Australia/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

Australia’s major national public cultural institutions include:

The National Library of Australia

http://www.nla.gov.au/

The National Gallery of Australia

 http://nga.gov.au/AboutUs/admin.cfm.

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia

http://www.portrait.gov.au/

The National Museum of Australia

http://www.nma.gov.au/index.html

Australian National Maritime Museum

http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1199

National Archives of Australia

http://www.naa.gov.au/

National Film and Sound Archive. 

http://www.nfsa.gov.au/

The National Portrait Gallery

http://www.portrait.gov.au/

The Australian War Memorial

http://www.awm.gov.au/

Bundanon Trust

http://www.bundanon.com.au 

Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House

http://www.moadoph.gov.au/

Questacon

http://www.questacon.edu.au/ - canberra

All of these institutions receive their core funding from the Commonwealth Government and, while all have philanthropic programs in operation, the patterns of giving in Australia to cultural institutions, at both the federal and state levels, tend to focus on the donation of art or artefacts , or the funding of individual galleries/recital rooms and the like within the buildings, usually in exchange for naming rights.  There is a continuing belief in Australia that it is the role of governments to fund capital infrastructure and core running costs for cultural institutions and, while governments speak increasingly of the importance of private philanthropy and corporate support for culture and arts, there is no evidence that the community at large has taken up the notion with any force of conviction.


Chapter published: 27-12-2013


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