Three prizes, totalling $40,000, will be awarded in recognition of the art and artist’s role in healing and wellness, featuring

  • The Art and Science Residency Award
  • The Indigenous Art as Healing Award
  • The Art as Healing Award

The selected artworks will become part of The Ottawa Hospital Collection.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) are cooperating on this new arts award program to help rejuvenate and reignite the Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding community through creativity.

In 2019, OAG, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and TOH launched Creative Wellbeing an inspired partnership focusing on supporting art and creativity initiatives in the hospital environment, celebrating diversity and enhancing social cohesion in the community. Research has shown that the inclusion of art in the healing environment produces beneficial outcomes that include reduced stress and faster recovery as well as creating a humanizing space for patients, their families and healthcare staff.

As part of the Creative Wellbeing partnership, the TRIAS Art Prize brings together OAG, TOH and community support as a means to recognize art and the artist’s role in healing and wellness.

The TRIAS Art Prize intends to infuse TOH public spaces with art, enhancing care through the restorative power of art, and to support artists from the regions served by The Ottawa Hospital – Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut – who have a community-based practice or whose artwork explores themes related to healing, renewal and community.


Saturday April 30, 2022, 9:00 AM EST

Saturday July 30, 2022, 6 pm EST

All materials must be received in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s submission portal no later than 6 pm EST on Saturday, 30 July, 2022.

Tuesday August 30, 2022

Thursday September 15 , 2022



The TRIAS Art Prize awards program is valued at $40,000 through three main prizes and two honorable mentions:

  • Art and Science Residency Award: $10,000
    The selected artist will be paired with a hospital researcher or clinical practitioner to create an artwork that explores a field of research focused on one of The Ottawa Hospital’s five scientific programs: Cancer Therapeutics; Chronic Disease; Clinical Epidemiology; Neuroscience; and Regenerative Medicine. The residency will run for one to three months.
  • Indigenous, Art as Healing Award: $10,000
    Honorable Mention: $5,000
    The selected artwork by an Inuit, First Nations, or Métis artist will exemplify the theme of cultural continuity, resilience, and community connection.
  • Art as Healing Award: $10,000
    Honorable Mention: $5,000
    The selected artworks will exemplify the theme of healing, renewal and community.

Ottawa residents Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair, who have been integral to Creative Wellbeing since its inception, have provided the inaugural funding for the awards. The Indigenous, Art as Healing Award Honorable Mention is provided by The Lawson Foundation.


Eligibility: Artists who reside in the catchment area of The Ottawa Hospital; including Nunavut, Kitigan Zibi First Nation, Pikwakanagan First Nation, the Ottawa Valley the Cornwall area, and Western Quebec. The successful works will be appropriate for a public health-care setting, enhance the healing environment, and support the wellbeing of patients, families, and staff members.

Equity: OAG and TOH extends a commitment to equity in every aspect of our organizations and recognize that structural inequalities create significant barriers to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities, from individuals who identify as Inuit, First Nations, Métis, Black, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, and 2ELGBTQQIA+ and/or persons living at intersectionalities.

Accessibility: OAG and TOH fully supports the inclusion of persons with disabilities. In accordance with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the OAG and TOH strive to conduct its business in a way that is accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Application Assistance: If you require assistance in the application process for any reason, please indicate that here, and we will reach out to you by email.

Fair Market Value: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the prizes listed above cover the market value of their artworks, which includes their production time, material and/or presentation (framing) costs, and accounts for any known pre-established fair market value of their work.

Jury: The jury will be composed of representatives from The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Art Gallery curatorial department, and community members. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to participate in a virtual presentation of their work.


 PLEASE NOTE: Submissions will only be accepted via this digital submission form. Please do not send submissions by email or hard copies by mail.