Posted February 15th, 2024

Guidelines and application forms are now available for the 2024 Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase program.  

This year the Art Bank Purchase program will be open exclusively to artists who are African Nova Scotian and/or Mi’kmaq. These two communities have been made a priority in this strategic purchase, in recognition of their profound historical and contemporary artistic impact here in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia. All will be invited to celebrate 50 years of the Art Bank in 2025 with an exhibition of the newly acquired artworks.

An online information session will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2024, 1:00-2:00PM on Zoom. Register here. 

Future in-person information sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Williams, Program Officer, Arts Nova Scotia at


The Nova Scotia Art Bank was created in 1975 by the Department of Recreation to provide recognition to Nova Scotian artists and to stimulate public awareness of visual arts in the province.  The collection is owned by the Government of Nova Scotia. Currently, the Nova Scotia Art Bank is financed, maintained, and managed by Arts Nova Scotia.  

The Nova Scotia Art Bank Collection is unlike any other art collection in the province – it is first and foremost a working collection. It is meant to be seen and enjoyed by Nova Scotians as they go about their day-to-day lives and can be viewed in many government locations around the province. The focus is on access, using public places where art is not normally seen. 

The collection has been developed on an annual basis through the acquisition of artwork submitted directly by the professional visual art community. Individual artworks are selected for purchase by a peer assessment committee. 

Works are displayed in government offices where they can be viewed by staff, clients, and the public.  Comprised of close to 2,300 works of art, over 40 percent of this collection is on display in public spaces throughout the province.    

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