Art Bank Loan Program Contributes to the Reach of Canadian Artists
Did you know that the Art Bank lends artworks from its collection?
As a matter of fact, the Art Bank has a long-standing relationship with Canadian galleries, museums and other cultural institutions, facilitating loans from the collection for both solo and group exhibitions.
With more than 17,000 artworks 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 from coast to coast to coast, including a significant number of artworks by Indigenous artists.
The Art Bank loans artworks to institutions of all sizes, from small community galleries to large national cultural organizations. What makes the Art Bank’s loan program attractive—especially to smaller galleries and cultural institutions—is the depth and breadth of the collection, in addition to the ease of borrowing. The Art Bank makes the loan process simple and easy to navigate.
Art Bank loans from April 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019
Interactive map showing where Art Bank artworks have been exhibited through the Art Bank loan program since April 2019. Use the map to see which artworks from the collection are on display near you!
The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd (on view between June 29, 2019 and January 5, 2020) features two works from the Art Bank collection—see images of these works below.
Curated by Michelle Gewurtz, the exhibition is based on her publication Molly Lamb Bobak: Life and Work produced for the Art Canada Institute. You can see artworks from the Art Bank collection—and learn more about this renowned Canadian artist—by both visiting the exhibition in Ottawa or reading the publication online!
Molly Lamb Bobak, Shediac Beach (N.B.) (1972)
Molly Lamb Bobak, Rink Theme - Skaters (1969)
Visit our blog page to see other examples from the Art Bank loan program.
So when planning your next exhibition, why not explore the collection at artbank.ca? We would be delighted to loan one or several pieces to your next show. Contact the Art Bank to find out more.
About the Author: Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith is the exhibitions and outreach assistant with the Canada Council Art Bank. She administers the loan program that allows Canadian galleries, museums and other cultural institutions to borrow artworks for group and solo exhibitions, as well as the Art Bank’s exhibition and outreach activities.