New website represents the future for touring exhibitions in Australia
The National Touring Exhibitions Support (NETS) Australia network today launches a new website, strengthening the identity of NETS Australia and the suite of touring exhibitions managed by the network.
The website shows visitors ‘What’s on’ around the country and includes exhibition information, interactive educational resources and engaging video content. Being mobile friendly, visitors can browse these resources while in an exhibition further enriching their viewing experience or access the online content remotely at any time.
The website features the National Exhibition Register, the first online directory of touring exhibitions from across the country. A one-stop, user-friendly tool designed to inform and inspire artistic programming, the National Exhibition Register features a wide variety of programs from galleries, museums, arts organisations and independent curators and artists.
Being mobile friendly, visitors can browse these resources while in an exhibition further enriching their viewing experience or access the online content remotely at any time.
Chair of NETS Australia, Michael Rolfe, reinforces the importance of this initiative.
“Touring exhibitions play a vital role in cultural programming right around Australia. This is certainly the case in regional and remote communities that rely on the work NETS agencies do.
A recent survey shows that 24% of exhibitions presented in public galleries and art centres throughout Australia are sourced from touring programs. That same survey reports that these exhibitions on average account for 47% of annual visitation.
These statistics clearly illustrate the value of the work NETS Australia does. With this website we can provide improved services and new possibilities in providing audiences with access to contemporary culture and exhibitions of real substance.”
The new website marks the first milestone in a four year strategic initiative funded by Australia Council for the Arts exploring the impact of technology on artistic practice and the potential for touring exhibitions in the digital age. The NETS Australia initiative explores groundbreaking application of technologies such as distance curation, 3D virtual mapping of gallery spaces and digitally delivered touring exhibitions.
About NETS Australia
The NETS Australia network is made up of of seven independent arts organisations from each state and territory dedication to the presentation, promotion and support of contemporary arts, craft and design to metropolitan and regional audiences across the country.
The NETS Australia network comprises Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring, Art on the Move, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Country Arts SA, Museums & Galleries of NSW, Museums and Gallery Services QLD, and NETS Victoria, and is supported by the Australia Council and state and territory funding bodies.
Visit the NETS Australia website.