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MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS A N D ENVIRONMENT

IMPRESSIONISTS EXHIBITION OUTSTANDING SUCCESS

The Great Impressionists exhibition at the Australian National Gallery has attracted more than 70,000 visitors since opening

on 2 June.

The exhibition from the Courtauld Institute in London consists

of 100 outstanding works from the Impressionist and Post­

Impressionist periods.

The Great Impressionists has had an unprecedented effect on

Canberra tourism.

Tourism in June was an all-time record, up 12% on last year.

The Canberra Tourist Bureau estimates that in the month since opening, the exhibition has added a conservative $2.1 million to Canberra's economy. This is enough to support 70 additional jobs in the tourism industry.

Gallery services have catered to record numbers.

An estimated 4,000 epople have attended the lunchtime lectures on the Impressionist exhibition. Nearly 10,000 school

children in booked parties have visited the Gallery in this period almost double the number for June 1983.

Two concerts of music from the Impressionists period, arranged in conjunction with the Canberra School of Music, have attracted

overflow audiences.

So great has the demand been for the exhibition catalogue that

the initial print run of 15,000 was sold out in just over three weeks. Additional catalogues were ordered and are

selling fast.

CANBERRA

4 JULY 1984