Gallery Policies - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Gallery Policies

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Gallery Policies


Included here is a set of policies covering a range of activities involved in the day-to-day running of the gallery.


Photography and Filming in The Gallery

Photography without flash for personal use is permitted throughout The Gallery unless otherwise stated in certain rooms. Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are not permitted.

Permission must be sought for filming. If you wish to film inside The Courtauld Gallery please email with a brief synopsis of the project as well as with details of crew size, equipment, technical requirements and dates you hope to carry out the work, at least two weeks in advance of your planned shoot.


Sketching and Painting in The Gallery

You may use these materials in The Courtauld Gallery:
Fine-tipped pens; all pencils; wood or plastic encased pastels/charcoal or crayons.
These materials are not permitted in The Gallery:
Paint or other wet materials; charcoal; permanent markers; fixative spray; oil pastels not encased in wood or plastic.


Provenance Research

In accordance with the Statement of Principles adopted by the National Museum Directors’ Conference (NMDC) in November 1998 and the statement issued by the Museums and Galleries Commission in April 1999, The Courtauld Gallery has undertaken to examine the provenance of its collections with regard to the spoliation of works of art during the Holocaust and World War II period.

Immunity from Seizure

The Courtauld Gallery is able to provide immunity from seizure under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.  This Act provides protection from seizure for cultural objects from abroad on loan to temporary exhibitions in approved museums and galleries in the UK

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