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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

National cultural collections to tour regional Australia

Media release
30 November 2009

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Regional Australia will benefit from a new Australian Government program providing $1 million in 2009–10 so that some of Australia’s national collecting institutions can develop and tour collections both nationally and internationally.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced today that the Australian National Maritime Museum, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Film and Sound Archive and National Museum of Australia are receiving funding through the Australian Government’s new National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach (NCITO) program.

“Metropolitan centres outside the Eastern seaboard and regional centres will see an impressive range of works from the national collections over the next 12 to 18 months,” Mr Garrett said.

“Regional centres from Gladstone in Queensland to Port Pirie in South Australia will host some of these touring exhibitions, attracting visitors from remote and metropolitan Australia to view the collections.”

The exhibitions to be developed and toured range from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of classic works by Australia’s first colonial artist Robert Dowling to the National Portrait Gallery’s very popular National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Additional tours funded through the NCITO program include:

“Our cultural collections play an important role in the fabric of a community, and the Australian Government is proud to continue its commitment to bringing high quality exhibitions to a broad range of Australians through the NCITO program,” Mr Garrett said.

The Australian Government’s NCITO program is a new initiative providing a total of $4 million over four years for development and touring of the national collections.

National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program 2009–10 funding allocation

National Gallery of Australia

Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of empire

Robert Dowling was the first artist to be trained in Australia and up to 65 national and international works will be displayed. Funding will allow cultural material from London to be included in the exhibition. It will also pay for freight couriers, travel, crating, packing and fees. Touring will commence in March 2010.

Australian Portraits: 1880–1960

Australian Portraits will explore self portrait, intimate family, friends and lovers as well as popular figures from entertainment and the arts. Funding will support tour development. Touring will commence in September 2010.

Roy Lichtenstein

The exhibition will examine American Pop Art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein’s comic strip and benday dot imagery work. Funding will support tour development.

National Museum of Australia

Canning Stock Route (CSR) project

A collaborative project between the NMA and FORM, an independent, not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation working in urban, regional and remote Western Australia. The exhibition looks at the role of the CSR in Australian history and geography. Funding will be used for education kits, travel costs and curatorial research costs. Touring will commence in 2011.

Symbols of Australia

This exhibition will look at the role of symbols in the formation and promotion of Australia’s national identity. Symbols include the Holden, the Billy, Vegemite and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Funding will support staffing, transport and storage. Touring will commence in late 2009.

From little things big things grow

This exhibition examines the struggle for Indigenous civil rights between 1920-1970. Funding will support staffing, freight and storage costs. Touring will commence in March 2010.

National Portrait Gallery

Inner Worlds: portraits and psychology

Inner Worlds engages the key moments and intense connections between psychology and portraiture in Australian art and social history. The exhibition will feature national and state based collections. Funding will support tour development. Touring will commence in 2011.

Pre-Raphaelite portraits

Key Pre-Raphaelite portraits from international galleries will be included in the exhibition focussing on the unconventional lives during this period through portraiture. Funding will support tour development. Touring will commence in 2011.

National photographic portrait prize

The Prize will promote the best photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographs. Touring will commence in May 2010.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Child Migration: Britain’s child migrants

This exhibition will be produced in collaboration with the National Museum in Liverpool, UK and will tour from Britain to Australia and Canada and be supported by extensive online programs. It promotes awareness of history, changing attitudes to child migration welfare and imperial policy. Funding will support tour development. Touring will commence in late 2010.

Little Shipmates — seafaring pets

Part of the Museum’s travelling Sail Away exhibition, Little Shipmates showcases a collection of Sam Hood images of crew members and pets, taken between 1900 and 1950. Touring will commence in December 2009.

Saltwater Freshwater — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prints

A selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prints with the common theme of water – marine life, hunting and fishing, dreamtime story sites and contact with non-Indigenous people. This exhibition is also part of the Sail Away travelling exhibition. Funding will support exhibition development. Touring will commence in mid-2010.

National Film and Sound Archive

Touring the Sounds of Australia

Funding will support the first year of a three year program to develop a sound-based touring and online program with up to 12 regional locations by the end of the three years. In 2009–10, a website will be developed, with two pilots, one in a large regional community and one in a remote Indigenous community.

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