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Advice and support

At NETS Victoria we welcome conversation with the visual arts and design sector. As the peak body for visual arts touring, NETS Victoria provides advice and support on all kinds of exhibition touring to the sector at no cost. You can give us a call, send us an email (info@netsvictoria.org) or meet with us face-to-face to seek advice on the practicalities of developing and touring your exhibition.

State Funding

Funding for developing a touring exhibition in Victoria can be sought through Creative Victoria’s Touring Victoria program. The Touring Victoria program supports, encourages and enables the touring of quality, professional Victorian arts product to regional and outer-metropolitan communities across the State.

National Funding

The Federal Government provides support through the Visions of Australia program. Visions of Australia aims to enable more Australians to enjoy our diverse culture by accessing exhibitions of cultural material. It provides funding to eligible organisations to develop and tour exhibitions of Australian cultural material across Australia.

Developing a tour itinerary

For a comprehensive list of the public galleries in Victoria, see the Public Galleries Association of Victoria website. www.pgav.org.au

Finding a supplier

A list of suppliers including packing, crating and freight companies is available to members of Museums Australia (Victoria) here.

Travelling Exhibitions handbook

For useful information about touring purchase a copy of NETS Victoria’s Travelling Exhibitions: A Practical Handbook for Metropolitan and Regional Galleries and Museums by Sara Kelly. Visit the publications area of our website or click on the link above.

Host a NETS Victoria touring exhibition

NETS Victoria supplies the public gallery sector with arguably the best touring exhibitions in the country. We work closely with curators working independently and as part of Victoria’s leading arts organisations to develop outstanding exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design.

When hosting a NETS Victoria exhibition you will receive the full package. In addition to quality publications, extensive learning guides, comprehensive promotions kits and stylish invitations, we ensure that the exhibition is delivered with beautifully designed signage, text panels and object labels, and all the exhibition furniture and technology required.

NETS Victoria has a strong reputation for providing support and assistance at every step of the journey. We are dedicated to working collaboratively with staff at host galleries to install our touring exhibitions and to achieve the best presentation, given the intricacies and uniqueness of each gallery space. Although we develop comprehensive tour manuals with packing, handing and installation instructions, we also understand that it is often more helpful for our exhibition experts to work with our host institutions to oversee the installation and presentation of the project.

In developing an itinerary for a new exhibition, we call for expressions of interest from the sector and also at times directly approach galleries that we believe the exhibition might appeal to and have a relationship with the proposed project, through their location, their audience or their collection.

Eligibility Checklist

  • You must be a legally constituted not-for-profit public gallery with an exhibition space that can accommodate the exhibition.
  • Your organisation must be open regularly to the general public, and must be committed to promoting the exhibition to reach a broad audience within their community and beyond.
  • Generally organisations must meet our Minimum Standards for Host Venues.
  • Some projects have specific requirements in relation to facilities, so please check the exhibition description to ensure you are eligible
  • The gallery must agree to be contractually responsible for the receipt, handling, packing, security, installation, promotion and supervision of the exhibition. You must supply appropriately qualified staff to fulfil this responsibility.

You must also fulfil your contractual obligations as outlined in the NETS Victoria Touring Exhibition Loan Agreement and must work collaboratively with the NETS Victoria team in the presentation of this exhibition at your gallery.