Gallery goes up a Peg
THE Lismore Regional Art Gallery has been named as a finalist running for the NSW Local Government Cultural Awards.
The gallery is running in the Participation in Arts and Culture: Accessibility in the Arts category, for Peggy Popart's chartered tours.
Peggy Popart is a character played by actor Claudie Frock, who guides young children and adults for 40 minutes around the gallery one Saturday a month.
The tours are filled with fun, comedy and are famous for keeping children focused on the subject for long peri- ods of time.
The Local Government Arts and Culture Awards recognise outstanding council achievements in delivering arts and cultural initiatives.
Winners will be announced on November 13-14 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Peggy Popart's tours have also recently been awarded a $28,000 grant from Arts NSW to expand Peggy's tours in 2013.
The grant will allow the gallery to deliver the tours to school students and pay for their transport to the gallery.
"It is a way to engage schools in our program next year," Lismore Art Gallery director Brett Adlington said.
Mr Adlington said that Peggy Popart "is a 1960s-style tour guide. She can be a little bit bossy but at the same time a lot of fun and engaging.
"I don't understand why the kids don't play up more; I guess they are amazed with this person."
Adults can visit the gallery on Thursday, November 22, for Peggy Popart's Cocktail Hour.
Ms Popart will be interviewing the artist Kate Maurice, who will be opening an exhibition the next day.