Western Australia’s $300 million state art collection is at risk of damage or loss thanks to a lack of storage space and appropriate conservation, an auditor-general’s report has found.
The report, released today by acting auditor-general Sandra Labuschange, said the collection was at risk because of “storage, conservation and monitoring issues”.
It found the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), which manages the collection, was struggling to manage the vast majority of its collection that was not on display.
This is because its database is poorly documented, key records are incomplete and there has been no stocktake since 2010.
“AGWA struggles to balance its responsibilities to grow and also preserve the state’s $300 million art collection,” the report stated.