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The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Ottawa Hospital introduce the TRIAS Art Prize

March 24, 2022

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, the Indigenous and Inuit Healing art awardand the Art as Healing award.

OTTAWA ON, Mars 24, 2022 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) are pleased to announce a new arts award program to help rejuvenate and reignite the Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding community through creativity.

The Creative Wellbeing partnership proudly introduces the TRIAS Art Prize, bringing together the Ottawa Art Gallery, The Ottawa Hospital and community support—as a means to recognize art and the artist’s role in healing and wellness.

In 2019, OAG, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and The Ottawa Hospital 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.

The TRIAS Art Prize is intended 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 thematics related to healing, renewal and community.

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

Art and Science Residency, prize: $10,000
A selected artist will be paired with a hospital researcher or clinical practitioner to create an artwork that explores a field of research. The residency will run for one to three months.

Indigenous and Inuit Healing art award, prize: $10,000
Honorable mention: $5,000
The selected artwork by an Indigenous or Inuit artist will exemplify the thematics of cultural continuity, resilience, and community connection.

Art as Healing, prize: $10,000
Honorable Mention: $5,000The selected artworks will exemplify the thematics 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 and Inuit Healing Art Honorable Mention prize is provided by The Lawson Foundation.

The application portal opens on April 30, 2022 with the application deadline being on July 30, further details to come.

About The Ottawa Hostpital (TOH)
The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s top learning and research hospitals, where excellent care is inspired by research and driven by compassion. As the third-largest employer in Ottawa, our support staff, researchers, nurses, physicians, and volunteers never stop seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges.

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
The Ottawa Art Gallery is situated on traditional Anishinābe Aki and is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.
50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5, CANADA | 613.233.8699 |

OAG receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. 

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