Australian Public Galleries Snapshot


Australian Public Galleries Snapshot

Tuesday June 23rd, 2020

The Australian Public Galleries Snapshot collates the data of 197 of our country’s estimated 408 small-to-medium public galleries. Published by the National Public Galleries Alliance, this report is the most detailed overview of our sector to date.

Australian Public Galleries at a glance

[based on available data]: 

  • Local Government is the largest investor in small-to-medium public galleries (51% of the 197 public galleries captured in the Snapshot are owned or operated by Local Government).
  • Small-to-medium public galleries employ more than 900 FTE staff.
  • Annually, over 16.5 million people visit our country’s public galleries including state, territory and national public gallery institutions.
  • 44% of visitation is to small-to-medium public galleries in regional areas, compared to 56% to small-to-medium public galleries in metropolitan areas.
  • Annually, more than 5,100 volunteers donate their time and expertise to small-to-medium public galleries. Quantified, the value of this volunteer labour is $15.9 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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