The Gallery’s founding document is the 1966 ‘Lindsay Report’ from the National Art Gallery Committee of Inquiry. That report, mindful of other Australian state collections, placed its greatest emphasis on:
- modern art worldwide
- the whole of Australian art
- works of art representing the high cultural achievement of Australia’s neighbours in southern and eastern Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Today, the Gallery aims to acquire an ambitious range of works of art that enhance and develop the existing collection of Australian and international art. The Gallery will continue its program of acquiring major works of art in accordance with the Act and the Art Acquisition Strategy. Works of art proposed for acquisition must fit the NGA’s Art Acquisition Strategy for that collecting area, which is established by consultation between curatorial and executive staff, and endorsed by the governing Council.