Rights and Reproductions

The Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. The Gallery's collection contains over 9000 works of art by BC, Canadian and international artists. Reproductions, mostly in digital form, are available for reproduction and research purposes.

The Rights and Reproductions department handles all requests for the use of images of artworks in the Gallery's collection for individual, non-profit and commercial purposes. For information on placing a request, see below, or contact images@vanartgallery.bc.ca for details.

Copyright protects the creator of an artwork from unauthorized or inappropriate use of their work. The owner of copyright is usually the work's creator or heirs, unless the work is in the public domain. If you wish to use a reproduction of a work for purposes other than personal use, it is your responsibility to obtain copyright permission. The Rights and Reproductions department can assist in determining copyright status and getting in touch with the copyright holder.

A general guide to Canadian copyright:
  • Living artist - copyright owned by the artist
  • Deceased artist (less than 50 years) ?copyright owned by the heirs
  • Deceased artist (more than 50 years) ?copyright expired, work in the public domain
Reproduction Permission and Conditions
If you wish to reproduce an artwork in the Gallery's collection, you must first seek permission from the Gallery. Please download an application for Reproduction Permission Form.

Images provided for reproduction remain the property of the Vancouver Art Gallery and are licensed for one-time use only.

If an image is to be reproduced in a print publication, the Gallery requests that one copy of the publication be supplied to Rights and Reproductions.

Ordering Images
Contact Rights and Reproductions with the specific information relating to your request, including the artist, title of the work, type and format of your publication, timeframe, and image format and specifications. Rights and Reproductions will let you know what is available and how long it will take to process your request. Allow a minimum of 4 weeks for all orders. Where new photography is required, please allow additional time (to be confirmed at time of request).

Complete and submit an Application for Reproduction Permission Form. Once this form is accepted, an invoice will be sent to you. The Gallery accepts cheque, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The requested images will be forwarded once payment is received.

Fees are charged for the purchase and rental of photographic images. Price depends on the type and size of photograph required, whether existing photography is available or new photography must be done, and whether it is for non-profit or commercial use. Please contact Rights and Reproductions for a current fee schedule.

Researching Images
Rights and Reproductions can provide suggestions, but is not able to research images for you. At the present time, access to the Gallery's Collections Database, containing links to selected works from our permanent collection, is available only through a public kiosk in the Library. The Library also houses thousands of publications as well as other resources. For assistance, please contact the Gallery's Reference Library.

Press Materials
Images for media use only are available in our online newsroom. For more information, please contact the Public Relations Manager at media@vanartgallery.bc.ca or call 604.662.4722

Contact Information
Rights and Reproductions
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 Canada
Tel 604.662.4700 ext 2220
Fax 604.682.1086