Detail: Keith Looby Resurrection 1964
oil on canvas
Gift of James O.Fairfax AO 2000
National Gallery of Australia
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The purpose of the National Gallery is to serve the public by enhancing
understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts, through effective and
efficient use of its collections, which will be developed, researched,
preserved, displayed, interpreted, promoted and complemented with exhibitions
and loans. The Gallery’s aim is to provide access to works of art
and information about them locally, nationally and internationally.
The Gallery is mandated by the National Gallery of Australia Act 1975
- develop and maintain a national collection of works of art; and
- exhibit, or make available for exhibition by others, works of art
from the national collection, or works of art that are otherwise in
possession of the Gallery, and use every endeavour to make the most
advantageous use of the national collection in the national interest.
Outcome: Encourage understanding, knowledge and enjoyment
of the visual arts by providing access and information about works of
art locally, nationally and internationally
Output 1.1 Collection development
The National Gallery aims to build a collection of works of art
of outstanding quality through acquisition, gift and bequest, and through
Output 1.2 Collection documentation
The National Gallery’s collection is accessioned and documented
in order to account for each work of art in the collection. Works of art
are catalogued to provide information about the collection and to enable
access to that information.
Output 1.3 Collection maintenance
The National Gallery stores, secures, and conserves its collection
in order to preserve it for the Australian people now and for the future.
A collection of outstanding aesthetic quality is important to the Australian
community, and thus the Gallery will develop and maintain the collection
accordingly. The collection provides the basis for enhancing understanding
and enjoyment of the visual arts, and thus the Gallery seeks to maximise
the productive use of the collection as a public asset.
Output 2.1 Access to works of art
The National Gallery provides access to works of art by displaying,
exhibiting and lending its collection, as well as borrowing works from
other sources. Access to works from the collection which are not on display
is also provided. The Gallery aims to maintain the highest museum standards
of display and exhibition.
Output 2.2 Information about and promotion of
works of art
The National Gallery enhances the understanding, knowledge and
enjoyment of art by providing information about and promoting the benefits
of works of art through visitor services, education and public programs
and through multimedia.
The Gallery seeks to achieve the widest audience possible both in attracting
visitors to the Gallery and by sending works of art around Australia and
overseas thereby improving access to works of art and providing information
about them. It encourages enjoyment of the collection through innovative
displays, exhibitions and public programs. It also fosters research and
scholarship about works of art and promotes the artistic achievement of
The tables below list the performance information that the Gallery used
to assess the level of achievement of its outcome during 2000–2001.
The tables show the efficiency of the outputs in contributing to the outcome.
Information shown is both quantitative and qualitative. Targets for effectiveness
have been included where they are applicable and appropriate for performance
information for the outcome.