Visual arts 2020 annual program launches make a splash

The NGV and AGNSW both revealed their 2020 programs this week in an escalating trend for 'the reveal'. We take a look at the highlights to shape the year ahead.

While festivals and performing arts companies roll out their annual programs with splashy launches to encourage that first rush of ticket sales, the visual arts have usually been more low key. Galleries traditionally opt for a soft roll out of exhibitions, usually as a seasonal launch of details across the year.

Recently, there has been a spate of program launches that have crossed sector boundaries, with visual arts organisations also capitalising on the media moment of the reveal, especially in a blockbuster-crowded market.

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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