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Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Art Council

Support Our Work

We rely on your generosity to bring arts into our healthcare setting. If you have a passion for healthcare and the arts, please consider supporting the OTMH Art Council in one of the following ways:

If you are an artist or collector and would like to donate or loan a work of art, please contact us using this form.

Please submit the above forms to: OTMHartcouncil@haltonhealthcare.com


Wanderings: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art

"To be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery." ―Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Wanderings is curated by Shannon Anderson and features artwork by Kim Adams, John Armstrong, Conrad Bobiwash, Panya Clark Espinal, Douglas Coupland, Steve Driscoll, Neeta Madahar, P. Mansaram, Andrew McPhail, Monica Tap and David Urban. The exhibition places a particular focus on art that meanders along places and ideas.

Click here to view our Wanderings Exhibition Tour Guide.

About the Art Council

The Art Council’s mandate is to collect (through donations or loans), curate and display works of art that inspire and bring joy to our patients, visitors and their families as well as staff, physicians and volunteers.

The new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital comprises 1.6 million square feet of space as well as exterior gardens and open spaces. This provides significant opportunity to display moving, inspiring and supportive works of art. The Council will build on the hospital’s existing collection and work with artists, collectors and benefactors to help create a space of healing.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution to support our work. Click here.

The Art of Healing

Art provides comfort, inspiration and joy. It also helps heal and reduce stress. Science shows that art has a direct physiological effect on our bodies:

  • Viewing art can prompt a ‘joy’ response in the brain, just like seeing a loved one. This can increase blood flow by 10 per cent.
  • One hospital reported a 60 per cent drop in patient stress as a result of art displayed in the facility.
  • Engaging with art has been found to reduce anxiety and stress.

Featured Artists

Texaco Station, Tremont Ave and Dock St, Bronx, NY, 1936 (printed later)
Gelatin silver prints
Private collection, Mississauga


Berenice Abbott

Born in Ohio in 1898, Berenice Abbott spent two years in Europe absorbing the cultural ferment of the times. She studied sculpture in Berlin and Paris and experimented with poetry before taking up the camera in 1923 (after assisting Man Ray, the famed Surrealist and Dadaist). Abbott opened a studio in Paris where she photographed many of the leading lights of Europe’s culture scene including Jean Cocteau and James Joyce. In 1929 she began the next great phase of her photographic career when she moved to New York City and began documenting the street scenes of that metropolis. She remained an active and influential figure in American photography. Abbott died in 1991 at the age of 93

Left to right: Peanut Butter, Snouts and Ears, 2016 and Holy Volk #5, 2016
Plastic models
Courtesy of the Artist

Kim Adams

Canadian artist Kim Adams is known for his assemblage type sculptures that incorporate the readymade and prefabricated to explore social structures, the implications of technology and mobility, and the divide between life and art. Adams has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally, and his works have been shown both in sanctioned gallery spaces, as well as out amongst the public. His challenging aesthetic and sense of humor emerge throughout his diverse practice.

Kim Adams has been showing for almost three decades and is currently based in Toronto. Recent solo shows include Artist Colony (Bureau de change, 75th Anniversary of the Banff Centre) at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Roadside Attractions at Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria, and Bugs and Dragons at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Recent group shows include Beyond/In Western New York 2010 in Buffalo, NY, Insidersat the Musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, and El Geni de Les Coses at the Office for Artistic Diffusion (ODA) in Barcelona. He is the subject of numerous books and catalogues, and his work is part of many major public collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Centraal Museum in Holland.

Fragile series, 2013
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Abbozzo Galler

Janice Mason Steeves

Graduating with an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba, Janice Mason Steeves held clinical and school psychology positions in Manitoba and Ontario before leaving the field to focus on painting. Further studies were completed at the Ontario College of Art and Design where she graduated with an Honours Diploma in Drawing and Painting and was the recipient of the Nora E. Vaughan Award. She is represented by galleries in Canada and the US. Her work is included in numerous corporate and public collections both in Canada and internationally, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, The Schulich School of Business (York University), CIBC World Markets (London), First Gulf, Intrawest Corporation, the Senvest Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Calgary).

In addition to her studio practice, Mason Steeves teaches abstract painting workshops using cold wax and oil in Canada, the US and Sweden. She also has an active art mentoring program where she works online with students in Europe, the US and Canada. She has been awarded artist residencies in Spain and Ireland.

Contact Us

If you have a question or comment for the Art Council, please contact: OTMHartcouncil@haltonhealthcare.com

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