Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Art Council

Crafted: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art is curated by Shannon Anderson and features work by Kim Adams, Carmelo Arnoldin, Lizz Aston, Janet Morton, Monika Napier, Ed Pien, Breanna Shanahan, Jay Wilson and Xiaojing Yan. Crafted brings together contemporary artworks that draw from traditional crafting methods with unconventional results. Whether weaving with pop cans, or piecing together words from hundreds of toothpicks, these artworks encompass a wide range of materials and techniques in order to emphasize the value of repetitive and labour intensive practices.This kind of intricate hand-work has a long history of providing comfort in many forms, and these unexpected and highly individualized interpretations of the medium are intended to add vibrancy, energy, and intrigue to the hospital environment.

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

Cloud Cell - Halton Healthcare

Cloud Cell

Xiaojing Yan

Born in Nanjing, China, Xiaojing Yan now lives and works in Toronto. As a sculptor, she works with a variety of materials, including wax, fibres, tissue paper, wood, shell and silk. Her work reflects themes such as immigration and identity. Her art has been exhibited in Canada, China and the United States and also been featured in the Globe and Mail, Sculpture and Canadian Art magazines. Xiaojing Yan holds an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Nanjing Art Institute.


Little Black Lake and Boogie Board - Halton Healthcare

Little Black Lake and Boogie Board

Jennifer Walton

Jennifer Walton’s paintings hang in numerous public and private collections and have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She strives to capture the fragility of place in her work. Jennifer has given artist talks and been artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of Michigan and McMaster University. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MFA from Concordia University.


Jay Wilson, Above All Else, 2011, toothpicks, twigs, glue, 74 x 175 x 10 cm, 
Courtesy of the Artist

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson’s work explores pattern and colour in intricate and labour intensive creations, including some constructed of toothpicks. He has exhibited both in Canada and internationally, most notably at the Havana Biennale and in Bologna, Italy. He holds a BSc in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph as well as an MFA from York University and an AOCA in environmental design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. In addition to his art, Jay is a professor of design in the joint Sheridan College-University of Toronto at Mississauga Art and Design program.


Support Our Work

We rely on the generosity of our patrons to deliver our program. If you have a passion for healthcare and the arts, please consider supporting our mission. There are many ways you can help:

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

Contact Us

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

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