Extended loans

An extended loan is a long-term loan of an artwork from the AFA collection to an external client. Extended loan projects are generally (but not always) site specific, large-scale artworks that require special infrastructure or arrangements, such as a commission for a building. 

While installing an extended loan may require significant investment, each artwork remains a permanent part of the AFA collection, and we hold responsibility for their care and maintenance. 

What is required?

Extended loans strengthen our partnerships with organizations in our community. It can also provide opportunities to combine resources to commission exciting, accessible and cutting edge new works of public art by Albertan artists.

Extended loans are not limited to large-scale artworks or sculptures, and technically can be applied to any artwork in our collection. Essentially, an extended loan allows the recipient to hold the work for at least five years without review of the loan agreement.

The loan agreement and associated contributions required by an organization seeking to partner with the AFA can vary widely. In most cases, extended loans require significant investments by the partner organization(s) in infrastructure to hold the artwork.

How can I approach the AFA for an extended loan?

If you have project or specific artwork in mind, please give us a call and make a preliminary inquiry. We're always happy to chat about new opportunities.

One-off partnerships to commission public art can evolve through long-term relationship building and/or as responses to unique circumstances, such as the Capital Boulevard Public Art Project in Edmonton for Canada's 150th Anniversary

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. Public art is readily accessible and enhances public space, often evolving into community landmarks.

Apply for support to commission a new public artwork in Alberta.

Please note: the AFA does not provide extended loans or partnerships to commission public artwork to organizations located outside of Alberta.

Although the public art commission program has only been in existence since 2014, art commissions are not a new form of acquisition for the AFA collection. It evolved from past partnerships with other art organizations in the province. Here is a brief history of the AFA's partnerships with local organizations to create new public art.