Established in 1955, the Picture Rental program was established by the AGH Women’s Auxiliary (now the AGH Volunteer Committee) to encourage public interest in Canadian art.
At the time of its inception, the AGH was the only art museum in Canada, and only one of five art museums in North America, to offer such a service! The program, which supported artists and the AGH permanent collection, was open once a month and run solely by AGH Volunteers.
By the 1970s, the Art Rental service was open more frequently. Annual art sales (named The Hang-Ups) featured a number of artists in the Art Rental collection who are now internationally well-known, including Jack Bush, Norval Morrisseau, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Harold Town, among others.
Today, Art Rental + Sales continues to support Canadian artists, offering 750+ works by 200+ artists, many of whom live in the GTHA / Niagara region. The AR+S gallery space is located in the Shop at AGH. Whether you are looking for a new piece for your home or office, our expert staff and Volunteers will help you ensure that the artwork you select suits your space, style and budget.
From the International Art Collection
Bekom Mask mid 19th Century
Unidentified Artist (Kom Kingdom, 19th century)
wood and pigments, The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection, 2010