Published March 21, 2019


March 21, 2019

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries as we host a one day workshop on strategizing acquisitions according to an institutions’ mandate. This workshop will focus on gallery acquisition strategies, their impact on both the institution and donor, and accession procedures. We will examine how to strategically accept and decline acquisitions based on the gallery’s mandate and limitations through peer-to-peer discussions and practicum.


  • Stephanie Allen, Registration Coordinator, ROM
  • Tracey Capes, ISA, Specialist in Art & Art History, Tracey Capes Fine Art Appraisals
  • Shelley Falconer, President & CEO Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Barry Fong, Associate, Intellectual Property, Olser, Hoskin & Harcourt LL
  • Stuart Keeler, Senior curator with TD Bank Art Collection and Acquisitions
  • Shannon Parker, Curator of Collections, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Alysa Procida, Executive Director, Inuit Art Foundation


Institutions are at a pivotal moment with their collections as mandates of the collecting institutions are being re-examined in light of changed socio-political circumstances of emerging new audiences.  Driven by their respective mandates, art galleries, museums and art institutions need to continue collecting modern/contemporary works.

After this workshop, participants will be able to identify the different types of acquisitions, determine gaps in permanent collections, understand how to fill these gaps through acquisitions, the procedures behind accepting an acquisition, donation strategies, bequests, and how to maintain donor relations from the perspective of the institution. Participants will leave the workshop with comprehensive knowledge of the legal attributes of accepting donations, receipting, and determining donation values.


1. Identifying Acquisition Type: this session will provide an in-depth exploration of the different types of acquisitions and how they align with the mandates of large and small-scale institutions. Through roundtable discussion, participants will understand best practices and gain knowledge about how different galleries determine what to include in their permanent collections.

2. Accepting and Declining Donation: this topic explores the legal processes and procedures involved in accepting and declining donated and gifted works. This session concludes with a peer-to-peer lead discussion on how other institutions have previously declined works. Topics discussed will include the difference between gifted and donated works, applying for CCPERB certification, finding the right appraiser, transferring the legal ownership of works, donation strategies, and receipting as a charitable organization.

3. Accessioning: in this session, participants will share and gain knowledge on how to take donations and accession them into their collection. There will be a focus on the procedures and policies regarding accessioning.


OAAG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Museums Assistance Program for their support. OAAG gratefully acknowledges the Doris McCarthy Gallery University of Toronto Scarborough for venue and logistical support.