the region.
Photo Credits: Shepparton Interfaith Network
Artwork Copyrights: Goulburn Valley Health and Splinter Arts Group