Australian collection hits 4 million items

Hitting a significant milestone in acquisitions, the National Film and Sound Archive is a living resource for Australian culture.

There are not many collecting institutions in Australia that can boast over four million items. This week, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) – which is located in Canberra – has done the numbers, and, thanks to a boost in collection acquisitions during 2022, it can now stand among a coterie of collections that are truly representative of Australian culture.

NFSA CEO, Patrick McIntyre says that, during the past year, 126,896 new items entered the national audiovisual collection. Of those, ‘More than 111,000 (111,336 to be exact) were digital assets, which these days includes everything from feature films to TikToks.’ 

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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