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Say goodbye to Lismore’s old regional art gallery

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A crowd outside the old regional art gallery in Lismore. (supplied)
A crowd outside the old regional art gallery in Lismore. (supplied)

The old Lismore Regional Gallery will be opening its doors for the last time tomorrow before closing to prepare for the move to the new gallery, which is currently being built.

The new gallery will be 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.

Once completed, the development is expected to create 27 direct jobs, boost visitor numbers to 300,000 annually, and expand Lismore’s economy by $1.8 million each year.

Gallery director Brett Adlington told Echonetdaily that everyone who had supported the gallery was invited to last drinks at the old gallery from 1pm.

‘It will be a very casual affair. It will be nice for the local community to come say goodbye and for us to thank everyone who has been a part of it,’ he said.

An artist's impression of the new Lismore Regional Art Gallery. (supplied)
An artist’s impression of the new Lismore Regional Art Gallery. (supplied)

The old gallery will be closing after 63 years. The current building was only ever meant to be temporary, but has proved popular with art patrons for years.

All current exhibitions will remain in place for tomorrow’s farewell, but once the crowds go, gallery staff will spend the next six months or so preparing for the opening of the new gallery.

During that time, staff will examine the 1000 pieces held in the gallery’s permanent collection, as well as go through the extensive library of books and art journals.

‘It’s going to be a big change,’ Mr Adlington said.

‘The new gallery is starting to look pretty smart and it should be ready to open early September.


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