As the peak body for the public gallery sector in Victoria, advocacy is central to the PGAV’s programs and services.
The PGAV has established working relationships with all levels of government, private and philanthropic organisations, as well as other peak cultural organisations across Australia for the benefit of members.
The PGAV provides a respected voice for the sector, advocating the value of public galleries to the community across the state of Victoria and beyond.
RECENT ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS:
1. Submission to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper
The PGAV has made a submission to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper. In its submission the PGAV outlines the important role public galleries play in achieving Australia’s social and economic goals, our aspirations as a sector and has provided feedback on the proposed goals and priorities featured in the discussion paper. The PGAV also put forward a range of strategies to achieve the aims of the Policy.
The PGAV also participated in a meeting of the National Visual Art, Craft and Design Network (NVACDN) in Sydney in late September, contributing to the National Assocation for the Visual Arts (NAVA) submission.
2. Review of the ABC’s Decision to Cut Art Nation & the specialist TV Arts Unit
Urgent Action on Senate recommendations 9.11.11
The PGAV writes to the Minister for the Arts and the ABC to act on the Senate’s recommendations and maintain ABC TV arts unit. We encourage PGAV members and supporters to write too. Download our call for Urgent Action to find out how you can help change this outcome.
Senate hands down report 13.10.11
The Senate inquiry into the ABC’s recent decisions – including to cut Art Nation and its internal arts TV production – handed down a report on 13 October. The key points from the recommendations in relation to the future of the arts unit and the ABC’s commitment to arts programming are:
- ABC should maintain effective internal production capacity across the country, to stop the threat to the ABC’s independence and program diversity posed by increased outsourcing. [Recommendation 1]
- ABC should reassess the implications of employment decisions on its skills base and its capacity to deliver quality programming [Recommendation 1]
- ABC should clarify how it will meet its Charter responsibility to specialist programming that reflects our cultural and regional diversity [Recommendation 2]
- ABC management needs to consult with staff, community and the private sector prior to finalising a TV production strategy or significant changes to creative activities [Recommendations 3 & 4]
- ABC management needs to urgently publish a strategy outlining how it will meet its Charter obligations to arts programming [Recommendation 5]
View the full Senate report online.
PGAV Submission to Senate Inquiry 5.09.11
The PGAV made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into recent ABC decisions. In the submission the PGAV outlined:
- public galleries in Victoria attracted over 4.5 million visitors last year, demonstrating there are large audiences for visual art;
- coverage of Australian art is critical to ensuring the ABC meets its Charter;
and the PGAV recommended:
- the ABC maintain its specialist Arts Unit to ensure Australian art in both metropolitan and regional Victoria continues to receive coverage on ABC TV;
- the ABC consult with the Arts Industry to review arts programming on the ABC (including consideration of content, format and the timeslot or arts programming).
eCampaign for a review of ABC’s decision 10.08.11
The PGAV requested a review of the ABC’s decision to cut Art Nation and replace it with overseas arts programming. We created an email campaign for PGAV members and supporters to register their concerns over this decision with the ABC Board, ABC Arts, the Honourable Simon Crean MP, Minister for the Arts, and Senator the Honourable Stephen Conroy, Minister for Communications.