From Adelaide Now
THE first economic impact study undertaken at the Art Gallery of South Australia shows it delivers a $19.8 million benefit to the state.
But the gallery’s director, Nick Mitzevich, says it still relies almost entirely on private benefactors and donations to acquire new works.
Yesterday Erin, 5, had a close encounter with Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn’s Twin-Subjecter in the refurbished Melrose Wing.
The sculpture was purchased in 2011 through the gallery’s donor foundation. Of the $2.03 million in acquisitions made by the gallery in 2010-11, 98 per cent came from benefactors – either as gifts of works of art or financial donations for their purchase.
The gallery also relied heavily on the support of volunteers.
In 2011-12, the volunteers had contributed about 15,000 hours of their time.
Mr Mitzevich said: “We always need to be aspirational about growing and increasing our funding level because we’ve got a very wide-ranging task to undertake in the community.”
In 2010-11, the gallery received an operating grant of $6.59 million and a capital grant of $1.88 million from the State Government.
The economic report found the gallery generated $3 worth of economic activity for every dollar of funding and created 191.3 full-time-equivalent jobs.
Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean, meanwhile, announced a $235 million arts package yesterday to revamp grants and boost jobs as part of the first national cultural policy since 1994.