Why Australia’s national gallery standards need a revamp

A national taskforce is going over the standards that museums and galleries adopt, ensuring best practice in our changing world. So what do they consider relevant?
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While a National Standards document hardly sounds like a sexy read, it is the kind of handbook document that is a ‘go to’ for museum and gallery professionals to ensure they are aligned in sector best practice.

Established in 2008, and last updated in 2015, the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries is again on the table for review, and comes at a time ‘when what we do and how we do it’ has rapidly changed.

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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