Given the scale of the blood-letting in Tim Nicholls' Queensland budget yesterday, it might be thought that the arts got off rather lightly.

There will be cuts, of course: $12.4 million from arts grants over the forward estimates, and several of the state's cultural institutions, such as the Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum, will also have their funding reduced. Around 25 jobs will go from the Queensland Art Gallery, the Museum will lose 22 jobs, and there will be likely be jobs lost from Arts Queensland.

Discovering the true nature and scale of the funding cuts from the budget papers is very difficult. As with many of the other departments in Campbell Newman's government, the arts has been moved to a new organisational entity in the new government -- out of Anna Bligh's Premier's Department, and into Ros Bates' Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.