Born 1950, Brazil. Working and living in Australia since 1988
Brazilian and Australian Citizenships

Current Appointments:

  • Strategic Arts Planner, Western Sydney Local Health District since 2017
  • Westmead Redevelopment, Arts and Culture Advisory Committee since 2017
  • Advisory Board, Australian Journal of Dementia Care since 2012
  • BMDH Expansion Arts and Culture Working Group, Western Sydney LHD since 2012
  • Founding member and Executive Director HARC, Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc, since 1999
  • Director, Placemaking (formerly Identity Environment & Art) since 1994

Awards and Honour (selected)
2017 International Academy Health and Design, Vienna – Use of Art in Public and Private Spaces Highly Commended, winning team
2016 Western Sydney Local Health District Innovation Award for Arts and Health, winning team
2015 NSW Health Innovation Arts and Health Award – finalist team -The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mt Druitt Program
2016 Pat Paterson Memorial Residency, Blacktown Arts Centre
2014 Australia Council Cite des Arts Residency, Paris
2006 Ros Bower Award 2006, Australia Council for the Arts – for a life time achievement in community cultural development. (National award)
2000 NSW Premier’s 2000 Public Sector Award, Certificate of Achievement, Bronze Award for Service Delivery - The Miller Innovative Health Partnership, SWSAHS.
1998 NSW Women and the Arts Fellowship in recognition for her work linking arts and health Australia Council for the Arts Community, Environment, Arts and Design (CEAD) Award for the work in Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment. (National award)

2007 Graduate Certificate Sustainable Heritage Development, Australian National University
2004 General Construction OHS Induction in NSW Workcover No 03493, Hunter Institute TAFE
2000 Master of Design, thesis “Post Occupancy Evaluation of Public Art Programs in Healthcare: Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment POE”. University of South Australia
1995 Volunteer training, ACT Palliative Care Society
1978-79 Undergraduate studies Social Anthropology, and Norwegian Language, Oslo University, Norway
1973-75 Social Communication, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
1971 Diploma Industrial Arts Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Tradition installation, bread, interpreting life in Paris, in collaboration with local bakery, and baker Phillip Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
2013 Communal Table – installation interpreting the Village of Tharwa for Unmade Edges, Portrait of a Nation, work done in collaboration with farmers, local residents and artist Malcolm Cooke.
Message in a BottleGarrafas de Naufragos (December 2010- March 2011), installation exploring the Murrumbidgee River, Canberra Museum and Galleries, Australia
500 Hundred Years, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
Tanque de Pandora, installation, Museu de Arts do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Tanque de Pandora, Galeria Macunaima (Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions, among those are:

2017 “Artists In Residence: arts, heritage and the environment 10 years anniversary celebration” Exhibition, CraftACT Gallery
“Talking Water”, artist residency showing “Blessing of the Waters” ceramic, performance and video work, CraftACT Gallery, Canberra
2007 “Hybrid nests” at the ACT Craft Centre counter
2000 “
Brazil, 500 years”, The Art Shed, Tharwa, ACT
1998 “Relations”, Campbelltown Regional Gallery
1997 “Living Until You Die, Communicating the Experience of Palliative Care”, Canberra
1997 “
A touch of Brazilian Art”, Embassy of Brazil, Canberra
1997 “Mother Earth blesses the Wik Decision”, Canberra Theatre Link Gallery
“One hundred years of solitude”, Fourth leaf Gallery, Newtown, NSW
1995 “Bias Binding” -Women’s Art Register 1975 -1995, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne,
Cowarr Contemporary Art Space, Victoria
1994 TIEC' 94 - Taipei International Exhibition of Ceramics 94, Taipei, Taiwan.
11th 12th and 14th International Biennial of Ceramics of Vallauris, France.
2nd and 3rd International Biennial of Artistic Ceramic, Aveiro, Portugal
Alice Craft Award, Alice Springs, Australia.
International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Grottaglie, Italy.
1st, 2nd and 3rd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
5th, 6th and7th National Award of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
1993/91 2nd and 3rd International Biennial of Artistic Ceramic, Aveiro, Portugal
Alice Craft Award, Alice Springs, Australia.
International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Grottaglie, Italy.
1st, 2nd and 3rd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
5th, 6th and 7th National Award of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.

