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COVID-19 Commemorative Art Project

St. Mary’s General Hospital invites local artists to submit their qualifications and proposals for the design of an interior art piece to commemorate the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on our community.Art Palate

For this project, we are seeking public artwork suitable for an indoor environment to allow patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, and visitors the opportunity to reflect and remember the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Mary’s General Hospital. This art piece will be symbolic to the hospital and its legacy as an organization.



Art Requirements:

  • We are seeking an art piece appropriate for an indoor environment. For example, a painted mural on a panel, a mosaic that incorporates various materials, a movable structure/sculpture.
  • The art piece must be movable (the art piece will be fixed to the area by canvas, panel, or other material recommended by artist).
  • The art piece must withstand regular cleaning.

The art piece should reflect community and staff stories and experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic marks an unprecedented event, that will forever be part of our legacy as an organization. The purpose of this art piece is to commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Mary's General Hospital and provide a medium to share the stories and experiences of staff members, physicians, volunteers, and patients. 

Throughout the last two years, the team at St. Mary's rose to every challenge they faced during the pandemic and prioritized the needs of our patients and community. We made it through multiple waves of the pandemic, while continuing to provide exceptional patient care.

The maximum budget for this project is $50,000, inclusive of GST, insurance, materials and equipment necessary for the installation. The artist will be provided 60% of the total estimated cost of the project up front and the remaining upon completion. Shortlisted artists who present to the selection committee will be compensated $350.

Project Conditions:

  • Original Work
  • Copyright
  • Durability
  • Contract
  • Insurance

For full project details, please review the Project Guideline Document.

Request for Proposals Open: August 29th, 2022 - September 30th, 2022

Site Visit: A site visit is available upon request between August 29th - September 30th. Interested artists can reach out to wellness@smgh.ca to schedule a visit.

Shortlist Artists Notified: October 28th, 2022

Shortlist Artists Present to Selection Committee: November 23rd, 2022

Final Artist Selection: December 5th, 2022

Art Piece Installation: We are aiming to have the artwork installed within a six month time-period beginning December 2022, but will be negotiated with artist in contract. We will hold an unveiling upon project completion. Artist hours are between 8 am - 6 pm. Air scrubber (to filter air) will be provided, if needed.

The chosen site for the art piece is in the centre of the Main Lobby, beneath the main staircase. It was chosen because it is a location with high traffic and visibility. This location will encourage engagement with the art piece as staff, physicians, volunteers, and visitors enter the hospital. 

Dimensions: 105" x 97.5" x 62"


We ask the art piece has the option to be moved, as we are in the initial stages of building for growth to address the longer-term infrastructure needs of the hospital. 

Artist or art collectives must submit the following, prepared as described below, in order to qualify for consideration:

  • Submission Form - Please download and complete.
  • Artist Statement and Bio
  • Statement of Intent
  • Project Timeline
  • Estimated Project Cost
  • Concept Design
  • References
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Previous Works

For full details about each requirement for application, please review the full Project Guidelines Document.

Please download the submission form, complete all application requirements and submit in one single email to wellness@smgh.ca by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 30th, 2022. Please use the subject line: COVID-19 Art Application - [Your Name].

St. Mary's General Hospital welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please contact wellness@smgh.ca

The final selection for this project will be chosen through a two-stage process:

Stage 1:

All eligible proposals received on September 30th, will be reviewed by a committee, and three to five artists will be shortlisted.

The evaluation process of submissions will be guided by, although not limited to, the following:

  • Understanding of the project
  • Artistic excellence and creativity
  • Artists' response to site location
  • Relevant experience completing public art projects of a similar scope
  • Potential impact of proposed artwork
  • Strategy to engage the St. Mary's community and channel their experiences through the art medium

All artists will be notified if their submission is moving to Stage 2 at the end of October, 2022.

Stage 2:

The shortlisted artists will be invited to visit the hospital and present to a selection committee at the end of November. The committee will vote on their chosen artist for the art piece. The chosen artist will be notified at the beginning of December.


For full project details and a review of the application requirements, download a copy of the Project Guidelines Document. Please reach out to wellness@smgh.ca if you have any questions about the project, or requirements for submission.