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History

Lismore Regional Gallery is the fifth oldest regional gallery in New South Wales supporting the Lismore, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Nimbin, Lennox Head, Casino and Kyogle communities. The gallery contributes regionally and nationally to a living culture in New South Wales and makes accessible creative programs for the enjoyment and engagement of locals and visitors. Lismore Regional Gallery’s program reflects the social, historical, creative and cultural aspects of the region.

Lismore Regional Gallery began in 1953 as a result of the formation of the Lismore Arts Trust. In 1954 Lismore City Council granted the Trust the use of the lower floor of the Trench Building in Spinks Park. The Trench Building was initially built c. 1908 as a combination of Art Nouveau and Continental Secession architecture to house the Lismore Branch of the Government Savings Bank of NSW. On 26 October 1954 Lismore Art Gallery was officially opened by the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Gallery’s collection features 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, Digby Moran, 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.

Ebb and Flow: A History of Lismore Regional Gallery 1954 - 2004 by Rebecca Rushbrook