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25 September 2017

What do you get when you cross Van Gogh masterpieces with dinosaurs and acclaimed feature films with Helpmann Award winning performances? A record breaking year for the creative industries in Victoria.

The annual reports of Victoria’s nine creative industries agencies were tabled in parliament last week, revealing another year of success, growth and new records for visitation and economic impact.

More than 11.7 million people visited Victoria’s state-owned arts and cultural institutions in the 2016-17 financial year, with record visitation at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and State Library Victoria (SLV).

Volunteers continue to fuel the creative industries with generous volunteer teams contributing more than 100,000 volunteer hours - the equivalent of 36 years of work for a single person - to our agencies.

Generosity was also seen on the philanthropic front, with State Library Victoria reaching its fundraising target of $27.7 million for its Vision 2020 redevelopment and the NGV receiving extraordinary artworks donations and bequests including Degas’ bronze sculpture Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot and Ai Weiwei’s installation Letgo Room which was created for NGV’s 2015/16 summer exhibition Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei.

In the screen sector, Docklands Studios Melbourne provided a base for major international projects including the final series of HBO’s The Leftovers, and local productions such as Millionaire Hot Seat.

Film Victoria invested in a total of 84 film, television, online and games projects which created 7,715 additional employment opportunities and generated more than $230 million for Victoria’s economy – a record high for expenditure since Film Victoria was established in 2001.

Highlights of the year included:

  • Arts Centre Melbourne leading the ground-breaking Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts which was enjoyed by 890,000 people.
  • ACMI holding the mantle as the most visited moving image museum in the world, with a total of 1.85 million visitors experiencing ACMI events and programs in 2016-17. 1.3 million people were welcomed to the Federation Square site and a further 561,000 took in ACMI’s touring and offsite programs which included exhibitions in Mexico, South Korea, the USA and Germany.
  • The National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons welcoming 462,000 visitors and becoming the NGV’s most successful ticketed exhibition ever.
  • Melbourne Museum’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition which attracted 422,540visitors. The home-grown world-premiere exhibition was developed as a collaboration between Museums Victoria, Universal Studios and the Melbourne-based Creature Technology Company and is now enjoying a world tour.
  • The Film Victoria-supported production Lion, which was based at Docklands Studios Melbourne during its Victorian shoot, enjoyed a successful run at cinemas locally and abroad. The film went on to become the fifth most successful film at the Australian box office of all time and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
  • Major redevelopment projects getting underway at Geelong Performing Arts Centre and State Library Victoria.
  • Record memberships and multiple Helpmann Awards for Melbourne Recital Centre.

Agency annual reports are now available online