Call for Expressions of Interest: Phase 1D Redevelopment at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Phase 1-D Redevelopment
Forensic Building
Research Building

Issued: July 7, 2022

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital and is one of the world’s leading research centres. Through the multi-phased redevelopment of its Queen Street West site, CAMH is transforming what was once a walled institution into an inclusive, respectful, dignified campus.

CAMH’s art program is founded in its belief that Mental Health is Health. As an integral part of the environment, art will inspire hope, support recovery, guide wayfinding through visual cues and reflect CAMH’s drive for innovation and discovery.

Phase 1D

Phase 1D includes the construction of a new Secure Care and Recovery building to support CAMH’s forensic service, and a separate new and innovative Brain Research Facility.

Secure Care and Recovery Building

The Therapeutic Art Program for the Secure Care and Recovery Building will enhance the patient, visitor and staff experience through the healing power of art, to create moments of calm, reduce agitation and promote healing. Installations will respond to specific requirements for safety, patient comfort and operational considerations. Artists will be able to collaborate with CAMH staff and patients in the development of concepts.

Research Building

The Therapeutic Art Program for the Research Building will align with the Design Vision of “an inviting, globally recognized symbol of brain science and mental health discovery, hope, and fortitude that stimulates multi-disciplinary collaboration, inspires possibility, and embraces sustainable infrastructure”.

As part of CAMH’s commitment to Therapeutic Art, we are issuing this invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) to artists living or born in Canada. Artists who responded to the earlier Phase 1-C EOI in 2016 are welcome to apply. CAMH aspires to commission art works that:

  • express the human experience
  • engage the community at large in the urban neighbourhood, and
  • embrace equity and inclusion including CAMH’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Anti-Black systemic racism and other equity seeking groups.

Artists selected to work on this project will be engaged in a journey of discovery to create environments that are supportive of the healing process and/ or exemplify the spirit of knowledge discovery and brain science.

Additional information about the specific objectives for each program is described in the CAMH Therapeutic Art Program Guidelines (posted with application form). The opportunities will be subject to CAMH’s future budget and site constraints.

We have a supportive team in place, so artists should not hesitate to submit their credentials even if they have not previously completed a public art commission.

To secure the “Call for Artists Expressions of Interest” application form and the Therapeutic Art Program Guidelines, download from:

Closing Date for Submissions is July 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM EDT to be emailed to: AND

Late submissions will not be considered.

This program is directed solely to artists born or living in Canada. Artist agents, gallerists, architects and designers are not eligible to apply.

Image credits: All My Relations, Rebecca Baird. The artist would like to acknowledge the collaboration with Kenny Baird, designer, Mike Mansor, design illustrator, William Lazlo, painter, Alfred Engerer, glass artist and fabricator Eventscape.