The Lismore Quadrangle and Regional Gallery has been awarded $300,000 from the state government to go towards its fit-out.
The funding will be used to install LED lighting throughout, four moveable walls and infrastructure to hang artworks.
The gallery is the centrepiece of the $5.8million Lismore Quadrangle Project, which will also include a public piazza and new car parking spaces to complement the existing library and Northern Rivers Conservatorium buildings.
Lismore MP Thomas George said the funding would ensure the gallery, which has been an integral asset of the northern rivers cultural sector for over 60 years, was equipped to deliver for the future.
‘I’m proud the NSW Government has awarded further funding for the signature component of the ‘Lismore Quadrangle’ project that provides our community with a quality designated cultural precinct,” Mr George said.
‘This funding injection from the NSW Government will ensure our gallery is of the highest standard and best placed to attract audiences from all over in addition to ensuring we meet expectations from major institutions we can lend works from. ’
The NSW Government is proud to support this exciting project that will contribute to the well-being of so many through the development of high quality cultural infrastructure.”
Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the redevelopment will ensure the Lismore Regional Gallery can thrive for generations to come.
‘The refurbished Lismore Gallery will be a place that the community can be proud of and increases its capacity to host a range of cultural initiatives for local residents and tourists,’ Mr Grant said.
‘The NSW Government understands how important enhancing local facilities is to meet the needs of thriving regional communities. ’
Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said the gallery development was a team effort from all levels of government and sectors of the community.
‘This gallery will help put us on the map regionally and bring new visitors to enliven our city centre, and we’re thrilled that the NSW Government and our local MP Thomas George can see the value in that.”
The $300,000 ClubGRANT for the Lismore Regional Gallery is in addition to almost $400,000 from the NSW Government since 2011 in program and project funding.
Construction of the new gallery and quadrangle by Bennett’s Construction is currently underway.