Partners in Art Initiative

Sample artwork

Our Initiative is Art

The Partners in Art Initiative is a program at The Royal that recognizes artistic talent. Its purposes are to:

  • provide a permanent venue for visual artists to display their works to The Royal’s community
  • provide artists with the option of selling their works while on public display
  • acknowledge the importance of art in enhancing the health and well being of an individual
  • breakdown the stigma associated with mental illness
  • raise funds for the Partners in Art Initiative Bursary Fund

The Partners in Art Initiative Committee welcomes artwork from clients, staff, volunteers of The Royal and its partners.

What We Do

Art is displayed in several designated areas for both long- and short-term periods. You can help us grow by submitting your artwork, volunteering on the committee, purchasing artwork or donating to the Bursary Fund.

A percentage of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Partners in Art Initiative Bursary Fund. This fund is used to assist artists by helping to pay for education or supplies. Contact the committee or read for information below to learn more.

Art Criteria

Artwork can include the following: sketches, paintings, prints, sculptures, tapestries and photography. There are restrictions on the size of the art you can submit. Graphic depictions of violence or pornography will not be considered. An artist may have no more than two pieces on display at any time. A separate committee will decide, through the jury process, which works will be accepted for display.

Call for Art

Each year, a call for art will be issued in the winter, summer and fall. Each artist may submit two pieces of art. Maximum size for each piece is no larger than 18 x 24 inches or 432 square inches. Entries must be properly labelled (title, media, artist’s name, price) and ready to hang; assuring that framework is stable and secure.

Click here for the consent form.

Artwork is being received on:

Monday, January 29, 2024 – 1:30–3 p.m. at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (1145 Carling Ave.) in room 1420 (near the auditorium).

Open to consumers, staff and volunteers of The Royal and affiliated agencies.

Artist may pick up previously displayed art on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 1:452:45 p.m. in the Winter Garden.

Buyers can pick up and pay for their artwork during this time.

The Partners in Art Bursary Fund


To support clients of The Royal and its partners in furthering their creativity through courses or materials.


The recipient must:

  • Use the funds for purchasing art supplies or for art education (course or workshop). 
  • Have contributed a piece(s) of art for display. 
  • Have declared a need for financial assistance.

The applicant must:

  • Complete The Royal’s Partners in Art Initiative Art Fund Application. 
  • Return completed application form to by the submission deadline. 
  • Provide receipt(s).

Contact will be made by a Partners in Art Initiative committee member to confirm approval of funds.

The art bursary deadline is Wednesday February 7, 2024 (can be given in person at Call for Art or email at

General Information

 The bursary is awarded three times a year. 

  • One application per person, per year will be accepted. 
  • The maximum awarded will be $100 per applicant. 
  • Two members of the Partners in Art Initiative Committee must approve the request for funds. 
  • The money in this fund comes from donations and proceeds from the sale of art through the Partners in Art Initiative. 
  • Any questions about the Partners in Art Initiative are to be left at +1 (613) 722-6521, ext. 6010. 
  • Click here for the application form


For more information

To view pieces of art available for sale