Art Gallery proves its $19.8m tourism worth

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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.

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