The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa has eliminated 29 existing positions as part of budget cuts.

The cuts will mean 21 full-time employees will lose their jobs, while of the eight remaining positions, six were vacant and won't be filled and another two won't be refilled after the current job-holder retires. The Public Service Alliance of Canada said 19 of their members were among those who lost their jobs.

The National Gallery employees cut today were graphic designers, IT and web specialists, and some worked in registration and exhibitions.

The gallery also announced it was creating seven new jobs to help bring in revenue and work in visitor engagement.

"These changes will allow the Gallery to continue our tradition of excellence and engaging Canadians in a rewarding experience with art," said Gallery director and CEO Marc Mayer.