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Health care through a new lens

from the June 27, 2011 issue of Connect

Health care through a new lens

2011 has been a year dedicated to celebrating a century of innovation and groundbreaking advances in women’s health and ambulatory care, through a host of events honouring Women’s College Hospital’s 100th anniversary. On June 9, the final instalment in a series of external events took place – a launch reception kicking off a photo-based art exhibit examining the relationship between art, healing and health care. The exhibit, entitled Being She: The culture of women’s health and health care through the lens of wholeness, was hosted by Women’s College Hospital at the Gladstone Hotel.

“What better way to celebrate 100 years of women’s health than with a party,” said Marilyn Emery, president and CEO, as she addressed the crowd. “And a party filled with empowering work that exemplifies the pride, compassion, heart and innovation that is present the moment you step through our doors at Women’s College.”

Conceived by a committee of community volunteers and curated by some of the leading-edge members of Toronto’s arts scene, the exhibit features stunning images from an array of Canadian artists expressing representations of women’s health and health care while exploring issues of empowerment, diversity, identity and embodiment.

“I have had the privilege over the last year and a half to come to know more about Women’s College Hospital,” said Christina Zeidler, chair of the Being She committee and president of the Gladstone Hotel. “I have been struck by the beauty and simplicity of their mandate: to look at the whole person while treating and caring for their illness. I hope tonight you see in the work a reflection of that mandate and a continuing dialogue about this idea.”

Featured artists included Sarah Anne Johnson, Nina Levitt, Jane Martin and Meryl McMaster, whose pieces will remain on display at the Gladstone Hotel until Aug. 1. They were accompanied by 25 artists who responded to an open call and had their art carefully selected by a curatorial jury.

“This sparkling evening – replete with flowers, art both found and commissioned, women of all ages, shapes, sizes and genders delighting in each other’s company, laughing and talking on all floors of the beautiful old restored Gladstone – made us feel welcome, at home and included in this public space,“ said Carolyn MacLeod, a guest at the reception. “It seems to me that art and art making are vital signs of health and well-being, whatever the context. I am grateful for this evening of Being She.”

For more information on the exhibit, and to view the images from the juried art display, please click here.

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