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Borrowing from the National Gallery: A Guide


The National Gallery frequently lends paintings from its collection to public exhibitions or displays both in the UK and abroad. 

Lending plays an important role in the Gallery’s ambition to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master painting to as wide an audience as possible.

National Programmes

As part of our national programmes we wish to encourage the sharing of the Gallery’s collection so that our paintings can be seen in UK locations beyond London, and we welcome requests from UK borrowers.  

The National Gallery makes loans for the following reasons:

  • To widen national and international access to the Collection
  • To increase knowledge about the Collection
  • To support the strategic objectives of the National Gallery, including mounting major loan exhibitions
  • To increase national and international co-operation

For more information please see our Loans Out Policy.