Chris Bell, treasurer, celebrates the 7th birthday of The Serpentine Gallery.
Chris Bell, treasurer, celebrates the 7th birthday of The Serpentine Gallery. Cathy Adams

Serpentine Gallery to mark seven years helping local artists

SEVEN years ago Corinne Batt-Rawden had a vision to create a space where local artists could show their work.

With a lot of hard work and dedication, the Serpentine Gallery was born and local artists haven't looked back.

Next month, the Gallery turns seven, but founding director Miss Batt-Rawden said she can't believe her baby has grown up so fast.

"The gallery grew through the demands of the community for an exhibition space for local artists," Miss Batt-Rawden said.

The Serpentine Gallery is completely volunteer run and prides itself on being accessible to all types of artists from all walks of life on the Northern Rivers.

Miss Batt-Rawden said the biggest highlight of the past seven years had not been any particular exhibition, but the growth of local artists in the area.

STEPPING UP: Chris Bell, treasurer, readies the exhibition for tonight’s celebration for the seventh birthday of the Serpentine Gallery.
STEPPING UP: Chris Bell, treasurer, readies the exhibition for tonight’s celebration for the seventh birthday of the Serpentine Gallery. Cathy Adams

"It's all about having accessibility for artists like mums who don't realise they're great artists so they can go from painting at home to selling their works at the gallery."

Serpentine Gallery treasurer Chris Bell said the gallery makes most of its money from membership and hanging fees, surviving without any government funding.

"The fact the gallery has been here for seven years is a great tribute to not-for-profit organisations and shows this way of operating is a sustainable business model," Mr Bell said.

In the future, the management committee are planning to purchase their own studio space to cater for the increasing demand for art classes.

"The gallery is also moving toward promoting individual artists rather than the arts community as whole," Miss Batt-Rawden said.

She will step down from her position as director on November 10, the Serpentine Gallery's official birthday.

The Serpentine Gallery, located at 17 Bridge St, North Lismore, will celebrate its seventh birthday tonight at 6 with its Soul of Serpentine celebration and exhibition at 17 Bridge St, North Lismore.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend.



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