Lismore Regional Gallery

Lismore Regional Gallery is the fifth oldest regional gallery in New South Wales supporting the Lismore City, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Nimbin, Lennox Head, Casino and Kyogle communities. Lismore Regional Gallery began in 1953 as a result of the formation of the Lismore Arts Trust. The Gallery’s program reflects the social, historical, creative and cultural aspects of the region.

With a collection featuring significant Australian artists such as Margaret Olley, Lloyd Rees, Albert Namatjira, Thea Proctor, Lindy Lee and Kevin Connor and well-known artists from the Northern Rivers region such as Jan Davis, Bronwyn Bancroft, Angus McDonald, James Guppy, Melissa Hirsch, Robyn Sweaney, Michael John Taylor, Patsy Hely and Tony Nankervis. The Gallery holds a unique collection of photographs giving prominence to the 1973 Nimbin Aquarius Festival, perhaps the most famous of the region’s many local celebrations.

Until 26 August 2012

Bananas, Business and Bocce; The Lismore Italians
Leonie Lane

Since the early 1900s Lismore and the surrounding region has become home to a large Italian community. This exhibition will tell the stories of the people who journeyed from Italy to Lismore to make a new life for themselves and their families. It will reflect the heritage of the Italian community and draw from historical collections, photographs and personal memories.
Dadang Christanto

Indonesian/Australian artist Christanto continues his interrogation of natural disasters and its impact on humans. The series Survivor is based on the ongoing events in East Java where hot volcanic mud began erupting and wiping out 11 nearby villages.

Commencing with a single 2 hour performance at Lismore Regional Gallery, local volunteers occupy the gallery space in silent vigil, symbolically covered in mud and holding a photographic portraits of faces lost in the disaster. The performance is followed by a visual exhibition consisting of detritus from the performance, video and photographic documentation memorialising the catastrophe and its ongoing consequences.
Fiona Foley

Bliss explores the hidden history of settler and Indigenous relations in Queensland, and in particular, the 1897 Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act. Foley points to the role this Act played in the subjugation of Indigenous people in Queensland, through creating a dependency on narcotics, as well contributing to troubled relations between White, Asian and Indigenous peoples.

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