M&G NSW runs the largest touring program of contemporary visual culture in NSW, delivering the best Australian visual art to regional, remote and metropolitan audiences through the comprehensive network of public galleries and museums Australia wide.

Touring Nationally

Our comprehensive shows and their associated programs have an impressive reach across the country and present a varying view of contemporary arts practices.

In Development

Take a look at our exciting projects due to launch soon. Aiming to push the boundaries with new ideas, unconventional mediums, critical concepts, and captivating installations, we are currently developing new exhibitions for tour with both NSW-based and national partners.

Past Exhibitions

Extending across every state and territory in Australia, our touring exhibition program has presented many important figures of Australian contemporary art.

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:

Susan Wacher, Exhibitions, Funding & Programs Manager
Email: susanw@mgnsw.org.au
Phone number: (02) 5663 2340

Kelly Price, Exhibitions Coordinator
Email: kellyp@mgnsw.org.au
Phone number: (02) 5663 2335

Touring Exhibition Proposals

PLEASE NOTE: M&G NSW will not be taking any new proposals for touring exhibitions during 2024 – we look forward to taking proposals once again in 2025.

M&G NSW accepts proposals for touring exhibitions 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.

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.

NETS Australia

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.

Visit the NETS Australia website