Star backs last ditch pitch for gallery

SPLASHING OUT: Director of the Lismore Regional Gallery Brett Adlington is at the forefront of a fresh campaign for a new gallery building.
SPLASHING OUT: Director of the Lismore Regional Gallery Brett Adlington is at the forefront of a fresh campaign for a new gallery building. Patrick Gorbunovs

THE Lismore Regional Gallery will today launch a major, six-week community campaign in a "last ditch" bid to gain funding from Regional Development Australia to update Lismore's art gallery, according to Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington.

The Pledge Now for Lismore Quadrangle campaign, developed by Friends of Lismore Regional Gallery, will be launched alongside the opening of the Not Quite Square exhibition, at 3pm today at the gallery.

It could be the last chance for Lismore City Council to make its case for a better gallery to the Federal Government and community pledges could help clinch the deal, said Mr Adlington.

Lismore City Council is hoping to apply for around $4 million from the Federal Government, with its own contribution largely in-kind, providing the land and C Block at the old Lismore High School site (council owned land) for refurbishment.

"This funding will allow us to create the vision of the Lismore Quadrangle, a space to bring together a variety of creative organizations," Mr Adlington explained.

The proposed quadrangle of the Conservatorium and Lismore Library would be a creative hub for the region, would be a boost to the not only the creative energy in the region, but would also create economic benefits, he said.

The peak Northern Rivers arts organisation, Arts Northern Rivers is also exploring the idea of relocating to Lismore and becoming part of the exciting venture, he said.

After all the hard work in the past and all the efforts to try to get a new building for the gallery, Mr Adlington said what was needed was support from locals.

"We need to illustrate that there's community support. We know it's there, but it's hard to (exemplify) sometimes, so we need to make a concrete show of it," he said.

"I think everybody understands that the Northern Rivers is such a creative place.

"It has sort of been found before that (the Northern Rivers) has the largest number of artists per capita in Australia" - people they'd like to be able to support better, he said.

Get involved

  • VISIT lismoregallery.org or contact the gallery personally over the next six weeks.
  • A large sign on the front of the current gallery building will track the progress of pledges over the next six weeks.
  • The pledges will only be called upon if Lismore City Council is successful in gaining external funding and all donations will be tax deductible.

The financial plan

  • Proposal t seek $4 million from the Federal Government Regional Development Australia Fund.
  • Lismore City Council's own contribution largely in-kind, providing the council owned building for use.



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