We operate two competitive programs dedicated to the purchase of new Alberta artwork
- the art acquisition by application program for individual artists
- the public art commission program for eligible not-for-profit organizations
Art acquisition by application
The AFA collection is the only art collection dedicated solely to Alberta art. This program is designed to acquire contemporary works of art by any eligible Alberta artist.
The annual deadline to apply for this program is April 1. Please note that submissions to this program are accepted from individual artists, ensembles of artists or from an artist’s gallery/agent.
Public art commission
This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations in support of the creation of original works by Albertan artists designed for long-term display in public spaces. Once a Public Art Commission project is completed, the artwork becomes part of the AFA collection.
The annual deadline to apply for this program is October 1. Please note that AFA staff will support successful organizations by participating on commission committees, in developing artist and artwork selection criteria and celebrating successful public art commission projects.
Please note that for both of these acquisition funding programs, only artwork by core artists will considered for acquisition.
Core artists are defined as having made a significant contribution to the development of the visual arts in Alberta through consistent creation, regular exhibition and through the development of a particular subject matter or aesthetic concern over time.
To be designated as core, artists are required to meet three mandatory criteria:
- Alberta residency
- superior artistic achievement
- artistic recognition