FUNDING PROVIDED: Lismore MP Thomas George with Lismore Regional Gallery curator Kezia Geddes, NORPA general manager Patrick Healey and the gallery's learning officer Claudia Frock
FUNDING PROVIDED: Lismore MP Thomas George with Lismore Regional Gallery curator Kezia Geddes, NORPA general manager Patrick Healey and the gallery's learning officer Claudia Frock Contributed

Funding for NORPA and Lismore Regional Gallery

IT'S no secret the Northern Rivers is a centre for passionate artistic abilities but now the state government has backed it with three years of funding.

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George has announced $1.11m over three years to Northern Rivers Performing Arts Inc (NORPA) and Lismore Regional Gallery to engage and build more audiences.

"I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting the gallery with $225,000 and NORPA with $885,000," Mr George said.

Strong vote of confidence

Lismore Regional Gallery's director Brett Adlington said they were very excited to be receiving multi-year funding from Arts NSW, as well as an increase in funding.

"We feel it is a strong vote of confidence in our programming. It also provides much more certainty for us into 2018, with full knowledge of that level of commitment.

NORPA's funding will continue its Generator Program and School Education Program, together with its annual season of professional theatre.

NORPA General Manager, Patrick Healey explained,

"We have relied on making annual grant applications for annual funding," NORPA General Manager, Patrick Healey said, 

"Three year funding provides much needed stability for NORPA in planning and devising our entire artistic program."

Railway Wonderland

Mr Healey said NORPA's current production - Railway Wonderland - was an example of the importance, and beauty, to be found in telling stories from regional Australia.

"Railway Wonderland's artistic merit has attracted national attention," he said.

"It has also created 60 jobs during its making with 55 of those being based locally, it is delighting the city, and attracting large numbers of visitors.

"Arts NSW, and the Arts Minister, Troy Grant, are to be commended for making this important commitment to support performing arts in regional New South Wales and Lismore."



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