Over 1200 artists apply to create custom art installations for new the Teck Acute Care Centre.
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
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
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 (TACC) 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 TACC 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.