Melbourne's ACMI cuts staff, programs

Australian Centre for Moving Image to lose 17 full-time and casual jobs, cut back its exhibition programs and shorten opening hours in bid to cut costs.

Melbourne's Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI)--host of last year's Game Masters exhibition--has announced it will be cutting back its exhibition programs this year in a bid to cut costs.

Under the new changes--as reported by The Age--ACMI will cut 17 full-time and casual jobs, shorten its opening hours and feature only two exhibitions per year.

According to ACMI director and chief executive Tony Sweeney, the centre is struggling in the face of the global economic crisis, reduced visitor spending and a freeze on government grants.

''We need to make changes in response to ensure our continued success and ongoing sustainability,'' Sweeney said.

ACMI has hosted many video game exhibitions in the past, including last year's Game Masters exhibition, as well as the Best of the Independent Games Festival 2011 and the ongoing Game On exhibition.

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Games haven't been a huge part of ACMI, its a lot more about the cinema

With ACMI blended into the ugliness of FedSq I'm surprised people walking down the street could look up and say hey check that out.

ACMI is a museum