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​About

The purpose of our multiples

In the late 1980s a group of secondary school teachers, wanting to provide a significant art experience for their students, began selecting promising pupils to attend artist-led master classes. When schools began facing severe funding cutbacks and art education was treated as disposable, the founders of AFK were determined to find a way for students to continue receiving the high-calibre art education that had proven to be effective and inspiring. Needing a financial model that would be sustainable and support the educational objectives of AFK, a print program was developed.

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How we build our portfolio

AFK’s acquisition committee purchases a major work by a selected artist. That work then goes into a teaching collection at The Gordon Smith Gallery of Art and the artist in turn donates their time and talent to create an original print, photograph or sculpture. The entire limited run of the art becomes exclusive to AFK to sell with proceeds funding educational programs, art camps for teachers and students, and future acquisitions.


Thanks to the exceptional inspiration of our Founding Patron Artists Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbolt and Bill Reid, AFK’s educational programs have developed some of Canada’s most significant art curriculums. Bill Reid created the first print almost 30 years ago and, with some of Canada’s most renowned artists following his example, the collection has steadily grown into a significant art portfolio offering collectors a unique opportunity to support cultural growth in Vancouver’s communities.

 

Bill Reid, (Canadian, 1920 – 1998) XHUWAJI/Haida Grizzly Bear


“Artists for Kids is the largest producer of fine art prints in the country. Their collection has grown to be a true chronicle of art and artists in Canada.” 

                                                                                                          — Greg Murdock, artist



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Artist​s

View all prints HERE

Select an artist to view their available prints and biography​.


Anne Meredith Barry

Robert Bateman

Molly Lamb Bobak

Karin Bubas

Victor Cicansky

Robert Davidson

Wayne Eastcott

Jamie Evrard

Gathie Falk

Graham Gillmore

Rodney Graham

​​Angela Grossmann

Ted Harrison

John Hartman

J. Carl Heywood

Ann Kipling

John Koerner

George Littlechild

Atilla Lukacs

Roz Marshall

Jean McEwan

Elizabeth McIntosh

Greg Murdock

Ross Penhall

Jane Ash Poitras

Jack Shadbolt

Arnold Shives

Gordon Smith

Michael Snow

Ian Wallace

Irene F. Whittome

Alan Wood

Gu Xiong

Robert Young

Etienne Zack



"Current major forces, both in education and in our society, tend to ignore the value and contribution of art. We must, more than ever, support and encourage the arts in everyday life.” -Gordon Smith, artist


All images are published exclusively through AFK in partnership with Canadian artists in support of students, their art education, and their future.​


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Artists for Kids

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