5,000,000 visitors to
National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibitions

It is a tribute to the National Gallery of Australia that they are celebrating the five millionth visitor to their Travelling Exhibition Program, and a demonstration of the Australian Government's commitment to bringing the highest quality art to all Australians. This program helps to make the Gallery a truly national institution.

The Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp
July 2003

In the 20th-anniversary year of the National Gallery of Australia, the 5 millionth visitor to an NGA travelling exhibition is Mr Brenton Niemz at the Riddoch Art Gallery in Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Mr Niemz, a 17-year-old Mt Gambier high school student, attended the opening by Senior Curator of International Prints and Drawings, Jane Kinsman, of Out and About: The National Gallery tours Australia, featuring Andy Warhol’s Elvis (1963); part of the Gallery’s flagship project for its 20th anniversary celebrations.

Travelling exhibitions are a vital part of the Gallery’s strategy for providing access to works of art for a wide audience beyond Canberra — in regional, remote and metropolitan areas throughout Australia, and internationally. Since its official launch in 1988, the National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibitions Program has seen 88 exhibitions (including the ongoing Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift travelling exhibitions) visit over 700 locations. This occasion also marks 15 years of generous support by the program’s sponsor, Australian Air Express.

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