About the Art Bank

The Canada Council for the Arts established the Art Bank in 1972 to raise awareness of the remarkable breadth and quality of Canadian art being produced at the time. The aim was to purchase works and make them available to a wide public across the country.

Since then, Canadian art has continued to grow and earn acclaim nationally and on the world stage. The Art Bank collection has also grown: With more than17,000 works by over 3,000 artists, the Art Bank has the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art anywhere. It houses paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints by emerging and established artists, including those from Aboriginal and culturally diverse backgrounds. The collection is currently valued at over $71 million.

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