Manchester Art Gallery

Loans policy

Loans from the collection

Manchester Art Gallery has an active loans programme of short and long term loans to UK and international venues to help increase public access to our collection and enrich our understanding of it. We aim to support as many requests as possible within the resources we have available, balancing the number of loans we can support with our own public programme and essential collections care activity. Our full loans policy, including details of how to request a loan, can be downloaded here.

If you would like further information about borrowing works from the collection please contact our Senior Registrar, details below.

Loans 2020-2025

From spring 2020 we will be preparing for and undertaking a series of large scale collection moves to consolidate and improve our storage, in preparation for a capital development project at Platt Hall in 2023. During this time we will be unable to support loans from the collection and will therefore not be considering any loan requests after 1 April 2020. All existing lending commitments which have been previously agreed will be honoured where there are no further date changes.

The collection moves will allow us to improve the storage and access for a large percentage of our collection. Our collection is already fully searchable via our website here and during the course of the project we hope to be able to add to the information which is available online.

If you would like to use images from the collection as an alternative please contact Bridgeman Images or complete the image licensing enquiry form.

Covid – 19

We are currently assessing our capacity to support loans which were agreed prior to the lockdown. Where possible, we are endeavoring to support loans which we had previously agreed. However, we are assessing out ability to do so on a case by case basis depending upon restrictions in place for building access and safe working, and, in cases where the dates of the exhibition have now changed, our capacity to programme in the work to accommodate the revised dates balanced against our other loan commitments and our own programme of display changes and collections care work.


For further information about our loans policy, please contact:

Phillippa Milner, Senior Galleries Registrar
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8890


Loans Policy 2019–2021.


Louisa Hodgson, In Search of Peace