MEDIA RELEASE: $250,000 Boost for Canberra's National Institutions

The National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia will share in $250,000 from the Morrison Government’s Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program, to develop and tour arts and cultural exhibitions across Australia.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said this support will help reinvigorate the creative and cultural sector in regional communities as Australia recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

“It is encouraging to see Australian arts and cultural organisations continuing to develop and tour high-quality and engaging exhibitions despite the challenges faced in recent years. The vital support provided by the Visions of Australia program will allow these exhibitions to reach audiences around Australia and increase the diversity of artistic and cultural material available to the regions,” Minister Fletcher said.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, announced the funding today.

“Canberrans are lucky to have access to our national institutions and the experiences they offer, and with this funding exhibitions will be getting on the road, and reaching even more Australians,” Senator Seselja said.

“With this funding, the Liberal-National Government is delivering on our strong record of investing in our national institutions. Whether it’s the $500 million redevelopment of the War Memorial, or the more than $100 million in additional funding delivered to the National Gallery in recent years, we are delivering for Canberra, and these critical institutions.”

National Museum of Australia – Walking through a Songline digital experience - $127,500
An immersive digital experience based on the highly successful digital content that welcomes audiences into the Museum's larger Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition. The exhibition allows audiences to make their way through a representation of a songline. Touring to 11 venues across NT, NSW, QLD, SA and WA.

National Gallery of Australia – Rauschenberg & Johns: Significant Others - $120,820
The tour of Rauschenberg and Johns: Significant Others draws from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of prints from the renowned US artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Touring to 4 venues across NSW, NT and QLD.

The Visions of Australia program will support the touring of eight exhibitions reaching venues in every state and territory, including 42 regional venues and three remote venues, which will help reignite the sector by showcasing this nation’s talent. The program funds the development and touring of arts and cultural exhibitions, with a focus on increasing arts access for Australians living in regional and remote areas. 

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THE HON PAUL FLETCHER MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory