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Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs



Review of the Museum and Art Gallery services : a report to the Department of Community Development, Sport & Cultural Affairs

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan; Internal review of MAGNT. Final report March 2004


Morgan, Gary


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"This Review has looked at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s outputs relative to benchmark museum and art gallery activities and outputs around Australia and relative to international trends in museum practice. This Review has also considered possible service outcomes set against three funding scenarios." - Executive summary


This review was commissioned by Risk Management Services of the Department of the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, on behalf of the Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs. The review was put to Tender in October 2004, with the Tender awarded in November 2004. - Introduction; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Part A: Introduction - Background -- Outputs of this review. Part B: Outputs of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - A comparison of the MAGNT outputs in activities of collection development and management, public programs and research relative to those of other state museums and galleries - A discussion of the MAGNT outputs relative to national and international trends in museums and galleries - A consideration of the scientific focus of the MAGNT in terms of a) its management and outcomes relative to other museums and b) its contribution to Northern Territory economic activity and Government programs - A comparison of per square metre exhibition costs at the MAGNT relative to other institutions - A comparison of the acquisition budget of the MAGNT relative to other institutions. Part C: Possible budget scenarios - A discussion of three budget scenarios for the MAGNT with their consequent service outcomes. Part D: Summary of recommendations. Part E: Sources and acknowledgements. Part F: Appendices 1-8




Museums -- Northern Territory -- Public opinion; Museums -- Evaluation; Public relations -- Museums -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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xviii, 124 pages ; 30 cm.

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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458000; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/457995

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MAGNT Review December 2004 Morgan 64 Government; MAGNT decides this allocation considering all corporate priorities. The Art Gallery of Western Australia has a $230,000 annual acquisition budget which is regarded by that gallerys director as being very small. That fund is a dedicated capital fund from Government. The Art Gallery of NSW receives no dedicated funding from Government for acquisitions but has acquired over $100 million in art works over the past 12 years, largely through donations and bequests. At the other extreme, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and the National Gallery of Australia have dedicated funds of $3 million and over $4 million pa respectively for art acquisitions. Box 21. Art acquisition budgets (or value of art acquired) for several Australian art galleries demonstrating range of capacities MAGNT AGWA AGSA AGNSW NGA Te Papa No dedicated funding $0.04 (to 0.09) million pa allocated --------------- $0.03 million pa from Telstra $0.02 million pa from Shell (to end 2003) Dedicated (capital) fund $0.23 million pa ----------------- $4.8 million acquired in 2002/03 (mix of donations, bequest and purchase) No dedicated funding ---------------- Average of $89 million pa over past 12 years (combination of allocation and gifts) Dedicated fund $4.0 million+ pa --------------- $8.8 million allocated in 2000/01 --------------- Plus $0.95 million in gifts in 2000/01 Dedicated (capital) fund $3.0 million (03/04) AGWA Art Gallery of Western Australia AGNSW Art Gallery of New South Wales AGSA Art Gallery of South Australia NGA National Gallery of Australia Te Papa Te Papa Museum of New Zealand Sources: Annual reports, internal papers of MAGNT, personal communications The circumstances of the art galleries of Australia are as different as their acquisition budgets. While it might be said that the MAGNT is similar to the AGNSW in not having significant funding from Government for art works, the AGNSW has 130 years of history and networks, based in Australias largest city and State. This cultural catchment has richly supported the collection acquisition processes of that institution and doubtless will continue to do so into the future. The MAGNT does not have that cultural or population catchment to rely upon for donations and bequests. Regardless of their Government appropriations, all galleries rely on donations and bequests for supporting their collection development. The Foundations (or equivalents) of the galleries are often active in securing funds for this purpose. In 2002/03, 77% of all collection acquisitions by the AGWA were received as gifts. Galleries in Australia today find it increasingly difficult to compete with private or overseas buyers in the art market. The growth in prices for Aboriginal art over the past decade has been particularly steep. Given the competition and market prices for art works in vogue, it is doubtful that any viable increase in the MAGNTs budget will make it remotely competitive on the open market for major international art