Unpacking the National Gallery’s funding woes

Forty years of funding neglect of the National Gallery of Australia is jeopardising access and growth.
Exterior view National Gallery of Australia

A week before the Christmas break, the visual arts sector awoke to the news headlines: ‘National Gallery of Australia chair projects $265 million shortfall over 10 years, jobs could go’ – ABC News and ‘National Gallery of Australia may have to charge entry fees and close two days a week to cut costs’ – The Canberra Times.

It felt both alarming and urgent. But the end-of-year timing allowed little space to digest what this may mean for our primary visual arts institution, or to filter how realistic or hysterical these claims may be.

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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