letter to the editor 29.7.16


It is an absolutely ridiculous assertion that Anderson House’s designation as a historic home restricts the APAG Committee’s ability to store and exhibit artworks. The Gallery has been successfully operating in Anderson House for almost 60 years. The decision to cease to continue operating was made by the APAG Committee almost three years ago and the Gallery has been closed since. There are numerous galleries and museums in New Zealand and around the world that operate and store collections in historic buildings/homes including the Eastern Southland Art Gallery in Gore which operates extremely successfully in a refurbished historic building. Further up the road the Otago Museum operates and stores its collection in a historic building. The Settlers Museum in Dunedin operates and stores its collection in a refurbished historic building. The Forrester Gallery (Oamaru’s Public Art Gallery) and the North Otago Museum in Oamaru operate and store their collections in historic buildings. Aigantighe (Timaru’s Public Art Gallery) operates and stores their collection in a refurbished historic home. I could go on and on. What about over the ditch – the Art Gallery of NSW and The Australian Museum in Sydney are accommodated in refurbished historic buildings. We are fortunate to have a public museum and art gallery in Invercargill which continues to operate despite the challenges with its building and collection. Priority should be given to ensuring the future development and sustainability of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery.