$300m art collection at risk from poor storage
WA’s $300 million State art collection is at risk of damage as a result of poor storage conditions, the Auditor-General has found.
When not on display, the Art Gallery of WA collection, which includes major works by artists Frederick McCubbin, Jackson Pollock and Sidney Nolan, is stored in several spaces in the gallery, including converted exhibition areas.
In 2012, the gallery found its more than 5000sqm of storage space was congested and would need to be doubled to meet demand through to 2032.
Paintings were stored on the floor, held up by wedges.
In a report tabled in Parliament yesterday, acting auditorgeneral Sandra Labuschagne said AGWA struggled to balance expanding and preserving the the collection.
“A significant shortage of appropriate storage space places artworks at risk of damage from not being stored appropriately, and limits access to the collection for conservation work and public engagement,” she said.
“Establishing a plan is particularly important given the limited resources AGWA has available to carry out this work.”
In response to the report, the gallery said it was working with agencies and the Government to find a “speedy offsite storage solution”.