Gallery relocation to the Lismore Quadrangle
The long awaited relocation of Lismore Regional Gallery is finally happening!
Thanks to the announcement of funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, and a donation of $500,000 from the Margret Olley Arts Trust, this project is now forging ahead.
The $5.8 million project will see the transformation of the old Lismore High School site, on the corner of Keen and Magellan Streets to become a central cultural hub for the city. It will entail a significant redevelopment of the existing C-Block building and major landscaping works to create a town ‘piazza’ linking the Gallery with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and the Lismore Library.
For the Gallery, it means finally having climate control, proper gallery lighting, a loading dock, café/bookshop and dedicated workshop, event and Artist in Residence spaces. In all, the building will cover 1,400 square meters, including over 400 square metres of exhibition galleries. Arts Northern Rivers, our local Regional Arts Board, will be co-located in the building with us.
Gallery spaces have been intentionally created across 5 discrete areas, ensuring diversity of program opportunities and therefore audience experience and minimising air conditioning costs.
Dominic Finlay Jones Architects, in partnership with Phillips Smith Conwell, are the project architects, and were the same successful team that oversaw the recent redevelopment of Lismore City Hall.
We are now working towards a memorable program of events, ready for the expected opening in late 2017.
For more information on the Lismore Quadrangle.