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Coming into Sight: 50th Anniversary Art Bank Acquisitions

June 20, 2023 to May 20, 2024


Since its inception in 1972, the Canada Council Art Bank has acquired more than 17,000 artworks, making it the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art anywhere. Over time, the Art Bank’s collecting practices have changed, and the collection has become more reflective of the diversity of Canadian society. As part of this ongoing effort to build a more dynamic and inclusive public collection, and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Art Bank recently acquired 72 artworks. With this acquisition, the Art Bank continues to play an active role in making art accessible, fostering the emergence of new voices, and supporting established practices. 

Coming into Sight features 24 of the recent acquisitions, displayed together for the first time. The exhibition presents a diversity of perspectives by artists from coast to coast to coast who tell their unique stories in all their complexity and richness. With themes ranging from a sense of community and belonging to a rejection of the status quo, the exhibition invites us to reflect on our shared histories and futures. 

Coming into Sight captures the Art Bank’s vision of celebrating the vibrant and essential role that the arts can play in bringing about social change.

Featured artists in Coming into Sight

Ning Ashoona, Rémi Belliveau, Deanna Bowen, Annie Briard, Kelli Clifton, Ruth Cuthand, Dayna Danger, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Anthony Gebrehiwot, Jonathan S. Green, Maureen Gruben, Brandon Hoax, Bushra Junaid, Kablusiak, Fariba Kalantari, Jim Logan, Laïla Mestari, Azadeh Monzavi, Calvin Morberg and Brian Walker, Zinnia Naqvi, Krystle Silverfox, Stanley Wany, Nelson White, Jane Meredith Whitten, and Jessica Winters.

Discover all the new acquisitions

About the Art Bank

The Canada Council Art Bank makes contemporary art available to a wide public across the country through art rental, exhibitions, and outreach activities.

With more than 17,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists, the Art Bank is home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art in the world. It houses paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints by emerging and established artists, including a significant number of artworks by Indigenous artists. 

The entire collection can be explored on the Art Bank website.