Corinne Batt-Bawden, founder and volunteer manager of Serpentine Community Gallery in Lismore is moving on.
Corinne Batt-Bawden, founder and volunteer manager of Serpentine Community Gallery in Lismore is moving on. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Serpentine Gallery founder ready for next challenge

SHE saw an old Op Shop in North Lismore and transformed it into a community gallery.

Now after seven years, founder and manager of the Serpentine Gallery, Corinne Batt-Rawden has decided it's time to move on.

"The highs have been connecting with local artists and working with community groups. There have been so many heartfelt moments in this gallery," Corinne said.

The Serpentine's management committee will now begin the task of finding somebody to step into Corinne's shoes as a volunteer manager and keep the energy and vision of the gallery going.

Corinne will be there until November and will be involved in mentoring her replacement.

But it's time to put some energy into her own art and after handing over management of the Serpentine, she is heading to Southern France for a stint as an artist in residence.

"It's time to dive into my own arts projects ... I'm looking forward to having a couple of months to just work on my own and have an exhibition at the end of it."

Corinne said in the seven years she has been at Serpentine, more than 1000 people have exhibited works.

Ros Derrett is chairperson of Creative Lismore, an arts organisation dedicated to seeing the city prosper, and said Cor- inne has done amazing things for Lismore's arts community.

"She has vision and is able to take people on the journey with her," Ros said. "She is able to get people engaged and works with a lot of different groups in the community and is to be commended. What she and the team have done in that space is really terrific."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the position of managing the Serpentine can call the gallery on 6621 6845.

Salon des Refuses

The Serpentine Gallery will host the third annual Salon des Refuses, a selection of works that didn't make the final shortlist in the Regional Gallery's Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.

It will be opened tonight by Mayor Jenny Dowell from 7pm.



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