Serpentine Gallery president Helen Creed helps to setup the artwork exhibition as part of the 8th birthday celebration for the gallery.
Serpentine Gallery president Helen Creed helps to setup the artwork exhibition as part of the 8th birthday celebration for the gallery. Marc Stapelberg

Serpentine marks eight years by cleaning up vandal attack

IT'S a bittersweet time for North Lismore's Serpentine Community Gallery, as they approach an exhibition celebrating their eighth year in action, while having to fork out funds for a window that was smashed by local youths.

President at the Serpentine Community Gallery, Helen Creed, said the coming exhibition was "very exciting".

"Its eight years since the Serpentine Gallery opened so we thought it was worth celebrating," she said.

The exhibition will also have a competitive side, as the pieces will be judged and the Serpentine Arts Prize winner will be awarded $500 to go towards their artistic career.

The going for artists is really quite tough at the moment, so they wanted to be able to help a local artist out, Ms Creed said.

The exhibition, Walking in Tall Grass, will be judged by Brett Adlington, from Lismore Regional Gallery, and Corinne Batt-Rawden, founder of Serpentine Arts Gallery, Ms Creed explained.

However, the high that the community gallery was on in the lead up to their eighth anniversary has been dampened when last weekend one of the windows of the gallery was smashed.

"It's devastating to us to have to dig up the money for the window at a time when we're already struggling," Ms Creed said.

"We're all volunteers, we're not making a profit, we're just trying to provide a space for anyone in the town who would like to show their works.

"We're going to do a bit of fundraising for it.

"We're hoping to get some little tins to place around town."

However, despite the incident, they're still looking on the bright side.

Walking in Tall Grass runs until November 20 at the Serpentine Community Gallery, Bridge St, North Lismore

The official opening, including the announcement of the Serpentine Arts Prize winner, will be held tonight from 6pm



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