Hidden Treasures inside the National Gallery of Australia

Director: John Hughes
Year: 2006
Duration: 15 x 5 mins.

The National Gallery of Australia has more than 100,000 works in its collection – from decorative arts to photography and sculpture – but only a fraction of these can be exhibited at one time. In this series of micro-docs, former director of the gallery Betty Churcher presents an insider’s guide to some of the “hidden treasures” that are rarely on public display.

From her unique vantage point, she makes intriguing connections between a range of artworks and artists. These are fascinating tales – about the works themselves, the people who created them and the challenge of preserving them – and a tantalising look at some of the ideas and influences that have shaped modern art across the globe.

Production Credit

Director John Hughes, Writer Betty Churcher, Presenter Betty Churcher, Producers John Hughes, Philippa Campey.

A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Early Works. Produced in association with the ABC, with special thanks to the National Gallery of Australia.

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