Australian Public Galleries Snapshot 2019


Australian Public Galleries Snapshot 2019

Wednesday December 15th, 2021

The Australian Public Galleries Snapshot 2019 collates the data of 170 (39%)  of our country’s estimated 434 small-to-medium public galleries. Published by the National Public Galleries Alliance, this report provide the most up-to-date overview of our sector. 


[based on available data]: 

  • Local Government is the largest investor in small-to-medium public galleries (50% of the 170 public galleries captured in the Snapshot are owned or operated by Local Government).
  • Small-to-medium public galleries employ more than 700 FTE staff, 4% of these staff are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Over $4.7 million was paid in artists’ fees in 2019, supporting more than 21,500 living artists
  • 56% of small-to-medium public galleries are housed in buildings 50+ years old.  
  • Annually, over 16.3 million people visit our country’s public galleries including state, territory and national public gallery institutions.
  • 80% of visitation is to small-to-medium public galleries in metropolitan areas, compared to 20% to public galleries in regional and remote areas. 
  • Annually, more than 4,500 volunteers donate their time and expertise to small-to-medium public galleries. Quantified, the value of this volunteer labour is $13.0 million.
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The Australian Public Galleries Snapshot is a research initiative prepared by Museums & Galleries Queensland and Public Galleries Association of Victoria on behalf of the National Public Galleries Alliance.


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