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Name:        Marily Cintra
Location:  Tharwa, ACT Australia
Job:           Artist, Thinker
Subjects:  Ceramics, Public Art, Writing
Contact:   Marily Cintra

Name:        Malcolm Cooke
Location:   Tharwa, ACT Australia
Job:           Artist
Subjects:  Ceramics, Public Art, Graphics, Photography
Contact:     Malcolm Cooke


Ecology and Art House- EArtH - is Malcolm Cooke and Marily Cintra’s studio in Tharwa. At EArtH besides finding their recent work you are able to engage in arts for sustainable living movement.


Marily Cintra, MDes Founder and executive director

Marily Cintra is an artist who works in social contexts since 1967.  She is the founder and director of Placemaking (Identity, Environment & Art), an arts organisation with focus on community participation in the design of public places. In 1997 Identity won the Australia Council for the Arts award “Community, Environment, Art and Design” for their work at Liverpool Hospital, “ a model of innovation and creative place-making”. In 1998 Marily won the New South Wales Women and the Arts Fellowship for her work in arts and health. In 2006 Marily won the Ros Bower Award

She has a Master of Design (University of South Australia, 2000) with thesis focused on Post Occupancy Evaluation of Public Art Programs in healthcare facilities. She is at the moment a candidate for a Master Degree in Sustainable Cultural Heritage, Australian National University.

Marily is an accomplished artist, winner of various awards for her work and represented in many international public and private collections. Until 1995 Marily participated in more than 60 exhibitions including at the Victoria National Gallery (Bias Binding), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (1992, solo) and International Biennial of Ceramic, Vallouris, France (11th, 12th and 14th Biennials).


Marily coordinated the public art and cultural planning for 18 health care facilities in Australia: Royal Newcastle Centre, Henry Fulton Nursing Home, Lemongrove Gardens Hostel, Wyong Mental Health Centre, Gosford Hospital, Wyong Hospital, Nepean Hospital, John Hunter Hospital, Camden Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital, Fairfield Fairfield Hospital, Corella Lodge Detoxification Unit, Braeside Hospital, Bankstown Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Canberra Hospital, Auburn Hospital and Auburn Co.  She implemented the plans in 11 health care facilities of which 10 have continued with on going programs.

Marily has coordinated hundreds of art commissions for healthcare facilities. She applied Post Occupancy Evaluations of Public Art Programs in Liverpool, Fairfield and John Hunter Hospitals. All evaluations showed great support and appreciation for the public art programs, resulting in further development of the on going programs. 

All arts and cultural plans included arts collections documentation and policies. The arts collection policy developed for the Sydney Children’s Hospital was endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as Deductible Gift Recipient.

Marily presented her work in numerous international conferences. She lectured Arts in Health and Community at the University of Newcastle, School of Fine Arts during 2002 and 2004. She has presented her work as invited lecturer at the School of Design, Montreal University, Australian National University, University of New South Wales, University of Technology, Sydney and University of Newcastle.

Marily is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Norwegian


Malcolm Cooke Dip Art

Malcolm has a Diploma in Fine Arts, Major Ceramics (1970, Bendigo Institute of Technology). He trained at Bendigo Pottery and has 36 years experience as ceramic artist and manager of ceramic studios. He is represented in various national and international collections including the Queen Victoria Museum, Lauceston, Tasmania, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Australia and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. 

He has been commissioned for many public art works and provided technical support for numerous community art projects.  Most recently he designed the artworks for lift lobbies and lift interiors of the Royal Newcastle Centre for the Hunter New England Area Health Service (image on glass, 2005), Liverpool Mental Health Centre, main entry (image on glass, 2006), Pialla Mental Health Unit, Nepean Hospital, patient’s courtyard (water feature, seats and pavement work (2005)

Malcolm has managed Cuppacumbalong Pottery for over 10 years and since 1992 he is the director of The Art Shed, a pottery studio in the ACT.