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A day in the life of a gallery owner!

A gallery owner is engaged in a busy schedule dealing with every detail of the business. With various activities involving office duties and creating publicity events, a typical day is packed with efforts to draw closer to a public spotlight.

Creation and maintenance of exhibitions

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Maintaining a gallery successfully requires a constant selection of particular artwork, and carefully creating the best presentation. It is also important to stay updated with the current events in the world and be able to come up with appropriate visions for the community. To make good sales, the items on display must be at their best before reaching out to potential clients.

Organize events to create awareness and drive sales

Workshops and tours are planned and held in the building. Depending on the target audience, the gallery owner will employ several means to create publicity for the event. From university communities, high school, and working class in the community, it’s normal to have clients and financial support. Mostly, it’s the evening events that target an audience with huge conversion potential.

Daily administrative duties

Normal office work in a typical day involves paperwork and keeping the financial records updated. Records concerning sales and purchases are also a major focus. To effectively work on the balance sheets, major recurrent expenses like shipping costs and utility bills must be tracked and recorded.

As with any business, the bottom line is critical and the gallery owner must be keen to ensure profitability in all operations. To keep the business afloat, the expenses must be kept in check to make sure the profit margins are sustainable. Therefore, financial planning is critical to the perpetuation of attractive bottom lines.

Professional writing

As a supplier and a trusted presenter of art in the community, one of the most important duties is writing. From announcements, artist and artwork introductions, critiques, and official calls for support, the gallery owner must craft perfect write ups to serve the intended purpose. Additionally, application for grants and funding for the gallery are among the occasional writing responsibilities.

Management of art exchange programs and loans

Most galleries are connected to other art facilities in the area and internationally. Among several collaboration activities, art exchange is considered a critical practice. To make sure the process is smooth and accountable; the gallery owner must carefully manage the artwork loan program. All pieces received and sent out are recorded and regularly updated. The collaborating owners and directors are charged with a responsibility of ensuring all artwork are safe.

Interacting with artists frequently

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Artists are important to all galleries. Therefore, gallery owners take substantial time to interact with artists and inspect their recent creations. During these interactions, new and upcoming artists are identified and engaged appropriately. This task requires some long walks either in other galleries or an artist workshop. Without comfortable walking shoes, it can be very tiresome.

Negotiations for new pieces are initiated and effectively concluded. When there are upcoming shows in the gallery, artists may be invited to present their artwork. At times, the gallery owner can arrange to hire artwork from prominent artists for display.

Very cool: plans for a new museum and art space in Australia!

Plans for a global museum of the future are now complete with the government making a financial commitment. The Art Gallery of NSW will undergo a transformational expansion that will see it become a global museum. The government has set aside $244 million to facilitate the contemporary expansion.

beautiful garden

The investment will be focused on linking the gallery to the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney. This development will provide more space for art, education, live performances, and film. The work is scheduled to start in 2019 and be complete by 2021 to accommodate the gallery’s 150th anniversary.

Plans were previously faced by major setbacks  

Plans to expand the gallery had been conceptualized in 2013 but there had been a lot of hardships. Budget issues, incongruent visions, and aggressive infighting has held the project at bay until now. In 2015, the former prime minister criticized the idea and argued that it had nothing to do with art.

According to him, this was all about the money. He went further claiming that the plans were all about idolized events as well as increasing harbor views and creation of expensive venues for hire. But the AGNSW confirmed that the gallery, as well as the planned expansions, was purely about art.

According to the NSW arts minister, the project has been designed by the architects from the exceptionally unique Japanese firm SANAA. This firm has won prestigious prizes for architectural designs including the Pritzker award. The project is considered to be a commitment worth making once in a generation. The minister also stated that the gallery will be featuring various important art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

This move will also give NSW an edge over Brisbane and Melbourne who have been hosting major exhibitions. Sydney will become the art attraction and will host international art exhibitions.

However, the AGNSW has to contribute $100 million for the deal to move forward. But there has been an influx of patrons offering to make a contribution to the required capital. As with most modern businesses, partnerships are critical to success and the AGNSW is selecting the ideal contributor to work with on the project.  

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The indigenous art is already safely stored in a basement and its waiting for the space to be set up. This kind of art will be at the heart of the gallery once it’s complete.  This is aimed at changing how people perceive indigenous art and how important it is to the nation. But the extension is not just about having more space for the artwork. On completion, the gallery is hoping to attract more than 200,000 student visitors coming in for educational purposes.


When the project is finally wrapped up, Sydney will become an important destination for all art enthusiasts. And with huge exhibitions taking place, students and tourists will find it irresistible. With all plans in place and all funding almost assured, the expanded gallery is going to be operational by its 150th anniversary.