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.

New loan requests

Manchester Art Gallery introduced a moratorium on loans with effect from 1 April 2020 – 2025 to prepare for and undertake a series of large scale collection moves ahead of a planned capital development project at Platt Hall in 2023.  Following the temporary closure of all of our sites as a result of Covid-19, we are in the process of reshaping our public programme and reviewing the timetable for the capital development project and associated collection relocation projects. The planned moratorium on loans has now been put on hold and we will consider new requests to borrow works from the collection. Our capacity to support loans is very limited therefore priority will be given to those loans that meet the criteria outlined in our loans policy.

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