Detail: Anton Bruehl Boat hull c.1937
gelatin silver photograph
National Gallery of Australia
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The National Gallery seeks to obtain and strategically manage the resources
required to deliver agreed outputs and support its operations.
The National Gallery obtains revenue through Commonwealth Government appropriation
and through its commercial operations, sponsorship, and other fundraising
activities. The Gallery manages its resources in order to maximise support
for the Gallery’s objectives and strives to apply best practice
policies and procedures associated with the provision of effective support
Revenue from National Gallery operations in the year totalled $198.279
million including $138.440 million for the capital use charge and $18.383
million for a one-off adjustment associated with the recognition of the
Gallery’s library collection. The operating revenue, excluding these
sums, totalled $41.456 million comprising $25.484 million (61.5%) from
the Commonwealth Government and $15.972 million (38.5%) from other sources.
Operating expenditure totalled $35.229 million, while the capital use
charged payable was $139.049 million. Employee expenses totalled $13.666
million, up 9.2% over the previous year due to a program driven increase
in the average full-time equivalent staff level from 221 to 234, the full
year effect of salary increases payable from January 2000 and the conclusion
of the Gallery’s staffing restructure. Supplier expenses increased
by 4.9% to $14.334 million due principally to the increased costs of the
major exhibitions program.
The net operating surplus, after payment of capital use charge and excluding
the one-off inclusion of the value of the Research Library Collection,
was $5.6 million. This surplus included works of art valued at $988,000
and donations of $169,000. The surplus is to be applied to the acquisition
of works of art and the refurbishment of the Gallery building.
Works of art valued at $21.242 million were added to the Gallery’s
collections during the year, with $14.717 million of this sum being payable
in future years. Funds carried forward at the conclusion of the year included
$11.205 million for the acquisition of works of art. In addition, the
National Gallery of Australia Foundation carried forward the sum of $3.757
million. This sum includes donations for the purchase of works of art.
The National Gallery Shop and major exhibition shops have an important
role in generating revenue to support the Gallery’s programs and
activities. During the year exhibition shops operated for the major exhibitions:
Inside Out: New Chinese art, Federation: Australian art and
society 1901–2001, and Monet & Japan. Merchandise
was produced and bought for the shops to complement the themes of the
exhibitions. The majority of retail revenue came from exhibition shops.
The National Gallery Shop supplements its distribution through mail order,
e-commerce and wholesale sales. These methods ensure that the broadest
audience is reached, allowing visitors access nationally and internationally
to merchandise which is related to the collection.
The Gallery’s commercial operations are at the forefront of museum
retailing including its exclusive merchandise designed and produced in-house.
Art Indemnity Australia
The Commonwealth Government’s art indemnity scheme, Art Indemnity
Australia, enables significant works of art to be displayed in venues
throughout the country. Indemnity of up to $1.5 billion at any one time
was available to cover works of art included in major exhibitions in 2000–2001.
Indemnity was provided for the exhibition Monet & Japan, which
was organised by and displayed at the National Gallery from 9 March to
11 June 2001 and at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 7 July to
16 September 2001.
The National Gallery’s program this year was achieved with the generous
support of many sponsors. As well as continuing to build on long-term
partnerships, new partnerships were established during the year. The National
Gallery acknowledges the following sponsors for their generous support:
- Sony Australia Ltd for sponsorship of Monet & Japan
- Seven Network for sponsoring of Monet & Japan and Federation:
Australian art and society 1901–2001
- Qantas Airways Ltd for sponsoring of Monet & Japan, and
the National Gallery’s Birthday Lecture
- Art Indemnity Australia for providing indemnity for Monet &
- National Council for the Centenary of Federation for sponsorship of
Federation: Australian art and society 1901–2001
- Macquarie Bank for sponsorship of the National Sculpture Prize
- Jim and Elaine Wolfensohn for their continued support of the Wolfensohn
- Australian Air Express, Visions of Australia and Acoustiguide of Australia
for supporting the National Gallery Travelling Exhibitions Program
- Art Exhibitions Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
the Australia Council (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts
Board), the International Olympic Committee, the Thomas Foundation,
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Northern Territory
Government through the Department of Arts and Museums, and the Northern
Territory Tourist Commission for assisting with the exhibition Australian
Aboriginal Art in Modern Worlds arranged by the National Gallery
with the collaboration of the National Museum of Australia and the Australian
Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- National Australia Bank for sponsoring the exhibition Arthur Boyd
and the exile of imagination whilst at Australia House, London
- Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund for its continuing support
of the development and promotion of the Australasian print collection,
and the Fourth Australasian Print Symposium
- SMS Consulting, Qantas Airways Ltd, the Australian International Hotel
School, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Bundanon, and
the Rotary Club of Belconnen for supporting the 2001 Summer Scholarship;
- Maxwell Optical Industries Pty Ltd for assisting the Gallery’s
- Time Inc., New York, and Nikon-Maxwell Optical Industries for jointly
sponsoring Going to Extremes: George Silk, photojournalist
- Thomas Foundation for supporting the travelling exhibition Keeping
Culture: Aboriginal art to keeping places and cultural centres
- Canberra Southern Cross Club for supporting the Community Arts Program
- AppleCentre, Canberra, for supporting the multimedia component of
exhibitions in the Children’s Gallery
- Hotel Kurrajong for assisting with accommodation for guest speakers
- Domaine La Chevaliére Wines for assisting with wines for the
opening function for Drawn to Painting: Leon Kossoff drawings and
prints after Nicolas Poussin
- Elderton Wines for assisting with wines for the opening function for
Painting Forever: Tony Tuckson
The National Gallery provides a unique venue for corporate and individual
functions. In 2000–2001, revenue from the hire of venues and facilities
was $117,786 , an 11.7 per cent increase on the 1999–2000 figure
National Gallery of Australia Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit organisation established to support the
National Gallery. It is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations
Law. The Gallery controls the Foundation through its appointment of the
Foundation’s board, and the Gallery’s Director, Council Chairman
and Deputy Chairman are directors of the Foundation. The Gallery’s
Financial Report incorporates the financial activities of the Foundation.
In 2000–2001 the Foundation received major donations from James
Fairfax AO, David Coe, John Schaeffer, Kerry Stokes AO, Philip Bacon AM,
Dick Smith AO and Pip Smith, and an anonymous donor.
The National Gallery of Australia Foundation Annual Report 2000–2001
details its operations and activities and lists all members. For further
information contact the Development Office, telephone (02) 6240 6410.
National Gallery building
Guided by the findings of the May 1999 Building Audit Report and
the principles endorsed in the June 2000, 2050 Building and Site Masterplan,
the National Gallery worked closely with the National Capital Authority,
architects and a range of specialist consultants to develop designs and
specifications for a program of works to refurbish and modify the Gallery
building and site. As well as addressing replacement of equipment, safety
and code compliance needs, the Stage 1 modifications propose the creation
of a new front entrance to the building, improved internal circulation
and orientation for visitors, and changes to the site to improve visitor
orientation and pedestrian safety. The planning and approval process from
the proposed modifications proceeded throughout the year and included
consultation about proposed modifications with the architect of the Gallery
Building, Mr Col Madigan.
A $42.9 million project budget for the building refurbishment and enhancement
project was endorsed by the Commonwealth Government during the year.
In response to allegations concerning the maintenance and operation of
its air-conditioning systems the Gallery commissioned an independent investigation
of the air-conditioning systems. An October 2000 report identified the
existence of a number risk factors, made a number of recommendations in
relation to the air-conditioning systems, and concluded that the risk
factors did not manifest themselves as occupational health and safety
(OH&S) incidents during the period of the investigation. The Gallery
welcomed the findings of the report and has made significant progress
towards implementing its recommendations, with a number of improvements
and upgrades being made to air-conditioning plant and equipment.
In addition to undertaking its recurrent maintenance program, the Gallery
initiated and implemented a significant program of repairs, maintenance
and replacement of plant and equipment. Contracts were awarded to upgrade
the Gallery’s security systems and to replace the Early Warning
Information System (EWIS). Work continued to address water ingress issues,
with a number of leaks being repaired and action taken to reduce condensation
forming on some internal surfaces including walls and internal ramps.
American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia
The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia (AFANG) is a
charitable foundation established for American taxpayers wishing to support
the National Gallery. AFANG facilitates gifts of cash, works of art and
bequests to the Gallery from American taxpayers.
Much of the year was taken up with consolidating the National Gallery’s
IT environment following the new system roll-out in 1999–2000.
The Online Action Planning process saw the implementation of an IT forum,
and an IT steering committee. The two committees consist of representatives
from the Gallery’s programs and have assisted in giving online and
IT planning a more strategic focus. This approach is consistent with the
background of government online objectives and the Gallery’s strategic
plan (to be published later in 2001).
Planning for and selection of an integrated customer information system,
which will include ticketing, bookings, development, membership and point
of sale systems, was well advanced, with implementation expected in the
early part of the 2001–2002 financial year.
Interaction with other authorities
The nature of the business of the National Gallery requires it to deal
with Commonwealth, state and local Government Agencies, as well as embassies,
universities, galleries, museums, art schools, and other professional
bodies within Australia and overseas.
Reference to the interactions that occurred in 2000–01 is made
in the various sections throughout this report, where relevant.