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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts lends widely to public exhibitions within the UK and internationally. We welcome requests to lend items from the collection to public exhibitions that contribute to knowledge and understanding of their subject.

Scroll down to see the artworks currently on loan and find out where you can visit them. This page also explains how you can borrow an artwork from the Barber.

Loans Moratorium:

Please note that due to refurbishment works, the Barber Institute is currently unable to process any new loan requests.

Subject to the usual 12 months’ notice for international loans, and 9 months’ notice for UK loans, we welcome loan requests for exhibitions opening from January 2026.

Current Loans

Click on the images below to see where you can view our current loans.

Gwen John, Mère Poussepin, about 1915/20

Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris 

The Holburne Museum

21 October 2023 to 14 April 2024

Photo: The Holburne Museum, Bath

Eduoard Manet, A Portrait of Carolus-Duran, 1876

The National Gallery

On long term loan until spring 2024

Frans Hals, A Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull, about 1610 – 14

Frans Hals

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

16 February 2024 to 9 June 2024

Borrowing from the Barber Institute