GALLERY IN FOCUS – Lismore Gallery

LRG_image2014 marks 60 years

Since a small group of arts supporters had their dream realised to open a regional gallery in Lismore. When the gallery was opened by the then director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Hal Missingham, it was the only public gallery between Sydney and Brisbane.

While the desperate need to address a new facility for Lismore Regional Gallery remains, it continues to present a highly regarded program of contemporary exhibitions and events – both inside and outside the gallery. In 2014 a new series of engaging events will be presented, including ‘Side Block Screenings’ – quirky outdoor films shown under the stars.

Since 2006 the gallery has worked closely with Splendour In The Grass to present new work by contemporary Australian artists.  The gallery is currently calling for submissions from artists interested in presenting a new work for the 2014 festival.

The 60th anniversary will also be marked by an exhibition, led by Duke Albada, in which the community can cast their mind 60 years into the future to determine how they want Lismore to be.

Further info on all these activities



Dale Rhodes – study from an 1842 painting by Chasseriau

New drawing & painting class

Painter Dale Rhodes will be running a new drawing and painting class at Byron Community College from 19 Feb.

The course looks at the techniques that underpin all great realist painting. It includes understanding form and creating three-dimensionality, mastering tone, and mixing and controlling colour.

Students will gain a robust but flexible way to paint subjects from still life to portraits, and to develop their individual painting style over time.

Techniques will be discussed with reference to painters past and present, but the course will mainly be hands on. For anyone who wants to develop their drawing and painting. Beginners welcome.

Tutor Dale Rhodes (

Wed 9am to 3pm. Eight-week term from 19 Feb. Byron Community College, Mullumbimby.

Enroll at 6684 3374 |


Lismore Art Gallery

Lloyd Rees – More than forty works will follow seventy years of the artist’s travels, and include portrayals of France, Spain and Greece and numerous depictions of the Australian landscape. AñA Wojak retraces her family’s journeys of migration in reverse order, following the matriarchal line, weaving them together with a performative gesture recorded at each site of significance. Works on paper and film by Penny Evans refers to the artist’s Indigenous (Kamilaroi/Gomeroi) heritage and is a reconstruction of her family identity subsequent to assimilationist policies in NSW.

Bennett Miller and Craig Walsh (Splendour Arts) discuss the concept and development of BARNRAISER and the context of art within the festival environment, a major new work by WA artist Bennett Miller, shown for the first time at Splendour In The Grass 2013. Info on Splendour In The Grass ‘New Work’ Commission – call out for 2014 will also be available.

131 Molesworth St, Lismore | 6622 2209 |


Hammer & Hand

Hammer & Hand is a working studio/gallery and metal workshop. The gallery showcases a fabulous and eclectic range of handcrafted jewellery, metalwork and sculpture, designed and made by local artisans.

Every day of the week you can meet a different maker, watch them at work and buy directly from the artists at studio prices. Commissions of custom pieces welcome.

1/4 Ti Tree Place. A&I Estate, Byron Bay, NSW | 0409 960 614 |

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