Application for purchase

The AFA Art Collection is the only art collection dedicated solely to Alberta art. The Art Acquisitions by Application program is designed to acquire contemporary works of art by any eligible Alberta artist.

The AFA accepts submissions to this program once annually. Please note that submissions are accepted from individual artists, ensembles of artists or from an artist’s gallery/agent.

Read the guidelines and apply.


Only artwork by core artists will considered by the AFA 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

Please note that core artist eligibility criteria also applies to artwork donations

Learn more about AFA curatorial criteria and development policies.