A piece of Nimbin museum history finds a permanent home

A PIECE of Nimbin's iconic museum, which was destroyed by fire in August 2014, has found a home in the Lismore Regional Gallery.

A photograph by internationally renowned photographer Laurence Aberhart has been acquired for the Gallery's permanent collection capturing the essence of the Nimbin museum, thanks to a generous donation from the Trustees at Linnaeus Estate, Byron Bay.

Gallery Director, Brett Adlington said the photograph depicts the Nimbin Museum from the inside where it housed an important historical record of the town's counterculture dating back more than 40 years.

"The landmark building was an icon of Nimbin, positively ramshackle on the outside and an endless maze of expressionistic activity within," he said.

Laurence Aberhart documented the Nimbin Museum during his residency at Linnaeus Estate in 2013.

As a result of this residency, the Northern Rivers now features in Aberhart's expansive body of work.

Since the early 1970s, Aberhart has captured his images on a 100‐year‐old, 8 x 10 inch Korona Pictorial View camera. He works exclusively with analogue photography, printing his images from a contact print in his home darkroom. Aberhart was drawn to the links between disappearing photographic processes and vanishing histories.

Steve Duchen, Director of Linnaeus Estate said they were pleased to support Lismore Regional Gallery
in the acquisition of this work.

Interior, Nimbin Museum will be on show upstairs at the Lismore Regional Gallery until July 11.

 



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