Should the feds stump up for cultural competition?

Masquara 7 March 2013

Michael Brand of the Art Gallery of New South Wales says he is going to go to the feds cap in hand and ask for a contribution to the gallery’s plans to double in size by 2021 at a cost of many millions of private philanthropy dollars/taxpayer dollars.

It will be interesting to see how the federal govt (of whichever persuasion) responds to a request to fund direct competition with our cash-strapped national institutions.

Brand claims that AGNSW has “an entirely different audience” from the national gallery. I’m not so sure. Watch this space.

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