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Permanent Collection

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia collects, preserves, and exhibits visual arts for the benefit of residents and visitors to Nova Scotia. Over 15,000 works are currently in the Permanent Collection. New works are added by donation and bequest and by purchase.

Collection Priorities

The Gallery's collection focuses on works by:

  • Visual artists with strong ties to Nova Scotia, such as Maud Lewis
  • Visual artists with strong ties to the Atlantic Provinces
  • Canadian artists, both historical and contemporary
  • International visual artists that complement the Permanent Collection

Using the Collection

The full collection database is available through Artefacts Canada. Images of works in the collection can be requested for personal or professional use. Research visits are also welcome.

Shannon Parker
Curator of Collections
Tel 902 424 8457
Fax 902 424 0750