From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Art gallery pain. The Art Gallery of NSW lost more than 30 years of experience this morning with media staff Claire Martin and Susanne Briggs losing their jobs at the gallery. Staff have been told that the reason for the redundancies is "restructuring" and the gallery's media office is to become a communications unit. Martin and Briggs told Crikey that they were "devastated" by the news. Briggs, who has been at the gallery for 10 years, said "the support we've had from colleagues here at the gallery has been overwhelming, and it's been a very very hard morning", while Martin, with 21 years at the gallery, said "I've had a wonderful career here". At the same time, the gallery's public programs officer, Sheona White, was also made redundant -- her unit will be renamed the department of activation (whatever that means). White told Crikey she was “in shock” at the announcement. Gallery trustees are said to be alarmed by the latest bloodletting. The gallery hired a new Director of Public Engagement earlier this year. We've previously been told some staff at the gallery are unhappy with a new direction, and this won't help.