The real story of COVID’s impact on QLD regional galleries

Museums & Galleries Queensland Rebekah Butler reveals some hidden tolls of the pandemic in her state.

One thing we have come to know about this pandemic is that its impact is uneven.

A clear illustration of that is Queensland’s museum and galleries sector. While this state has not faced lockdowns like Victoria and NSW, its tourism experiences have presented their own challenges.

ArtsHub caught up with Rebekah Butler, Executive Director of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD), who said ‘it has not been an easy time for our sector.’

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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