Rights & Reproductions


By Canadian law, copyright for a work of art belongs to the artist, their designate, or their estate during the lifetime of the artist plus 50 years. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia holds the copyright for several artist’s estates—including Maud Lewis—as well as specific permissions for works in the Permanent Collection.

To use an image:

If the copyright for a work belongs to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, both image fees and reproduction fees apply. If a work is in the public domain (the copyright has expired) or the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia does not hold copyright, only an image fee is applied. 

The Gallery will provide contact information for the copyright holder if available but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire permissions to use the image(s) provided.

Shannon Parker
Curator of Collections
Tel 902 424 8457
Fax 902 424 0750

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