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Nov 18, 2008

Edmund Capon to leave the Art Gallery of NSW

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, who has steered the Art Gallery of NSW to national and international pre-eminence, is at the point of departure, writes Alex Mitchell.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, who has steered the Art Gallery of NSW to national and international pre-eminence, is at the point of departure.

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  1. paddy

    TM What’s a humble cover charge to you, may well be too much for the truly poor.
    There’s a fine tradition in Oz of free access to public galleries and libraries etc.
    Long may it continue.

  2. davo

    At least NSW is interesting, unlike the snorefest that is SA, or even WA….

  3. Damien Almond

    Dear Crikey, why do we get so much of Alex Mitchell? As far as I can tell, the only thing we ever get from him is ridiculous intrigues of NSW, or really Sydney, politics. I know NSW is the biggest state, yada yada. But really, quite frankly nobody outside of Syndey cares, I don’t even read the contributions Alex makes to Crikey anymore.

  4. Tom McLoughlin

    Well old bean have to disagree with you there. Why isn’t there a humble entrance fee, with free entrance for say school groups? The gallery is arguably more impressive than the Oz Museum which has a cover. What about the national gallery or Vic Gallery?

    And I’m not talking user pays, rather token of respect. A mere $2 or 3 bucks would be fine. Most free things are treated less than respectfully. Sad but true. Is this one of those sacred cow things? Everywhere has a cover charge to pay for maintenance.

    You imply it’s fine to sell some unique local product to get in a Cezanne. Well maybe. But with a humble cover charge over the years it could have been paid for and no sell offs? I don’t remember getting into the Prado for nothing, or the Louvre if memory serves (?), Gaudi garden was free but not the Sagrada Familia.

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