NETS Australia

The National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Australia is the national network committed to the delivery of best practice touring exhibitions of contemporary visual culture to remote and metropolitan communities throughout Australia.

The network comprises seven state organisations: Artback NT, ART ON THE MOVE, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Country Arts SA, Museums & Galleries of NSW, Museums & Galleries Queensland, and NETS Victoria.

Annually, we tour over 50 exhibitions to audiences of more than 500,000 people across nearly 7.7 million square kilometres featuring works by over 1000 artists.

Established as an Australia Council initiative in 1985 to increase access to and enjoyment of contemporary art, our network continues to deliver on these aims and also collaborates on national projects and initiatives for the touring sector.

We provide a coordinated national approach to touring exhibition programming, audience development initiatives, public and education programming and professional development, with an emphasis on regional access.

Each organisation works in partnership with Australian public exhibiting organisations, including art galleries, contemporary art spaces, Indigenous art organisations, and craft and design councils to develop outstanding exhibitions for tour.

We offer in-kind support in tour management, including itinerary development and programming; loan agreements with lenders and host venues; packing, crating and transport management; condition reporting and conservation advice; resource development, including catalogues and education resources; insurance, OH&S and risk assessment; and sponsorship and grant applications, budgeting and acquittals.

Further information on the network and the Exhibition Register can be found here:

Need advice on developing your exhibition for tour? Contact your state office for more information:

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring

Art on the Move -Western Australia

Contemporary Art Tasmania

Museums & Galleries NSW

National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria

Museums and Galleries Queensland

Country Arts SA – Visual Arts Touring Program

The majority of organisations within the NETS network in each State and Territory are funded by the Federal Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the State and Territory Governments.