Earlier fears that a World of Wearable Art exhibition at the
Otago Museum could incur a sizeable loss have been allayed,
thanks to a positive public response.
At a recent Otago Museum Trust Board meeting, members heard
there had been initial concerns the museum could have been
"in the hole" for about $30,000 over the travelling show.
Recently-tabled, unaudited museum accounts showed initial
costs amounting to about $38,000, but museum treasurer Mike
Horne said this week that public attendance at the
high-profile, paid-entry show was significantly offsetting
those costs and the show could be close to breaking even when
it ended on October 28.
Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul said higher costs would
have been incurred if the museum had sought to create another
big exhibition instead of the wearable arts show.