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In recent years, a clear case has been established to support the idea that art has healing benefits. The addition of art in hospitals and health centres has been on the rise over the last decade in an effort to:

•  Reduce stress for patients, families, staff and visitors

•  Improve patient, family and staff experience

•  Develop a warm, inviting physical space for care to be provided

•  Create dynamic dialogue through exposure to different types of artistic expression

Art@RVH is transforming the idea of care and community through the selective acquisition and placement of contemporary fine art at RVH. Our goal is to provide an enhanced and uplifting experience for patients, their families, professional medical staff and members of the community during their visiting or working hours.

To connect with a member of the Art@RVH committee, please email us at


Artist: Ted Fullerton "Aristotle's Square", 2011.
Cast Resin and Steel


Art@RVH coordinates the following:

•  The creation of a progressive permanent collection for RVH through the strategic acquisition of contemporary fine art

•  Temporary and permanent installation of art throughout the buildings and grounds

•  Operation of RVH’s Corridor Gallery

•  Supporting arts programming

•  Partnerships with community groups and external groups


Permanent Collection 

Art@RVH is creating a permanent art collection that includes a range of contemporary art forms such as original paintings, sculpture, original fine art prints and fine art photography. The collection can be viewed along the walls of high-traffic areas throughout the Health Centre, the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, the adjacent Rotary Place as well as the RVH grounds. Art@RVH is committed to supporting and promoting the local arts community within Simcoe Muskoka and arts programs at neighbouring Georgian College.  


Artist: John Hartman in his studio with artwork "Norgate Inlet from Above the Duquesne Channel", 2014, Oil on Linen.

One of Canada's most celebrated painters, John Hartman is known for both his landscapes and international cityscapes but his most familiar terrain is Georgian Bay. Art@RVH is delighted to have this artwork as part of the RVH Permanent Collection.

"Georgian Bay is my home landscape. It defines my sense of space, light and scale. I spend each summer on an island south of Britt in the archipelago of islands that forms the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay. I work directly from nature making small landscape paintings of the flat, rocky shoreline, and changeable sky and water that make this area so intriguing to paint." - John Hartman

Installation View of John Hartman painting "Norgate Inlet from Above the Duquesne Channel", 2014, Oil on Linen.

Artist: Katherine Knight "Double Bubble", "Erica and Bubble" and "Bubble", 2000.
Resin Coated Silver Prints Bonded to Plexi - Glass

Artist: Amy Switzer "Untitled", 2008.
Charcoal and Watercolour on Paper


Corridor Gallery

The Corridor Gallery can be accessed from RVH's Main Entrance, located just beyond the main lobby and Imaging Services.

As a healing environment our aim is to provide a calm, tranquil experience for all who travel through our spaces. To accomplish this, in addition to our permanent collection, Art@RVH is proud to coordinate RVH's "Corridor Gallery" where all can enjoy a display of rotating art exhibits, open year round.   

The Corridor Gallery serves as a dynamic destination for everyone to experience art from a broad array of sources and media. Whether you experience the gallery during an inpatient stay, in between tests or clinic visits, on lunch breaks, or while waiting for a loved one to receive treatment, we hope you will enjoy your visit.


Installation View "Doctors Collecting", Inaugural Exhibition in Corridor Gallery.
Artworks from the personal art collections of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Delaney and Dr. and Mrs. George Lougheed.

Installation View, Preview of Accenture Corporation Gift of Artwork.