Permanent Collection

Each year the Vancouver Art Gallery lends works from its permanent collection to museums and galleries around the world. From Toronto to Paris, Burnaby to New York, the Gallery's collection is in high demand for inclusion in both single exhibitions and touring shows.

On average, 100 works are loaned to 30 to 40 different institutions annually. Regional galleries such as the Kamloops and Kelowna art galleries, national institutions such as the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the National Gallery of Canada, and international venues such as the Pompidou in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the NOPE Gallery in Tokyo have all borrowed from the Gallery's collection.

The process of requesting and borrowing a work of art can be a lengthy one. We ask that galleries send in their requests at least 6 months in advance. This allows the Gallery enough time to evaluate the artwork's suitability for loan and to prepare it for shipment. The Curators, Registrar and Conservator assess:
  • Availability: Is the work booked for use in the Gallery or elsewhere during the loan period? Has it already been exposed to several years of loan travel?

  • Condition: Is the work made of stable materials and in good enough condition to survive a rigorous travel schedule?

  • Logistics: What packing, insurance, shipping and other procedural details need to be negotiated?
When travelling the world, keep an eye out for Vancouver Art Gallery works being shared with audiences in faraway places.

If you are affiliated with a museum or gallery and would like to borrow an artwork from the Vancouver Art Gallery, please send a written request to:

Chief Curator/Associate Director
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
Canada