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CALL TO ARTISTS!
ARTWORKS FOR
CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH (CAMH)
QUEEN STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is undergoing a multi‐phased redevelopment of its Queen Street site in downtown Toronto. CAMH is building a new kind of hospital for the 21st century: advancing treatment, revitalizing our community and changing attitudes toward those with mental illness and addictions. With two phases already complete, CAMH’s Redevelopment Project is integrating its 27-acre site on Queen Street West with the community, weaving together new cutting-edge hospital facilities with shops, residences, businesses, parks, and through-streets, creating an inclusive, healing neighbourhood. Nothing quite like this has ever been done before.

For the current phase (1C), CAMH envisions art installations woven throughout the property. Part of daily life, art will be experienced by all – patients, families, staff and visitors. CAMH’s art program will be founded in its mission to transform lives. As an integral part of the therapeutic environment, art will inspire hope and support recovery. Art works will be a reflection of CAMH’s drive for innovation and excellence and will take many forms and media. Approximately 35 unique installations of different scales and types are proposed. Our Guiding Principles are to:

  • Engage the community at large in the urban neighborhood
  • Enhance patient and visitor experience through the healing power of art
  • Serve as intuitive wayfinding landmarks
  • Foster connection and dialogue
  • Interpret the sensory and restorative aspects of the natural world.

We aspire to commission art works that are an expression of the diversity of human experience and reflect the cultural and demographic diversity of the community. Art is a powerful form of story‐telling – sharing, learning, giving pleasure – an instinct and practice as old as humanity.

We have a supportive team in place, so artists should not hesitate to submit their credentials even if they have not previously completed a public art commission.

To secure the “Call to Artists” package of information and submission forms, please visit:
www.camh.ca/redevelopment

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Mills at camhpublicart@gmail.com.

Closing Date for Submissions is September 29, 2016 11:00PM

Preference will be given to artists who are resident in Ontario.