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What Does the Government of Ontario Art Collection Collect?

The Government of Ontario Art Collection acquires art to:

  • Portray the culture, diversity and heritage of the Province;
  • Enhance the public environment of government buildings;
  • Supplement the existing collection of works available for loan;
  • Promote and showcase contemporary Ontario artists.

Potential artwork for donation must demonstrate the following criteria:

  • A clear relationship to the people and/or places and/or the history of the province;
  • A high degree of technical and artistic quality;
  • An acceptable condition of the artwork and ease of maintenance and conservation.

Acquisition of artworks can occur through donation, commission, purchase or transfer from within other areas of government. Artworks accepted for donation from artists, individuals and institutions can be paintings in oil, acrylic or mixed media, works on paper, original prints, photographs, and indoor sculpture. Temporary installations and media projects are not considered suitable.

Why donate your artwork to the Government of Ontario Art Collection?

When you donate to the Government of Ontario Art Collection, your artwork becomes part of the larger narrative of Ontario. Your artwork will be reviewed to ensure it fits the acquisition criteria of the Government of Ontario Art Collection as well as establish its relevance and importance to the collection, artistic quality, authenticity and condition.

If your artwork is accepted, it will be transferred to Government of Ontario Art Collection under a signed donation agreement. A donation agreement is negotiated between the Archives of Ontario and the donor. The donation agreement covers the following: ownership and custody, terms of use access and copyright and tax receipts.

Your artwork will be protected for future generations by professional staff. Your artwork will be described on our website for public access around the world.

How to Donate

For more information about donating, please contact:

Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
M7A 2C5
reference@ontario.ca
416-327-1600

Recognizing our Donors

Donors like these listed here have contributed significantly to the growth of the collection over the years.

Donating to the Government of Ontario Art Collection
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Painting Title: 'Searching for Space'
Artist: Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed
Accession Number: 101050

Donating to the Government of Ontario Art Collection
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Painting Title: 'On O.S.A. Lake, Killarney Provincial Park'
Artist: Lillian Michiko Blakey
Accession Number: 100409

Donating to the Government of Ontario Art Collection
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Painting Title: 'Balzac’s Cafe'
Artist: Eva Lewarne
Accession Number: 101032

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Painting Title: 'Together (1 of 5)'
Artist: Benjamin Chee Chee
Accession Number: 101024

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Painting Title: 'Prelude – Pukaskwa National Park'
Artist: Herschel Payne
Accession Number: 101107

In Government of Ontario Art Collection