And it could be yours … well, for a while

From John Olsen to Lindy Lee and Joan Miró to Helen Frankenthaler – the National Gallery is making available top-drawer artists for long-term loans.

Last week, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) formerly opened Expressions of Interests (EOI) for the Sharing the National Collection program. It coincided with the announcement of the first confirmed long-term loan under the scheme – a $174 million masterpiece by French impressionist Claude Monet – signalling that the NGA is serious in its vision.

ArtsHub speaks with Adam Lindsay – who is heading up the new department to facilitate the loans. He says, ‘This is a very earnest and sincere attempt to say, “No, we’re not judging your curatorial rationale here. If you want the first Warhol to visit your town, then that’s awesome. I don’t care what you want. I care why you want it”.’  

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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