The Community and Public Sector Union says 10 per cent of jobs were pared at the National Gallery of Australia and the number of exhibitions reduced from 12 to five this year. The National Museum of Australia has seen a 5.4 per cent cut in jobs and the National Library has endured a 3.4 per cent cutback.
Tamara Winikoff, executive director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, which has had part of its federal funding reduced, says: "It comes to a point where there are no more efficiencies to be found."
The Australia Council recently abandoned its attempt to absorb funding cuts through administrative savings to maintain full funding to artists.
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