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Our valuable art at risk as we run out of space

QUEENSLAND'S valuable art and artefact collections risk damage unless storage capacity can be increased.

The fears have been raised in a report, tabled in Queensland Parliament on Tuesday, into Queensland's key arts precinct - including the museum, art gallery and library at South Bank in Brisbane.

Auditor-General Andrew Greaves said a 2012 report recommended increasing storage capacity but budget issues outside the arts agencies' control had resulted in project work in the shared off-site storage facility delayed until late 2013.

"In 2012, the Finance and Administration Committee found that the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland will all have challenges relating to short and medium storage capacity for their collections," his report said.

"Current storage capacity is expected to be fully utilised within the next 10 years for the arts statutory bodies.

"If not addressed adequately by then, the risk of damage to valuable art and artefact collections increases, and it may inhibit the ability to acquire new items for the collections."

Mr Greaves also found Queensland and Brisbane had low national recognition as an arts and cultural tourism destination "despite the significant international exhibitions and unique experiences offered".

He said the agencies had taken action to improve the tourism potential for arts and culture in Queensland; to maximise the benefits of the South Bank cultural precinct, and to strengthen collaboration.

"But without better integration into the state's tourism strategies, and a more robust plan to implement the Cultural Precinct Strategy 2013-2015, the full potential of this sector is likely to remain unrealised," the report read.