Island artists invited to submit work to the provincial art bank

Island artists are encouraged to submit their work to the Provincial Art Bank by January 2, 2019 if they would like it to be considered for purchase next year.

The Provincial Art Bank collection includes 230 works of art by 130 Island artists. The art bank acquires, loans and displays art that was purchased or donated. Pieces are displayed in public buildings and spaces for Islanders to enjoy. 

“I strongly encourage local artists to submit their work,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. “The Art Bank provides great exposure for artists, encourages artistic excellence and stimulates interest in the visual arts.”

Pieces are selected annually using a peer jury process which is administered by the Registrar of the PEI Art Bank Collection.

In the last call for submissions in February of this year, 59 applications were received and 12 new pieces of art were added to the collection, including work by Brenda Whiteway, Christine Trainor, Damien Worth, Hans Wendt, Jason “Lenny” Gallant, Monica Lacey, Nancy Cole, Noella Richard, Norah Pendergast, Rilla Marshall, Susan Christensen and Terry Stevenson.

Provincial Art Bank purchases are made possible through provincial government funding of $10,000 annually. Through the PEI Cultural Action Plan this annual investment increased to $20,000 in both 2018 and 2019.  The Cultural Action Plan brings cultural and creative industries together to further support Island artists and their work.

A catalogue of art bank acquisitions will be created next year to celebrate Island artists and 40 years of the art bank.

For information on how to apply or to become a jurist, call 902 368 6480 or visit PEI Art Bank Collection.

Media contact:
Jean Doherty
Education, Early Learning and Culture
902 314 5702

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