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Grant to the NSW Art Gallery



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EMBARGO: 6.00PM FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER 1973":

PR1SV1E M I N I S T E R

Press Statement No

23 November 1973

GRANT TO THE N.S.W. ART GALLERY

The Prime Minister today announced that he had approved a grant of $20,000 to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to help clear its outstanding debt of $75,000 on the purchase of ^ the self-portrait by Pierre Bonnard.

The grant is conditional on the Government of New South Wales providing the remaining $55,000.

The grant was recommended by the Visual Arts Board of the Australian Council for the Arts. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. John Baily, said that the grant was in about the same proportion to the total purchase price as the $50,000 granted

recently to the National Gallery of Victoria towards the purchase of the painting "Val d'Aosta" by J.M.W. Turner...

The Prime Minister also announced approval for a shceme to support living Australian artists by subsidising the purchase of their work on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

In announcing the scheme, the Prime Minister said it was designed to encourage Australian art galleries to acquire ' contemporary works, and to directly benefit practising artists.

The subsidy scheme, which wopld operate through the Visual Arts Board, would be available to all public galleries and collections. Doliar-for-dollar grants would be given only for the purchase of works directly from the artist or from his nominated agent.

It would not apply to works bought at auction or by resale, where there was no benefit to the artist.

Mr. Whitlam said that the scheme would provide a needed stimulus to the purchase and display of contemporary works, on which relatively little is spent at present. Public galleries and collections enjoying this form of assistance will need to satisfy the Board of wide access to their collections and of their professional competence in the

selection of works.

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

GRANTS TO ARTISTS

Press Statement, E. G. Whit lam, 23 November 1973

The Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitiam, today announced grants to artists totalling $258,000. Among the 86 artists who will benefit are Mr Guy Grey-Smith, Mr Roger Kemp and Mr Lyndon Dadswell, each of whom receives a grant of

S10,000. In recommending the grants, the Chairman of the Visual Arts Board, of the Australian Council for the Arts, Mr John Baily, said the three artists had made, j during long careers, very significant contributions to the art of Australia. i Mr Baily also said that in many cases the grants were designed to allow artists \

to devote an intensive period to their creative work without the need to engage in ยท other employment in order to live. He said that frequently an artist was able to give j only a mere residue.of time and energy to creative work. In some cases the grants were intended to make possible the purchase of equipment and materials for special projects, or allow artists to travel abroad to gain essential experience.