State would be Vienna Austria not in Australia but we have the same phenomena here as well, the public and the TV are less interested in Art than in sports. I once had to find sponsors for an Artproject and was told by a large international corporation that they were forbidden to sponsor art events and art and that they were only allowed to sponsor sportevents. The funny thing is that Austria mostly lives from it's Habsburg past and it's cultural heritage but the money goes to sports mostly to football (very bad team) not even Ski (good team). And I fully agree with your sentiment that the public has to see the real thing and get a sense of history. In fact until 1945 Austria was one of the leading countries in developing photographic technology and art but the public either doesn't know or doesn't care about it. Show Ansel Adams and people will flock to the exhibition show Rudolf Koppitz and nobody will come.

Dominik