Exhibition loans

To promote the work of Alberta artists and build greater awareness of the AFA collection, we frequently loan artwork to bona fide cultural institutions for public exhibition.

Our exhibition loan program is designed to further public appreciation for Alberta artists and their contribution to the visual arts in Canada.

Who can apply?

Eligible institutions can include museums, art galleries, interpretive centres, archives and other collecting or exhibiting organizations. Exhibitions can take place within Alberta, across Canada and abroad for up to two years at a time. 

Borrowing institutions must have at least one staff member professionally trained in the care and handling of original works of art. Please note that individuals are not eligible to borrow artwork.

How much does it cost?

The AFA aims to make artworks accessible provincially, nationally and internationally. We do not charge an exhibition loan fee.

Borrowing institutions are responsible for all coordination and costs associated with appropriate fine arts shipping of artwork. This includes responsibility for arranging and contracting with a fine art shipping company, door-to-door insurance and all other associated costs.

Loan request deadlines

Loan request deadlines represent the minimum amount of time required prior to the anticipated outbound shipping date.

You must make a preliminary inquiry prior to making formal request. All artwork loans must be formally requested in advance of the loan request deadline:

Exhibition location

Number of artworks

Loan request deadline


Less than 10

9 months 


10 or more

12 months



12 months

Loan request deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please note that making a formal request by the appropriate deadline does not guarantee loan approval.

Preliminary inquiries

We welcome early discussions about possible loans and artworks you wish to be considered. Preliminary research for a loan should be carried out well in advance so that a formal request can be made in time for your planned exhibition.

Formal request

After making a preliminary request, applicants may continue to follow the exhibition loans formal application process.