The ADAC is Canada’s oldest and most prestigious professional organization of art dealers and commercial galleries. The ADAC was founded in 1966 by a group of dealers committed to setting a standard of professionalism based on respect for one another, their artists and the broader arts community. ADAC members are part of a well established and respected community made up of some of the brightest and most reputable art professionals in the country. The ADAC has become a recognized leader on advocacy pertaining to the visual arts market in Canada and endeavours to represent all members and their artists on the national stage.
As a part of the ADAC community, members can connect and engage with other dealers and art world professionals through ADAC networking events, professional development programming and local initiatives.
ADAC is driven by its members, who lead the Association forward. Members are encouraged to join committees, which help to govern areas like marketing initiatives, the Appraisal Service, ethics, advocacy, and membership. The Board of Directors and staff are constantly striving to understand and meet the changing needs of its membership.
The ADAC both monitors and is actively involved in advocacy surrounding the visual arts. As part of this initiative, we maintain a continuing dialogue with government agencies at federal, provincial and municipal levels. The ADAC is an institutional member of the Canadian Museum Association and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and sits on the board of the Visual Art Alliance and the Cultural Human Resources Council. Through these memberships, the ADAC maintains an active voice on issues concerning members and the art market.
ADAC Discount Benefits are an added bonus of membership. Members enjoy discounts with a variety of businesses and services. These benefits include discounts on insurance, shipping and air travel. We are always looking for new opportunities and partnerships that reflect the needs of our membership.