PEI Indigenous Art Bank

The Prince Edward Island Art Bank collection was established in the early 1980s to support and encourage visual artists living in Prince Edward Island. The works of art for the collection represent the artistic diversity of Island visual artists and are acquired through purchase (when funding is available), donation, gift and bequest. In 2021 an Indigenous Art Bank of Epekwitk was established to celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people of Epekwitk (PEI). The PEI Culture Action Plan aspires for all Islanders to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Indigenous language, world views, practices, and protocols.

Where can I see the collection?

Pieces from the collection are displayed in provincial government buildings across Prince Edward Island. You can also view the PEI Art Bank Collection online.

How is art selected for the collection?

The PEI Art Bank is a working collection with most items displayed in reception and high traffic areas of public buildings. The program also makes art also available for educational use. In the spirit of friendship and reconciliation, we will help to maintain and grow Mi’kmaq culture and one way to accomplish this is to celebrate the art work that is being created and making that available for all Islanders to enjoy and appreciate. 

To be considered for acquisition, your work must be suitable (in form, size, condition and media) for immediate accommodation in a public space.

A peer review committee evaluates applications. This committee recommends works that reflect the creativity, expertise and experience of Island visual artists and comply with the objectives of the program.

How are members of the jury selected?

Members of the Mi’kmaq arts community are invited to apply to take part in the jury selection process. Nominate PEI Indigenous Art Bank Acquisition Jury Member

How can I submit my work for consideration?

New applications from artists will be accepted for the Provincial Art Bank Program starting January 28, 2021. Please click here for qualifications, criteria, selection process and application.

Shannon Pratt
Creative Industries Development Officer
Phone: 902-626-8613
slpratt@gov.pe.ca
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94 Euston Street, Charlottetown

 

Published date: 
January 25, 2021
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