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Art Acquisitions by Application

Application deadline: April 2, 2024

This program provides support for individual Alberta artists or an ensemble of artists through the purchase of their artwork as a permanent part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Art Collection.

For more information and to apply, visit Grantium (alberta.ca).

What does this Grant Support

Through this opportunity, you may apply to have your artworks purchased to become part of the AFA’s permanent Art Collection. View artwork currently included in the AFA Art Collection.

The AFA acquires artwork at fair market value. Fair market value is established by the record of sales of the artwork of the specific artist and comparable artwork by other artists who are peers working in similar media.

Artworks in one or more of the following categories are eligible for submission:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking (excluding reproductions)
  • Fibre art
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Glass
  • Mixed media
  • New media (time-based media, electronic arts, audiovisual art)

Eligible artworks must be physically available for viewing at the Capital Arts building in Edmonton, should the program expert panel request to see them. Exceptions for large works may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note the expert panel process can take up to four months to complete following the deadline.

How to apply

We only accept applications through the Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) front office online application system. We must receive your online application through GATE Front Office no later than 11:59pm MT on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

Please give the system time to process your application so that the AFA receives notification of your submission before the deadline falls.

What to Include in your Application

For detailed step-by-step instructions, please download the GATE Front Office user guide for this funding opportunity:
Download an Art Aquisition by Application-specific GATE Front Office user guide.
Watch a short video that shows how to apply for this program.

For questions email Elizabeth Capak, Art Collections Consultant, Acquisitions, at AFA.artacquisition@gov.ab.ca or call 780.638.2850.

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