The Canada Council for the Arts established the Art Bank in 1972 to raise awareness of the remarkable breadth and quality of Canadian art being produced at the time. The aim was to purchase works and make them available to a wide public across the country.
Since then, Canadian art has continued to grow and earn acclaim nationally and on the world stage. The Art Bank collection has grown too - it now includes 17,000+ paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by over 3,000 emerging and established artists, including those from Aboriginal and culturally diverse backgrounds. The collection is currently valued at over $71 million.