Artist Relief Initiative

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Artist Relief Initiative

The Colart Collection is pleased to announce the relaunch of its acquisition activities. In view of the current global pandemic, the collection is making available an acquisition budget of $125,000 to provide much needed financial support to emerging artists across Canada.

Although all spheres of society are impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, artists are among the most vulnerable to the pandemic’s long-term economic effects.

In an effort to support up-and-coming artists and provide them with a stepping stone for advancing their career, Colart is launching an artist relief initiative.

The collection will acquire up to 25 artworks—with a maximum value of $5,000 each—for its corporate collection in Montreal.

The call for submissions is open from June 8 to July 5, 2020.

Emerging Canadian artists are invited to submit up to three artworks electronically, following the procedure detailed below. The selection process will value inclusion, equality, and respect for diversity. The works will be selected during the summer of 2020.


Applicants must be:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Professional artists with less than 10 years of experience, on the basis of a first solo exhibition presented in a recognized venue in the field of contemporary art.

A professional artist designates an artist who is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same art discipline), has received a form of professional recognition (awards, grants, critical attention in the media, etc.), and has a history of public presentation in professional contexts. The term artist can designate an individual or a collective.

If you have any questions, please email

About Colart

Since its inception in 2005, Colart has always seen its role as being a significant nurturing force encouraging the creativity of Canada’s fresh and evolving talents. It has provided financial support through important acquisitions to more than 200 Canadian artists, including such established names as Sky Glabush, Janet Werner, Sophie Jodoin, David Lafrance, and Graeme Patterson.

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