Community invited to grand opening of new regional gallery

Monday, 23 October 2017

The Lismore community is warmly invited to the grand opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery on Saturday, 28 October.

The $5.8 million Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle project at the old Lismore High School site off Keen Street is now complete, and the doors are being thrown open to local residents, VIPs and visitors.

Lismore Regional Gallery Director Brett Adlington said a gallery for Lismore was first mooted as far back as 1901. In 1954, Council opened the previous gallery premises in Molesworth Street as a ‘temporary gallery’.

After decades of discussion, funding applications and hard work, Brett said it was an incredible feeling to finally roll out the red carpet and open the doors to Lismore's new permanent gallery.

“It has certainly been a long time coming!” he laughed.

“The Lismore Regional Gallery is now a functional and modern facility that we can be proud of as a regional city. We have four times the space; a climate controlled, flood-free storage area for our permanent collection of more than 1000 pieces; and a friendly and welcoming environment for visitors and locals.

“It’s will be such an exciting day. There has been so much effort from so many individuals to get us to this point. It’s overwhelming really… it feels quite surreal to finally be here.”

The new gallery was designed by Bangalow-based architect Dominic Finlay-Jones, who also designed the award-winning Lismore City Hall refurbishment.

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said the new Lismore Regional Gallery will see visitation of 55,000 people annually, boosting Lismore’s economy by $1.8 million.

“The new Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle will become a strong anchor for the city centre,” Isaac said.

“It will bring vibrancy to the CBD and attract tourists and locals, who will inevitably flow into the city centre. The mural at the entrance to the gallery by Githabul artist Luke Close has already transformed the space. The whole gallery and Quad development will change the face of Lismore CBD.

“I am so honoured to open this amazing new facility and see the legacy of so much hard work by so many finally come to fruition. It is a truly great day for Lismore.”

The Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle project was funded with $2.85 million from the federal government’s Stronger Region’s Fund, $120,000 from the Lismore Quadrangle Pledge Campaign, $410,000 from the state government, $126,800 in other public donations, and a $500,000 donation from the Margaret Olley Arts Trust. Council funded the remainder with borrowings of $1.9 million.

The program for the grand opening on Saturday, 28 October is as follows:
From 3.30pm: 100 Wonderplace’s ‘Artkeepers’ project in the Quadrangle
5.30pm: Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony in the Lismore Quadrangle
5.45pm: Speeches and official opening
6.30pm: Gallery open to public visitors
6.30pm: Tralala Blip will play in the Quadrangle
7.15pm: Romaine Moreton and Lou Bennett (from Tiddas), performing a new work drawing together poetry, moving image, and an original score performed by Moreton including words from Nina Simone’s song, Four Women.
After the grand opening, Lismore Regional Gallery opening hours will be: Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 6pm, and Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am to 4pm.

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