Art & Architecture

The Senate’s Artwork and Heritage Collection

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The Senate of Canada curates a world-class collection of more than 6,000 works of art, ceremonial objects and heritage furniture. Many of these items are displayed in the Senate of Canada Building or used in parliamentary functions, such as Senate sittings. The collection’s curated works and artefacts are significant to the material culture of the Senate, celebrate Canadian history, ideas and identities and serve as reminders of Canada’s momentous event, ceremonies and individuals.

While the collection is rooted in tradition, it is evolving to better reflect a modern Senate and to give Canada’s different regions and minority communities a stronger presence in parliamentary spaces.

Cultivating Perspectives

One curator from each province and territory, representing cultural diversities of Canada, was invited to write about an artwork or heritage piece currently installed in the Senate of Canada Building. Providing a national context for the works, these essays extend the knowledge of the Senate’s collection to wider Canadian audiences from the perspectives of professionals in the art and museum field. Together, the visual voices of the artists and the thoughts and contexts of the curators underline the importance and insights of creative expression in Canada and the many linkages to lives and lifestyles across our country.

Learn more

Discover more about the Senate’s Heritage Collection on SenCAplus, where you’ll find the latest in-depth features on collection items, exclusive interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes footage of conservation work.