Impediments to loaning artworks? Understand the new $11.8M pathway

Responding to a first wave of criticism, the NGA's Nick Mitzevich says the Gallery's new lending program is about partnerships, not a rigid loan scheme.

On 30 January 2023, the Federal Government released the long-awaited National Cultural Policy. Within its pages was the Action proposing long-term loans from the National Collection:

Provide $11.8 million to share the National Collection by establishing a program of long-term loans of works from the National Gallery of Australia’s Collection to regional and suburban cultural institutions across Australia.‘ (Revive, page 104)

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina