Numbers paint pretty picture of regional gallery success

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

The new Lismore Regional Gallery has been open for four months and Director Brett Adlington said the latest statistics already speak volumes about the gallery's success.

Brett said gallery staff crunched the numbers and the figures show that the new facility has been well received and is being well utilised.

“We’re really keen to celebrate our successes and show people how we’re doing – the gallery was such a long-awaited project for Lismore and we’re proud to be here and to be doing well,” he said.

“The longer we are open, the more momentum we gain. The most gratifying thing for me to see is the constant hum of activity that we could never dream of in the old gallery.

“There is a whole new audience of people, from across the region and further afield, who are coming to explore our new facility.”

The gallery’s programming for the new facility has been intentionally varied, with the presentation of a number of projects recognising Bundjalung land, as well as work by leading local and emerging artists.

“We’ve also presented work by major international contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor and Rudolf Stingel, and backed that up with an exhibition of work by European old masters such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya, Chagall and Renoir,” Brett said.

“There has also been a whole range of activity throughout the gallery with regular artist talks including weekly viewings of The Hannah Cabinet, and the launch of a monthly discussion series with Southern Cross University called Thursday Night Live!

“This is just the beginning – our program of events and talks will grow throughout 2018.”

The Lismore Quadrangle is also attracting new visitors to Lismore and the CBD city centre.

A partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council jointly funds the work of Marisa Snow, the Lismore Quadrangle Placemaking Officer, who is activating The Quad and Lismore CBD through innovative placemaking strategies over the next three years.

She has implemented an exciting program of events, installations and performances including live music, community events and artist residencies.

“We’re really seeing an upsurge in people connecting with us to partner in programs, donate artworks, host events, hire spaces and of course exhibit,” Brett said.

“I knew this would happen to some extent, but wasn’t prepared for how soon it would happen, or the degree of interest we’ve had. People are inspired, engaged and really animated about this new space. The response has been overwhelming.”

Gallery statistics: 28/10/17 – 28/2/18

  • 32,784        Number of visitors
  • 10               Number of exhibitions
  • 128             Number of artists shown
  • 80               Number of local artists
  • 57               Number of events
  • 3366           Attendance at events
  • 15               Number of education tours
  • 372             Number of tour participants
  • 17               Number of events held in the Quadrangle
  • 54%            Visitors from outside Lismore Local Government Area

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