M&G NSW runs the largest touring program of contemporary visual art and craft in NSW, delivering the best Australian art to regional, remote and metropolitan audiences through the comprehensive network of public galleries and museums Australia wide.
In the last three years, M&G NSW has reached over half a million visitors through 16 exhibitions of contemporary art and craft that toured to 51 separate galleries and museums across six states and territories.
We work closely with a range of organisations and partners to develop innovative exhibitions for tour nationally, presenting the full spectrum of contemporary art and craft practice by leading artists, both emerging and established. Our partners are regional galleries and arts centres, contemporary art spaces, university galleries, state cultural institutions, and private collections and include Artspace, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and UNSW Galleries.
M&G NSW provides support and advice on exhibition development and delivery, itinerary development and programming, freight and logistics management, insurance, conservation and condition reporting, program development, marketing, promotion and risk assessment.
Our touring exhibitions come complete with resources including high-quality publications, educational material, public programs and activities.
For more information on our touring exhibition program, please contact:
Touring Exhibition Proposals
M&G NSW accepts proposals for touring exhibitions all year-round from regional and public galleries, museums, Aboriginal cultural centres, and cultural spaces, collections and archives. We tour large exhibitions with ambitious ideas, small shows with meaningful outcomes, and adaptable presentations centred on access, education and building the capacity of the sector. We would love to hear from you!
In most cases the exhibitions have their initial presentation at the originating institution or cultural space, and then M&G NSW package the show for tour. To allow for this process, it is best if we are contacted well before the initial presentation so that we can discuss the particularities of touring with the curators, artists, cultural producers, lenders and anyone else involved. We take the proposed exhibition partnership to a selection of Peers from our Register of Peers for their advice, knowledge and consideration. It is then time to develop an itinerary and seek funding.
As we do not have the capacity to take on the administration of every wonderful project that comes our way, we also are a part of a national network of touring agencies and together we host the National Exhibitions Register (NER) and support galleries, museums and Aboriginal cultural centres in touring their own product within NSW and nationally. Further details below.
M&G NSW is the NSW representative of National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Australia, a national network of independent arts organisations committed to promoting and presenting contemporary art, craft and design through touring exhibitions.
Membership of NETS describes a shared ambition to ensure that regional and remote audiences have access to the best contemporary visual art and craft exhibitions and audience engagement opportunities.
Established as an Australia Council initiative in 1988 to increase access to and enjoyment of contemporary art, the national network services the third of Australia’s population who reside outside metropolitan centres. NETS Australia continues to deliver on these aims and collaborates on national projects and initiatives to support and grow the capacity of the artists, curators, writers, galleries and their staff and volunteers that we work with.
Over the last three years NETS Australia exhibitions were seen by 1.77 million people, Australia wide – the majority who live in regional and remote areas. NETS agencies employ over 650 artists annually.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.