Public Art Commissions (selected):

2019 Many Hands,
terrace Newborn Care and Birthing, Blacktown Hospital, installation using 1700 hand made pebbles done with the hospital’s staff, visitors and patients
2016 Being and Belonging,
internal water feature, Regional Dialysis Centre, Blacktown Hospital
2012 Wishes of Many, installation using origami work, designed together with Yoshimi Lawler and produced with local communities, staff, visitors and patients of Royal North Shore Hospital
2011/12 Nepean River Suspended, installation work using Nepean River water, Nepean Hospital Intensive Care Unit Light Courtyard
2009/10 Canley Vale Memorial Park, water sensitive urban design and community participation, development of artworks using the clay dug from the park for the construction of rain gardens to create public artworks. Interpretation in collaboration with local groups of water conservation issues.
2008/09 Living Library Kiosk, 300cm x 90 cm, Auburn Hospital. Development of a hospital living library and its documentation through a sculptural touch screen at the main entry lobby.
2008/09 Lullabies, Maternity and Newborn Units, Auburn Hospital, with local women, created a collection of lullabies in 20 languages.
2006 - DNA4RNC 220 cm x 80 cm, sculpture, metal and found objects (30 kg of keys from the Royal Newcastle Hospital as it closed), Forecourt, Royal Newcastle Centre, Hunter New England Health Service
2006 Lotus Pond with Dragon Flies –various elements in metal and glass, collaboration with landscape architects, courtyard size 1500 cm x 700 cm

Examples of Arts Projects and Programs facilitated by Marily Cintra (selected)

Cintra has managed public arts programs in 25 hospitals and healthcare facilities in Australia, most recently Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital, Auburn Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.

2017-20 Westmead Redevelopment Arts and Culture Strategy development of a strategy for the integration of public arts in Westmead Redevelopment, and strategy implementation.
2019 The ArtsLab@Westmead Connectivity Centre development of a space for experimentation of arts in the context of health. Coordinating 10 artists’ residencies

2019 Science Arts Explorers a project focused on young people living with complex health issues and at risk, creation of artworks that are science/arts hibrids.
2015 Telling Tales with Bradfield Senior College and Planet X a project engaging young people in the development of art (visual, literature, film, multimedia) reflecting health heritage. Funded by NSW Environment and Heritage
2013-15 Royal North Shore Hospital Clinical Services Building – planning and implementation of the new Clinical Services Building Public Art and Heritage Program.

2013 Papelnonos, development of a Papelnonos program in Australia, creating musical instruments made of recycled paper and performances with older people. With Martha Fernandez, Bonnyrigg, NSW Australia
2012/ 13 Penrith Mental Health Unit, Nepean Hospital, planning and implementation of public arts for the new mental health unit
2012 Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital Arts and Cultural Strategy,
planning and coordination of an arts and cultural program for Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital Expansion
2011/12 Nepean Hospital Redevelopment, planning and implementation of Nepean Hospital Stage Three Public Arts Program.
2011 /12 Royal North Shore Hospital Redevelopment (RNS Community Health Centre and Acute Services Building) – planning, and implementation of a public art and heritage program
2009 Miller Streets Art Gallery – coordination of design and production of 17 murals by 7 artists and the local community in a disadvantaged area, NSW
2009 Cabravale Park Public Art – public art involving local communities in creating health promoting spaces (heart smart trails, adults exercise area) and environment conservation (Water Sensitive Urban Design and public art, creation of rain garden and community dreams for sustainable future)
2007 /08/09 Auburn Hospital Redevelopment Arts and Cultural Planning
2006/08 I am Still Here,
promoting access to Art Museums and Galleries for people with dementia, a partnership with the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Foundation, the National Gallery of Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia.
2006 Lemongrove Creative Space
, an art space for artists in residence within Aged Care assisted living, Funded by NSW Ministry for the Arts
2005/06 Henry Fulton Nursing Home, Penrith NSW
Arts and Cultural Planning and its implementation.
2003/06 Royal Newcastle Centre, planning and implementation of public art program

Presentations (selected)

2018 “Westmead Redevelopment: The art of engagement” 2018 Patient Experience Symposium, Sydney
2014 “Making health museum collections relevant to local community/ Mettre les collections des musées de la santé accessibles à la population locale. ” Congrès de lSociété Française d’Historie des Sciences et des Techniques, Lyon, France

2013 “The Museum Goes Public: Heritage in Health”4th International Conference of the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 “The Art of Change: Change Management and the Arts” plenary presentation with Kim Brady, 8th Word Congress for Design and Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 “Public Place and Intangible Heritage: the Creation of Contemporary Healing Environments
Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Brisbane
2009 “The Hospital as Cultural Site” plenary - 6th World Congress for Design and Health, Singapore
2007 The Hospital as a Cultural Site: arts and culture in health
– in Engaging Communities, English Media and Art History: Museum Studies, University of Queensland
2007 Art and Health a Successful Partnership- Keynote address at the 9th National Rural Health Conference, Albury, Australia

2006 Evaluating Arts and Cultural Programs in Healthcare Facilitiesin Culture as Element of Design Seminar, Centre for Health Assets Australasia, UNSW
2006 The Role of the Arts in Health Facilities Design – 9th Health Facilities Planning Design Summit, Sydney Australia

© Marily Cintra 2019