AEA consulting to turn the blowtorch on the National Gallery

johnboy 25 July 2011

The Australian reports that “art troubleshooters” have been sent in to go over the finances of the National Gallery.

Under directions from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, New York firm AEA Consulting has begun a detailed assessment of the Canberra gallery’s operations.

The gallery’s director, Ron Radford, has blamed its financial predicament on government cost-cutting via the 1.5 per cent efficiency dividend applied to the $31 million in federal funds it receives each year.

Arts Minister Simon Crean said yesterday: “The NGA is facing financial pressures – not all due to government policy, as the NGA acknowledges – and the AEA will help identify the best way to deal with these.”

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