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New exhibition: “Outside In” at St Vincent’s hospital

I am pleased to announce I am one of 18 artists selected for the “Outside In” exhibition at St Vincent’s hospital here in Brisbane starting on May 23. The exhibition will run for six months and my images will be displayed on level 2.

Here’s some information about the focus of the exhibition:

“Outside In” aims to provide patients with a connection from the hospital to the outside world with artworks that engender encounters with people, places and experiences beyond the hospital itself, offering opportunities for reflection and contemplation, engaging memory and recognition, inspiration and motivation. Our aim is to make a difference to patients’ hospital experiences providing hope and aspriation (sic), diversion from regular hospital routine, relaxation and potentially improve patient health outcomes.

I love the focus of this as it fits really well into one of my mission statements of Visited Planet. I’m also really pleased to be involved with St Vincent’s as a friend of mine spent the last 12 months or so of his life at this hospital in palliative care and I used to visit him there every Saturday and sometimes show him my work with the idea of bringing the outside world to him. So I actually submitted my work in memory of Rudy (previous posts about him here and here).

Here are the images that will be on display but if you’re in Brisbane, they do look much better on the walls of the hospital so go in and see them and say hello to the patients and staff while you’re in there.

Walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Woman with wine bottles, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy.

Woman with wine bottles, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy.

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In pictures: Celebrating Australia Day

When I was young I always regretted that I wasn’t born a day earlier, on Australia Day. When I was a teenager and learned the history of white settlement and what that had meant, and still means, to Aboriginal people, my regrets disappeared. Today I can appreciate Australia Day for what it means in the sense of acknowledging the freedom we have to celebrate a modern, democratic state free of war and fear while still remembering the past and seeking to make the future one of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for everyone on these shores.

With that in mind, here are some images of what it means to be an Australian on January 26. Happy Australia Day to everyone!

Feel free to add your own “Australia Day means … ” comment below.


Australia Day means… taking the time to learn from our elders.

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On flood alert in Brisbane – images from January 2013

Mother Nature was on our side in Auchenflower this week when flood waters didn’t rise as high as first anticipated. Still it created a lot of work for us sandbagging low lying areas, evacuating furniture and electrical appliances and making preparations.

While we grieve for those that have lost everything, those in flood prone suburbs in Brisbane heaved enormous sighs of relief when it was all over.

I wrote a longer piece about it for Asian Correspondent here: Australia: Flooding déjà vu for Queensland.

To contribute to the recovery efforts see this website for how to make a donation or volunteer. The government’s Queensland Flood Appeal is being coordinated with Red Cross.

Wellington boots the best way to get through the Auchenflower flood waters.

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In pictures: cattle work on Tapiola

A couple of times a year I go out to Tapiola station, Dalby to help a friend who is agisting some Black Angus cattle I co-own with a friend.

The weekend is always fun fixing up the yards, fences, clearing paddocks, branding, tagging, castrating and yarding animals for sale.

It’s pretty hard to get images when you’re climbing fences and pushing animals through the pens while looking out for rogue bulls, but here are some images from the weekend.

To see all the images in this gallery go to this link in the database. The more recent images are from the last pages.

Storm clouds build over Dalby. Pic: Joanne Lane,


Evening cattle inspection from the ute. Pic: Joanne Lane,

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Photo gallery: Celebrating life – Saturdays with Rudy

I read “Tuesdays with Morrie” some time ago about a former student visiting his professor who was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

For the last six months I’ve been visiting a friend in hospital dying from AIDS on Saturdays after lunch. It became a routine: bike ride, market, Rudy. There is little that is honourable, decent or dignifying about AIDS and watching the slow deterioration in this friend has been agonising.

Like in the story, I enjoyed immensely the time we had together, even though Rudy was no philosophiser on life. His face would light up when he saw me, he’d whinge and complain about family members to me in confidence and we’d go downstairs in his wheelchair so he could smoke away to his heart’s content. Yes I took him – why should he have been denied a few simple joys in his last months? A nip of Baileys and a good dose of chocolate were our other great shared joys. Read more

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