Special Art Bank Call for Works by Indigenous Artists

Download the Provincial Art Bank Guidelines (PDF)

Download the Provincial Art Bank Submission Form (PDF) (Word Document) 

Deadline for submission: May 1, 2022 

The Rooms is pleased to announce $70,000 in additional funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador towards the purchase of artworks by Indigenous artists living in Newfoundland and Labrador. These artworks will be added to the Provincial Art Bank Collection.

Indigenous artists are encouraged to submit artworks for consideration to the Provincial Art Bank Program by May 1, 2022.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador began the Art Bank Collection in 1984 to provide economic benefit to artists and to promote the cultural heritage of the province. The Government of Newfoundland Labrador provides funding to The Rooms to acquire new artworks every year. A survey of the inventory of artworks in the Provincial collections lead to the prioritization of the acquisition of artworks by Indigenous artists.

Today, the Art Bank Collection is managed by The Rooms and encompasses close to 3000 works of art by over 250 Newfoundland and Labrador artists. Artworks that are part of this collection may be exhibited at The Rooms, and are also installed in government offices and public buildings across the province.

This call for submissions is in addition to the call for submissions which closes September 1 annually. Applications for acquisition will be reviewed by an external jury selected by art gallery staff based on a call for expressions of interest. Artworks are recommended to The Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation for purchase by the Province. Artworks are ranked based on quality, not on the professional experience of the artist.

Approved artwork must be purchased by June 30, 2022. A public announcement will be issued upon artist notification and completion of purchase of the artworks.


  • Open to professional and non-professional artists, who have been residing in Newfoundland and Labrador for least 12 continuous months prior to the application deadline.
  • Artist should be recognized within the Indigenous community as Indigenous.
  • Artwork by members of the jury or their immediate family is ineligible while the individual is involved with the program.
  • Artwork must be owned by the artist. Artwork owned by a collector or other third party is ineligible.
  • Artwork must be available for acquisition at the time of submission. Proposals for future work are ineligible.
  • Artwork must be unframed.
  • Artwork must be produced with permanent, archival-quality materials (ex: artworks are ineligible if produced on MDF board, with non-permanent pigments, are dry-mounted, etc.)
  • Special for this call, up to three artworks by the same artist may be purchased.

Submission Checklist

  • Download and complete the Provincial Art Bank Submission Form.
  • Artists may submit up to three artworks to be considered for acquisition.

Images of artworks must be formatted as follows, on a USB datastick, CD or DVD marked with the artist’s full name:

  • When documenting artwork, consider composition, photograph against a neutral background (ex: white matboard), try to ensure that colour is as accurate as possible, eliminate or reduce glare from frame glass as much as possible (note that work must be unframed for purchase), turn off the camera flash, use natural or diffuse light.
  • For each 2-D work (prints, drawings, paintings, etc.) – please submit only 2 images: one image of the entire work (edges must be visible, no cropping) and one image that is a detail (a close-up, enlarged area of a section of the artwork to show surface detail)
  • For each 3-D work (relief, sculpture, etc.) – please submit only 3 images: including at least one image showing one full side of the work. Other images may show different angles, and/or details of texture, etc.
  • Images must be saved as a PC-compatible .jpeg file format (300 DPI at 5”x7” or 1500 x 2100 pixels). Do not compress files (WinZip, Stuffit, etc.). Do not submit a hyperlink or internet address. Do not submit MAC files. Do not submit a presentation file, such as PowerPoint. Do not submit files that require additional software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed in order for them to open.

Image files must be labeled and saved to USB datastick, CD or DVD as follows: 

  • Artist’s Last Name_Title of artwork (ex: Doe_oceanwaves.jpg)
  • For images of details, number the files sequentially (ex: Doe_oceanwaves01.jpeg and Doe_oceanwaves02.jpeg)
  • Do not use any special characters, punctuation, symbols or quotation marks (ex: #/-&…) within the file name

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are unable to meet the guidelines listed above, please call for more information: 709-757-8040

Send your submission by May 1, 2022 to:

Mailing Address:
The Rooms
Art Gallery Division
Re: Art Bank
P.O. Box 1800, Station C
St. John's, NL A1C 5P9

Courier Address: 
The Rooms 
Art Gallery Division
Re: Art Bank
9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, NL A1C 3Y9

We’re here to help! For more information about ways to submit your artwork for purchase, please call (709-757-8040) or email (artgallery@therooms.ca) us and ask for John McDonald, Art Bank Technician. 

Submissions sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

image credit: Melissa Tremblett, Nutshimit. Digital print of 35mm black and white film scans, 2017