Today, arts editor Ashleigh Wilson tracks down globetrotting Nick Mitzevich, the impresario National Gallery of Australia director, who just three months into the job is already making big changes to the institution on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. There are big acquisitions, new gallery spaces and a couple of incredible lends on the cards (see pages 16 and 17), but one of the most interesting revelations in Wilson’s fine, exclusive cover story today is the plan for a new children’s museum. Surely it is one of the most shrewd decisions made at the NGA in many years, and with a handy donation from Tim Fairfax the wheels are already in motion. Mitzevich understands the NGA needs a fresh public profile, and he is evidently keen to target younger audiences. (That such an institution might vie for some of the lion cubs’ share of neighbouring Questacon — as close as Canberra has as destination tourism for children — will not be lost on many parents of young ones.) The NGA has had its share of controversy in the past few years — recall the small matter in 2014 of having to return to India a $5.6 million artefact whose provenance had been forged — and the time was nigh for a dramatic reinvention of an institution too many Australians take for granted. Indeed, the NGA’s current American Masters show is a testament to the prescience and collecting nous of the ghosts of gallery directors and governments past. I caught up with Mitzevich last week at the NGA, and, like a benevolent ruler, he was greeted throughout the building with wide eyes from gallerygoers and smiles from staff and workers. The gallery needed a new face, and it has one quite literally in the 48-year-old, whose burgeoning Instagram account reveals a man with a plan to push the NGA into wider public view. Will visitors start flooding through the doors of Colin Madigan’s brutalist building? Time will tell, but the signs are promising. The ARIA awards are a month away, and musicians and music lovers alike will be watching the weekly charts closely today as they shift to a new model. From today the ARIA chart will be collated along the same lines as its American counterpart, Billboard, wherein greater emphasis is placed on downloads of paid subscription services (Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music), as opposed to ad-supported free streams (YouTube, Soundcloud for singles.) The ARIAs will be held in Sydney’s The Star on November 28.