The Australian Government continues to partner with galleries and cultural institutions under the groundbreaking initiative.

image of Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1952 artwork
Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1952. Purchased 1976. National Gallery of Australia.

Since the Sharing the National Collection initiative launched last year, iconic pieces from the National Gallery of Australia have been shared with venues from Perth to Shoalhaven. 

So far, the Minister for the Arts has announced that a total of 82 pieces will be shared to nine galleries in NSW, WA and QLD, with further loans to other cultural institutions set to be announced in the coming months. 

Traversing various media including paintings, works on paper, sculptures, ceramics and video installations, recently announced loans have included:

  • Broken obelisk by Barnett Newman, a towering sculpture previously located in the National Gallery forecourt, now greeting visitors to Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in Nowra, NSW for the next 5 years
  • 53 paintings and screen prints by Andy Warhol – including the life-size painting Elvis – now on display at Wanneroo Regional Gallery, WA
  • Five bronze sculptures by Australian artist Jan Brown to Texas Regional Gallery in rural southeast Queensland for the next 2 years
  • Six works of art by foremost Australian female modernist artists Grace Crowley and Grace Cossington Smith to Tamworth Regional Gallery from November 2024
  • 5 works of art by Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin and Gwyn H. Pigott to Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland from November 2024

The Australian Government is delivering $11.8 million over four years to the Sharing the National Collection initiative, supporting the National Gallery of Australia to share some of the country’s much-loved works with regional and suburban galleries and cultural institutions across Australia. The initiative is part of the Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive. The works can be viewed via the National Gallery’s website. Regional and suburban galleries can register their expressions of interest via this link.

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