Every year, Hydro-Québec puts aside roughly $200,000 for the purchase of works by Québec visual artists to help make their art more widely known and preserve the province’s artistic heritage. Today, the collection boasts over 1,224 artworks, 80% of which were created by Québec artists. Displayed throughout Québec at the company’s head office as well as its regional offices, the works come from many disciplines: painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and, since 2011, video.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • We acquired 27 works created by nine artists. Five were purchased at PAPIER, a contemporary art fair held in Montréal.
  • We harnessed the power of social media to raise public awareness of the Hydro-Québec Art Collection by posting a work on Twitter and Facebook on the first Monday of each month.
Hydro-Québec exhibits some of its collection (including this photograph by Angela Grauerholz entitled L’opéra) in high-traffic areas where it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.