National Collecting Institutions to tour exhibitions regionally and overseas

16 October 2014

Australia’s migrants, high achievers and famous beach culture are just some of the subjects explored in exhibitions from our premier collecting institutions set to tour regional Australia and overseas.

Through the Australian Government’s National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, $1 million will support nine of Australia’s national collecting institutions to develop and tour a range of exhibitions. The announcement comes while I am in Kalgoorlie attending the Regional Arts Australia Summit.

The program promotes awareness of Australia's rich cultural heritage and our national collections by providing those living in regional Australia with the opportunity to experience them first hand in their own communities.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting high quality arts and cultural experiences for Australians in the regions no less than the cities.

Funding will support the development of new exhibitions such as the National Library of Australia’s Beijing: Biography of a City and the National Museum of Australia’s Encounters exhibition with the British Museum.

Touring exhibitions include James Turrell: A retrospective to coincide with the National Gallery of Australia’s major retrospective planned for late 2014.

Extending beyond the usual reach of the program, the On Their Own exhibition will tour to Merseyside and London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in collaboration with the National Museum Liverpool, UK and tells the story of Britain’s child migrants.

More information on the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program and the full list of funded exhibitions is available at