Promoting Australia’s artistic excellence at home and abroad

The National Collecting Institutions will deliver exhibitions to regional communities in 2022, with the Morrison Government announcing $1 million to support the development and touring of Australian and international exhibitions to 24 venues across the country through the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program (NCITO).

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the program would see regional galleries and institutions hosting exhibitions of high quality cultural material from our national collections. 

“Our National Collecting Institutions have been working hard to continue developing entertaining and engaging exhibitions that promote broad access to Australian cultural material at home and abroad,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Locals and visitors can look forward to visiting these exhibitions as the vaccine rollout progresses and lockdown restrictions are lifted.”

Sixteen exhibitions will receive development and touring support, including:

  • $94,207.50 for the National Film and Sound Archive to tour The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, featuring costumes from the 2015 film The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving, to venues in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
  • $228,516 for the National Museum of Australia to tour three exhibitions, including Red Centre: Art from Australia, which will travel to the National Art Museum of China, Beijing.
  • $119,690 for the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to tour two exhibitions, including Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 to Tasmania and Queensland.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, said each institution will work within the relevant jurisdictions’ COVID-19 health and safety guidelines to maintain the safety of audiences viewing these exhibitions.

“This funding will bring the stories of Australia to our regions through a program of diverse exhibitions that will engage audiences, provide opportunities for immersive learning and provoke imagination,” Senator Seselja said.

Almost $220,000 has also flowed to two leading cultural institutions under the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund (ICDAF), including:

  • $124,924 to the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art for four projects at the tenth Asia-Pacific Triennial.
  • $100,000 to the National Gallery of Australia for Ever Present: The Art of Australia’s First Peoples 1887-2020.

The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

Media contacts:
Minister Fletcher: Christine Byllaardt | 0409 433 357 |
Minister Seselja: Cassandra Choake |