The Carriageworks arts precinct. (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

Sydney arts venue Carriageworks became one of COVID-19's victims this week.

Its board announced on Monday that it had appointed voluntary administrators following the sustained effects of cancellations across the arts.

Galleries in Australia are facing the same uncertain future as every other sector in the country, and like other sectors it's showing up problems that have been present for a long time.