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    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    APT7 exhibition boosts Qld economy by over $26m

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    APT7 exhibition boosts Qld economy by over $26m

    The summer’s 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) provided a $26.88 million boost to Queensland’s economy, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey and Minster for the Arts Ian Walker have revealed.

    Mr Walker said the APT series was one of Australia’s most important cultural events, attracting 2.34 million visitors since the Triennial began in 1993.

    “The $6 million APT7 project was made possible through a combination of State funding through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, Federal support through the Australia Council, corporate backing and private foundations,” Mr Walker said.

    “I would particularly acknowledge the support of Santos GLNG, Ausenco and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

    “Kids’ APT7 toured to a record breaking 76 regional Queensland galleries, community venues and Indigenous Knowledge Centres from Stanthorpe to Darnley Island in the Torres Strait, and more than 26,000 school students visited the exhibition in Brisbane.

    “This summer, GOMA will host the first Australian solo exhibition for leading international contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang – a project made possible because of the artist’s long term relationship with the Gallery since his first inclusion in APT2.”

    Ms Stuckey said the success of APT7, at QAGOMA from 8 December 2012 to 14 April 2013, demonstrated the importance of cultural experiences in delivering significant tourism outcomes for Brisbane and Queensland.

    “The economic impact report from QAGOMA indicates the exhibition attracted an attendance of more than 565,000, with close to one third of attendees travelling from outside Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

    “As the only exhibition series of Australian, Asian and Pacific contemporary art in the world, APT7 was a highlight on Queensland’s major event calendar, generating close to 83,000 visitor nights in 2013.

    “Supporting exclusive international exhibitions like APT7 through Tourism and Events Queensland is part of a strategic approach to reach the Government’s target of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

    Quilts 1700–1945, an exhibition of British quilt-making from London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is on show at QAG until 22 September. California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) opens on 2 November, while Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth opens on 23 November.

    [ENDS] 27 August 2013
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