Art Gallery of NSW under fire over $5k cake for taxpayer funded gala

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, AGNSW director Michael Brand, Arts Minister Don Harwin, AGNSW president David Gonski, and Premier Gladys Berejiklian cut the $5k cake.

The Art Gallery of NSW has come under fire for its lavish taxpayer funded gala anniversary in April which cost almost $100,000.

The 150th anniversary event attracted a who’s who of Sydney’s elite including Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Arts Minister Don Harwin and gallery trust president David Gonski, who enjoyed a slice of an almost $5,000 cake made especially for the gala.

The 80cm black iced ball, housed a 45cm coconut and chocolate ganache cake inside and cost $4897. In addition, individual cake portions costing $4648 were also served to guests.

Other expenses included a more than $2000 pink carpet installed for the event and $20,000 spent on black umbrellas featuring the Art Gallery’s new logo handed out as gifts to guests.

“The 150th anniversary event at the Art Gallery of NSW was part of our ongoing engagement with our philanthropic and sponsorship partners and supporters of which there were 260 guests in attendance,” said a gallery spokeswoman.

The figures were unearthed by Labor’s Rort Report, run by Labor Upper House MP Rose Jackson, who told the Daily Telegraph “you can celebrate our wonderful art gallery without such a gratuitous waste of tax payer dollars”.