@UHN Tunnel Beautification – A Public Space Art Competition

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Introduction: This competition provides a unique opportunity for students and alumni of OCAD University to explore this pathway as well as a self-evident partnership with this type of project. We invite thinkers, architects, designers, artists, and visionaries to imagine innovative solutions inspired by nature

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Background:

Under the University Avenue in Toronto lies a series of underground tunnels, connecting five major hospitals: Hospital for Sick Kids, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret, and Toronto Rehab. They provide a vital link in the City of Toronto’s health system, used by staff and families to transport patients between hospitals day and night, every day of the year. The tunnel system ultimately gives access for medical staff to provide quick and efficient emergency care from one designated area to another. However, over the years the system has fallen into disrepair. It has become an unsightly passageway for patients and healthcare workers.

Improved physical settings can be an essential tool in making hospitals safer, more healing, and better places to work. This transformation has the potential to be an internationally recognized project and will be an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of many. The journey through the underground tunnel between Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai is not the most comfortable ride. For a patient on a gurney, the floors of the tunnels in places are uneven, and although the orderlies know where the worst spots are and try to stay clear of them, in areas, it’s impossible to avoid a rough ride.

Hospital environments are stressful for patients, families and staff members. The need to improve these physical settings can be an essential tool in making this hospital network safer, more healing, and better places to work. The health-giving potential of art to health centres and wellness facilities transforms a public and patient area into an inspiring environment encouraging a sense of serenity and hope for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

The Proposal:

The proposal will be to beautify this network of tunnels. The creative arts can play a valuable role in promoting a positive state and well-being. Fundamentally, art offers authority and meaning to any location. Initially, a series of tenders to architectural firms will provide the necessary plan to deliver a forum for further discussion and the possible delivery of a more sensitive physical setting to the patients and healthcare workers. The University Health Network would like to offer this unique project to OCAD University students  as a competition and art fair to deliver art in a variety of forms and surfaces.

The Design Challenge Theme:

Creating experiences that are inspired by nature. Mounting research suggests that spending time in the outdoors provides a wide range of benefits. For hospital patients, in particular, access to nature is associated with improvements to mental health cognition and stress reduction.  Innately humans have a love and desire for a deep connection to nature. Designers are exploring creative ways to bring the outside world indoors to lower stress levels, improve patient experiences and help people through the healing process. Numerous studies have shown that work, medical recovery is significantly related to the higher fusion of nature into the design and structure of building environments.

Submission and Proposal Information:

Stage 1:

To be included in this competition, you will be required to sign up. The link below allows you to gain access to the site for submissions and communication.

Student Access: Sign-in to Canvas https://canvas.ocadu.ca/enroll/67H7P9

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Stage 2: When you are ready to submit your  images  you will also be required to provide an  Artist Proposal Summary:

Include your background inspiration, medium/methodology and any considerations while processing your creation. Include a costing consideration for budgeting purposes–this will provide context for the architects and the evaluation team.

+ Student Name > Student # > Faculty Designation Program > Contact Info: email

Production Information:

  1. Proposal: Multi-page document Adobe InDesign
  2. Submission Format: Save as a high-resolution pdf, Size: 8.5” x 11” landscape (Once submitted you would receive a confirmation email)

Submission Deadline: November 28, 2019

Competition Guidelines: 

The Focus of the Competition:

In support of the University Hospital Network (UHN) Tunnel Beautification, a plan to renovate underground tunnels connecting five major hospitals (Hospital for Sick Kids, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret, and Toronto Rehab), OCAD University has agreed to mount a competition–hereafter Virtual Art Fair–that is open to OCAD U students and alumni. This is the initial phase of a multiyear project, and as such, is focused on generating imagery for architectural proposals and renderings that will be used to develop the UHN Tunnel Beautification plan. Interested artists are encouraged to submit images (digital files) that may be selected for use by the three architectural firms shortlisted by UHN to create a proposal for the Tunnel Beautification Project. Selected artworks will be embedded in architects’ proposals to the UHN, and OCAD U artists will be compensated for their contribution to this initial ideation phase of the larger project.

Artists whose work is selected through juried Virtual Art Fair will be paid for the use of their work by OCAD University (see Contractural & Fee Management below).

Please note: while future phases of the UHN Tunnel Beautification project may provide opportunities for selected artists and artworks to be enlisted to create public artworks for installation in the renovated tunnels, these opportunities are beyond the scope of OCAD U’s Virtual Art Fair. Future use of submitted artworks–i.e., beyond the architects’ proposals–will be subject to separate contractual relationships and payment plans.

Intellectual Property: All Images and rights relating to this submission(s), including copyright and ownership rights in the media in which the images are stored, remain the sole and exclusive property of the Artist. The submitted images will not be used without the prior consent of the Artist.

Contractual & Fee Management:

Artist Fees: Artists/designers whose work is selected through the Virtual Art Fair and used by the architectural firms will be paid for the use of their work by OCAD University. Payment for artists/designers whose work is selected with be $100 for a single image and $150 for multiple images. The maximum payment for any one artist is $150. Payments will be provided by the OCAD University Office of the President and processed by OCAD U’s Faculty of Art office.

Selected Architect Team: While the implementation of the UHN Tunnel Beautification project may provide opportunities for selected artists to create public artworks for installation in the renovated tunnels, these opportunities are beyond the scope of OCAD U’s Virtual Art Fair. Future use of submitted artworks–i.e., beyond the architects’ proposals–will be subject to separate contractual relationships and payment plans to be negotiated between the architects and artists. Further involvement of OCAD University as a partner or advisor will be decided as the project progresses.

Copyright: The artist retains all copyrights to their artwork without exception.

Age Requirement: This online Juried Art Competition is open to all OCADU students and alumni 18 years of age or older.

The Work Must Be Original: You must be the creator of the art and image file you or your approved representative submit to the competition. Your art must be your original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material. (If your image infringes upon another’s copyright, it will be disqualified.) Upon submitting your work to this competition, you are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials.

Repeat Entries: There is no restriction on entering art that was entered into previous competitions.

Non-Exclusive Permissions: By entering this art competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive, perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on our OCADU website and in our newsletters, and in the marketing of the art competitions to the general public. Artworks will not be used for any other purpose than that which is stated here.

Judging Criteria:

Will the design improve the patient and staff experience?

Is the design attainable, sustainable, and affordable?

Is there a creative interpretation of the subject/ theme?

Does the submitted artwork fit the theme of the competition?

Is the originality of the work compelling?

Is there overall quality and command of the medium being used?

Does the work impact the viewer in relationship to the theme?

The composition and design of the work is also a judging criterion.

Note: The quality of the images submitted will also play a role in the judging process.

Presentation: Provide an impactful visual representation of your design or artwork. Your visual renderings need to appeal to the evaluation team. Please consider supplying additional information about the conception, media, scale, or dimensions of the imaged public realization of the work.