The Art Volt Collection (AVC) is a not-for-profit artwork rental and sales service at Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts that was launched in May 2022. The AVC aims to help recent alumni launch their career by showcasing their work, connecting them with art patrons and providing them compensation for their creative productions by introducing them to the commercial market. Each year, through a call for submissions, a professional jury will select a new collection of artworks that represents the best of the multidisciplinary contemporary art practices of our alumni, from visual arts, to media art, and performing arts. The selected works will then be available for rental and/or purchase by clients of the Art Volt Collection.
You must first become a member of the AVC in order to rent or purchase artworks: annual membership costs only $ 25 CAD. You may also become a patron by making a donation of $250 or more, gaining access to the AVC’s exclusive Patrons program and automatic membership in the Collection. All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. To contact the Art Volt Collection, you may email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 514-848-2424 ext.8843.
Go on our online gallery at www.artvoltcollection.ca and browse through the artworks of this year’s cohort! Visit the artist pages to learn more about each artist. You may filter your search and browse by medium, artists or artworks. Once you’ve found an artwork that you’d like to purchase or rent, simply indicate your interest by clicking on the “Enquire” button, and one of our advisors will follow up by telephone or email to complete the process.
All the artworks in the AVC are available for rental unless otherwise noted on our website. Rental prices are fixed in 5 distinct categories (A, B, C, D and E) based on a percentage of the total value of the work in question. Works may be rented for either six months or one year at a time. See this chart for rental prices:
Categories based on sale value of work
E. $2001 +
Yes. Clients who rent artworks are required to use the AVC delivery service to ensure the quality of conservation standards. Clients who purchase artworks may opt to use our installation service at their own cost - Members of the Founders’ Circle and Friends of the Collection enjoy a discount on our professional delivery and installation service.
For rentals and sales, the AVC delivers to the Greater metropolitan area of Montreal (island of Montreal + nearby suburbs). For sales, artworks may be shipped internationally, at the expense of the client.
The works available for rental and sale in the AVC have been selected by a professional acquisition committee whose job is to acquire works of the highest artistic merit. While no investment is 100% guaranteed, you may rest assured that AVC artworks have been selected for their quality, value and artistic relevance in today’s professional art market.
Yes! The AVC works on a yearly membership because artworks are removed and added every year. If you want to continue renting or purchasing artworks from the Collection, you need to have a valid membership.
As a service that supports emerging artists, 70% of the value of sales and rentals goes to the artists and 30% to the Art Volt Collection, compared to most commercial galleries that operate with the 50%-50% ratio. By choosing the Art Volt Collection, you directly support emerging artists at a pivotal phase of their careers!
Launch of the 2022 Art Volt Collection, Maison du Conseil des Arts de Montréal. Photo: Ash KG