On Loan

19 December 1989 – 1 February 1990

For many New Zealand art museums it is becoming increasingly a daunting task trying to acquire important historical works for collections with the result that now perhaps more than at any other time the value of having a substantial loan collection as an added resource is vital.

Over the past decade this gallery has taken into its care on long-term loan many works from a variety of sources, and now has over 600 in its loan collection. Many of these are from private collections but a larger proportion is on loan from the collections of the following: Canterbury Museum, the Canterbury Society of Arts, the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Canterbury Public Library, Christchurch Polytechnic as well as several schools.

As an exhibition On Loan comprises a selection of works most representative of the calibre to be found in the loan collection.

It also acknowledges the considerable generosity and support of all who place works of art on long term loan to the gallery for the benefit of the public.

('On Loan', Bulletin, No.66, December 1989/January 1990, p.3)