For more information about the Waiting
Room Gallery, contact Debra Krakow at 613-544-3400 ext. 2421, or
email [email protected].
The worlds of art and health care will soon
intersect at Hotel Dieu Hospital with the launch of The Waiting
Room Gallery, a new juried art exhibit set to enliven clinic
waiting areas across the hospital. Breaking new ground in
hospitals as the first juried exhibit to enhance the clinical
experience of patients, families and staff, the gallery put
out its first call for entries today.
Patients can arrive for their appointments feeling anxious
and unwell,” explains Debra Krakow, Capital Projects
Manager at Hotel Dieu. “If they can relax and enjoy
their time in the waiting room, they’ll be in a better
frame of mind to receive care. A painting or photograph
can do a wonderful job of transporting the viewer to a
place far removed from the hospital setting.”
Artists and their work will be selected based on their
ability to embrace the gallery’s mission to calm, inspire and
heal, says Krakow. And while all media are acceptable, space
constraints mean that only artwork that can be hung on the
walls will be considered: “We can accommodate works
up to 42” high x 72” wide. If necessary, we’ll
try to find suitable spaces for larger pieces.”
Artists will be able to exhibit their work for four-month
periods in the rotating exhibit. The hospital will not collect
any commission on sales.
The new gallery promises to create really meaningful encounters
between contemporary art and those working in and accessing
health care, says Jan Allen, Curator of Contemporary Art at
the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Chair of the Advocacy
Committee of the Kingston Arts Council.
“As a zone of enforced passivity and anticipation, the
waiting room offers an exceptional space for reflection, curiosity
and contemplation. I look forward to seeing how artists respond
to this opportunity.”
For more information about The Waiting Room Gallery, contact
Debra Krakow at 613-544-3400 ext. 2421, or email [email protected].
Hotel Dieu Hospital is an ambulatory care teaching hospital
that provides expert and compassionate care to more than 500,000
people in the Kingston area and southeastern Ontario. Our specialized
clinics include services in pediatrics, ophthalmology, diabetes
education, breast assessment, day surgery, acute care psychiatry
and urgent care. Affiliated with Queen’s University,
we work in partnership with Kingston’s university hospitals
to deliver quality health care and we take pride in training
the health care professionals of tomorrow.