Call for artwork leads to thousands of submissions

Over 1200 artists apply to create custom art installations for new the Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children's.

In March 2016, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation put out a national call inviting artists to submit their original work to a project called the Children’s Healing Experience Project (CHEP). This project will help create an overall sense of a healing environment by offering imagery that is calming, helps tell stories, is fun to look at, educational and engages people of all ages.
By the submission deadline of May 2016, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation had received a record number of applications – 1,247, making it the largest response of its kind in North America for a pediatric hospital call for art.
A special committee is currently reviewing the submissions and gathering feedback from focus groups made up of patients and their siblings, hospital clinicians and advisory committee volunteers. In May, the first committee meeting was held to review the artists that had applied to the project and select the muralists. The selected artists were then assigned spaces in the hospital to develop concept design sketches for those spaces. In July, the committee came together again to review the concept designs and provide feedback. One of the approved concept designs for an interior door in an ultrasound exam room is shown to the right.
The CHEP is meant to enrich the healing environment of the Teck Acute Care Centre (Teck ACC) at BC Children's Hospital with purposeful art that improves patient care and the patient experience. Artwork has shown to help patients recover faster and reduce anxiety and stress for visitors, patients and staff.
Other public art and enhancements will also be incorporated in the Teck ACC and on the hospital campus to reflect a holistic approach to health care.
More information about CHEP is available on their website
Photo: Approved concept design for ultrasound exam room interior door art by artist Nichola Lytle.

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