The Artbank collection is dynamic, representing and promoting contemporary art from Australia, rather than a ‘museum’ collection. Balancing broad representation, excellence, new and emerging art practice and rentability are key factors when considering artworks for acquisition. The selection criteria that all artworks must meet to qualify for purchase are:
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The Artbank Preservation Policy outlines the approach to maintenance, storage and conservation of works of art in the collection. To achieve this Artbank refers to and applies the principles articulated in the International Council of Museums Code of Ethics for Museums.
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The Artbank Collection Deaccession Policy presents the rationale for the deaccession of artwork from the Artbank Collection.
An artwork should be held in the Artbank Collection if it is consistent with the purposes of Artbank and if it continues to be of significance and is able to be appropriately utilised and protected. When these standards are no longer met deaccessioning may be considered as a course of action.
Deaccessioning is part of collection management and is the formal process of the removal of an artwork from the collection. Deaccessioning and disposing of artwork from the Artbank Collection is an important part of the management and care of a collection. In deaccessioning, Artbank ensures the integrity and long-term quality of the Artbank Collection and acts within best practice industry standards and procedures. The Artbank Collection Deaccession Policy supports the Artbank Collection Acquisition Policy
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The Artbank Collection Plan presents the collecting strategy for Artbank in 2021-23. The Collection Plan is written in accordance with the criteria and procedures set out in the Artbank Collection Acquisition Policy.