BOCCE TIME: Lismore artist Leonie Lane at the Lismore regional Art Gallery with a section of the Italian exhibition.
BOCCE TIME: Lismore artist Leonie Lane at the Lismore regional Art Gallery with a section of the Italian exhibition. Jacklyn Wagner

Italia in Australia

BANANAS, Business and Bocce is the theme of the latest exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

The exhibition tells the stories of Italian migrants who journeyed from Italy to Lismore to make a new life for themselves and their families.

Local artist Leonie Lane said the exhibition was her interpretation of stories told to her about the heritage of the Italian community in the Northern Rivers.

"The exhibition has been led and informed by the Italian community," Ms Lane said. "It's a stepping stone and a call-out to the local Italian community to help develop the larger story of the Italian community."

Ms Lane said the exhibition drew on historical collections, photographs, artefacts and personal memories to capture key components of the local Italian community's story.

The culmination is an evocative blend of sounds, images and objects that give an insight into stories of the past.

Gallery curator Kezia Geddes said the work acknowledged the history and contribution the Italian community made to farming, business and the community.

"We are hopeful that the exhibition, once it's finished here will go on to New Italy as a permanent display in some form."

The Italian community has made a great contribution to the Northern Rivers since the 1900s.

Ms Lane said she encouraged both Italians and non-Italians to see the exhibition and celebrate the contribution made by Italians.

All about it

What: Bananas, Business and Bocce exhibition

When: August 20-26, Official opening July 27 at 12.30pm.

Where: Lismore Regional Gallery. Entry is free

 



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