Borrowing From the McMichael
Requests from museums and other institutions to borrow objects are reviewed and assessed by a team of staff, with consideration to McMichael programming and preservation priorities. We suggest you submit your request as early as possible, and include the following information:
- A description of the project:
- intent, relevance and scope
- objects to be included
- whether the project will tour, and anticipated venue(s) and dates
- whether there will be a catalogue or other permanent record of the project
- The name of the curator or other principle organizer of the project, the organizing institution and contact details for relevant staff within the institution
- Full identification of the object(s) requested, including the McMichael accession number. The McMichael permanent collection is accessible online through its eMuseum, and collection enquires may also be made via the Contact Us section of our webpage
- A clear statement of how the McMichael’s loan will add value to the project, and if it will be reproduced in any permanent record of the project
Timelines and Costs
Please submit your request as early as possible to ensure adequate time for the McMichael team to review and respond.
- The minimum lead time required to prepare a loan varies with the number and complexity of objects requested. The McMichael will make every effort to comply with a borrower’s requirements for a timely response and final loan preparation, if approved.
- Borrowers may be charged an administrative fee to cover the cost of conservation assessment, valuation, photography, and any special requirements for international loans.
- Charges for conservation treatment, framing and other preparation, packing and crating will be assessed on a cost recovery basis.
- Potential borrowers will be advised of costs as early as possible in the loan assessment process.
How to Request a Loan
Even when there has been comprehensive early communication, the loan review process will not be initiated until a formal request has been submitted in writing. A formal letter of request to borrow objects from the McMichael should be addressed to Executive Director Sarah Milroy.
Sarah Milroy, Executive Director
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue
Thank you for your interest in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.