The Old Ouse Bridge, York by William Marlow, 1760s. (c) York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)

YMT offers loans to regional institutions during gallery closure

Geraldine Kendall, 01.08.2012
York Art Gallery invites Yorkshire museums to host tour
York Museums Trust (YMT) is inviting museums and galleries in Yorkshire to apply to host a touring exhibition of some of York Art Gallery's most prominent paintings.

The gallery is closing for a major redevelopment next year and is keen to share its paintings with institutions of all sizes.

The exhibition, provisionally entitled Great Paintings from York Art Gallery, will be made up of around 30 paintings from the gallery’s Designated collection of fine art spanning the 1500s to the 1900s.

The final programme of loans is yet to be finalised but is likely to include paintings by William Marlow, David Hockney, John Martin and LS Lowry.

Museums and galleries within Yorkshire can apply to YMT for seven available time slots across 2013 and 2014. The tour package includes painting labels, workshop ideas and an extended information pack.

There is no hire fee but host organisations must meet transport, insurance and installation costs.

The Museums Association’s collections coordinator, Sally Colvin, said the proposed tour and open application process was a good example of Smarter Loans principles put into practice. The principles were codified by the MA last year to encourage UK museums to lend more widely, particularly to smaller institutions.

Colvin said: “It’s great to see that the York Art Gallery is keen to lend the collection while the gallery is closed. I particularly like that the curators are being proactive in inviting a wide range of museums to take the exhibition - hopefully some interesting new partnerships will result.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 August 2012.

For more details on how to apply, click here (word)