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View or submit work to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection

The Government of Yukon maintains a growing collection of visual art. Currently it includes over 450 pieces. Works in the collection represent Yukon artists' practices or are significant to the legacy of Yukon art.

The collection includes works in a variety of media including: First Nations traditional and contemporary art, prints, photographs, carvings, sculpture, textiles, paintings, drawings and mixed media.

View the collection

Works from the collection are displayed in public buildings in Whitehorse, Dawson, Faro, Haines Junction and Mayo for the enjoyment of Yukoners and visitors.

Periodically you can see artwork from the collection at exhibitions curated by the Government of Yukon's art curator or when works are loaned to other institutions.

See recent acquisitions on the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection website or download the 2019/20 acquisition list.

Download the complete list of artworks currently in the collection.

Submit your work to the collection

  1. Read and complete the submission form. 

  2. Submit your application:
    In person: 100 Hanson Street in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a submission box in the foyer of our office until the deadline.
    Email: garnet.muething@gov.yk.ca
    Mail:
    Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection Acquisition Committee
    Arts Section, c/o Art Curator (L-3)
    Government of Yukon
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

  3. The selection committee will jury work in March 2021.

If you have questions, email garnet.muething@gov.yk.ca.

For more resources, visit the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection. 

Yukon residents of all backgrounds, at any stage of their creative paths and from all communities are invited to apply. This includes but is not limited to Indigenous, Black, and racialized people; refugees, newcomers and immigrants; LGBTQ+, two-spirit and gender non-binary people; people with (dis)abilities; and those with low-incomes or living in poverty.

If there are any barriers or challenges to you applying, please contact us so we can find a solution.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. on January 18, 2021.

Allow time to mail your submission if required.

Selection process and budget

The Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection are a charitable, non-profit society. The society's jury makes a selection from all the eligible submissions. They ensure artworks in the collection are unique, high quality and relevant to Yukon and/or the legacy of Yukon artists.

The minimum annual budget for acquisitions is $30,000. New acquisitions are announced and exhibited each year after the jury process.

For the 2021 Call for Submissions, we have increased the budget to $60,000. This call is also dedicated to Yukon artists currently residing in the territory. These changes are to better support artists who live and create work in Yukon during thi challenging and uncertain time.

For advice about donations, contact the art curator. The Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection society reviews donations under the same process as the call for submissions. Donors may be eligible to receive a tax receipt in return for their donations.

Donate work to the collection

For advice about donations, contact the art curator. The Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection society reviews donations under the same process as the call for submissions. Donors may be eligible to receive a tax receipt in return for their donations.

Contact: 

For questions about how to submit or donate work to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, email the art curator at arts.yukon@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5858.