Funding is available for national collecting institutions to develop and tour their collections nationally and internationally. Funding recipients for 2015–16 are listed below.

6 July 2015

Australia National Maritime Museum

Napoleon's Artists in Australia

This exhibition will present paintings and drawings created by French artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during Nicolas Baudin's expedition to Australia in 1800–1803. The exhibition will include some of the earliest European views of Aboriginal people and Australian plants and animals.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which is scheduled to tour to six venues between 2016 and 2018.

Development funding: $100,000

Bundanon Trust

Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness

This exhibition focuses on the life and work of Arthur Boyd, presenting his work alongside that of his contemporaries such as Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman. The exhibition conveys the political life of Boyd, linking his artwork with his actions.

Funding will support the continued touring of the exhibition to three venues in Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia in 2015–16.

Touring funding: $42,800

The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn series was the second collaboration between Arthur Boyd and Australian-born poet Peter Porter. This exhibition showcases the complete suite of 24 etchings from the series, and features extracts from Porter's 20 poems on the theme. The exhibition also explores Boyd's approach to printmaking and its place in his artistic career.

Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will tour to regional venues in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT in 2016–17 and 2017–18.

Development funding: $37,200

Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the Lines 2015

This annual exhibition showcases Australian political cartoons, featuring work from cartoonists published in both print and online media across Australia as well as historical political cartoons from the Museum of Australian Democracy's collection.

This funding will enable the development and touring of the 2015 exhibition to four venues in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Development and touring funding: $57,670

Behind the Lines 2014

Funding will support the continued tour of this exhibition to three venues in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Touring funding: $17,330

National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Awesome Achievers: Stories of Australians of the Year

This exhibition will showcase selected portraits of Australian of Year Award recipients from diverse fields of endeavour and explore concepts of national identity. The exhibition will tour to six venues in NSW, VIC and QLD in 2015–16

Touring funding: $21,435

Arcadia: Sound of the Sea

This exhibition of photographs by John Witzig, co-founder of Tracks magazine and founder of SeaNotes, ink drawings by Nicholas Hardin, and film footage by Albert Falzon, explores a group of Australian surfers in the early 1970s.

Funding will support the continued tour of this exhibition to Tweed River, New South Wales in 2015–16.

Touring funding: $14,428

National Photographic Portrait Prize (2015 and 2016)

This annual exhibition promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. It attracts entrants from all states and territories and reflects a national representation of contemporary Australian photographic portrait practice.

Funding will support the development and touring of the 2015 and 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions which will tour to venues in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

Development and touring funding: $39,020

Starstruck: Portraits from the Movies

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. The exhibition draws on the collections of both institutions and will tell the story of the Australian film. Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in all states and territories.

Development funding: $16,460

Uncommon Australians: The Vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

The exhibition will commemorate the Darlings' fundamental contribution to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, and will feature important and iconic works from the collection that have been financially supported by the Darlings. The exhibition will tour to two venues in Victoria and New South Wales.

Touring funding: $8,657

National Archives of Australia

Espionage

This exhibition will explore the history and contemporary role of espionage in Australia by examining the history and changing role of ASIO from 1949 to present. The exhibition will look at the popular culture presentation of spies versus the reality, and the role of technology.

The proposed funding will enable the development of a multi-venue exhibition that will tour to every state and territory.

Development funding: $90,000

National Gallery of Australia

Max and Olive: the photographic life of Max Dupain and Olive Cotton

This exhibition looks at the works of Australian photographers Max Dupain and Olive Cotton produced between 1934 and 1945. Funding will support touring the exhibition to five venues across South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.

Touring funding: $39,600

Light moves: contemporary Australian video art

The exhibition surveys the work of seven Australian artists working in the medium of video. The exhibition explores the theme of the body moving in space, through various modes of storytelling and reflections on place. This digital exhibition has been designed to suit regional and remote venues that do not have the capacity to display physical works from the Gallery's collection.

Funding will support touring the exhibition to 10 venues across all states and territories.

Touring funding: $37,497

Collection Outreach Program: uncovering works from the National Collection

The Collection Outreach Program provides regional galleries with the opportunity to loan key works from the National Gallery of Australia's collection for long-term display. The activity aims to present important works of art in a regional context, enabling audiences across Australia to view these works in a local gallery alongside their own regional collections.

Funding will support the touring of works to 13 venues across all states and territories in 2015–16.

Touring funding: $72,903

National Gallery of Australia

Qing: Life in China, 1644–1911

This exhibition provides an insight into the diversity of life in China during the reign of the last imperial dynasty. A collaboration between the National Library of Australia and the National Library of China, this exhibition examines nearly 300 years of Chinese life, culture and tradition, and its impact on modern day China.

The funding will enable the development of an exhibition that will extend Australian access to international collections.

Development funding: $130,000

Heroes and villains: Strutt's Australia 

William Strutt was the first great exponent of the history genre of painting to work in Australia. This exhibition will survey his work and demonstrate the development of his most famous paintings through preparatory sketches and manuscripts. Funding will support touring of the exhibition to two venues in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

Touring funding: $20,000

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of S.T. Gill

This exhibition seeks to reappraise the significance of colonial artist S.T. Gill and his contribution to Australian visual culture, and will thematically chart the development of Gill's work in Australia from 1839 to 1880. Funding will support touring of the exhibition to two venues in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.

Touring funding: $20,000

National Museum of Australia

Encounters

This exhibition will feature a selection of the British Museum's Australian collection, including a significant collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material. It will contribute to understanding the diversity and history of Indigenous material culture. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the British Museum and in partnership with the Indigenous communities that will be represented in the exhibition.

Funding will support the touring of exhibition items from the UK to the National Museum of Australia, and the facilitation of access to the exhibition for communities involved.

Touring funding: $150,000

National Film and Sound Archive

Starstruck: Portraits from the Movies

This exhibition is a major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. The exhibition draws on the collections of both institutions and will tell the story of the Australian film. Funding will support the development of the exhibition, which will tour to venues in all states and territories.

Development funding: $85,000