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New Director of Lismore Regional Gallery appointed

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Ashleigh Ralph

New Director of Lismore Regional Gallery appointed

Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins is excited to announce that Ashleigh Ralph has been appointed as the new Director of the Lismore Regional Gallery, effective from 28 June.

“I am very excited about Ashleigh joining us to help guide the gallery into the future. We had lots of applications for the role and Ashleigh was the stand-out choice,” she said.

“The Brisbane Institute of Modern Art’s loss is definitely our gain.”

Before taking up the position, Ashleigh was the Assistant Director, Development and Operations at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia’s oldest independent contemporary art space. She has been involved with the IMA since 2011, when she began volunteering for the organisation.

Ashleigh is also Founder and Director of Innerspace Contemporary Art (ICA), a roaming gallery that has exhibited a sporadic, curated schedule of work by early-career artists since 2017. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at UAP, and has worked at Griffith University Art Museum, Edwina Corlette Gallery, and the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts, Art History with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Ashleigh Ralph said she was looking forward to her new role.

“With its distinctive and innovative program, Lismore Regional Gallery plays an important role in the region and I am thrilled to be appointed as its next Director,” she said.

“I look forward to bringing fresh energy to the gallery and working closely with the community, staff, and the Council to further enrich the gallery’s reputation.

“My vision is to provide a professional and accessible platform for artists to present their stories – a platform that allows for meaningful audience engagement through creative excellence.

“I hope to work with the Widjabul Wiabal people of Bundjalung nation by showcasing their connection to land, waters, community, and the arts through a collaborative artistic program.”

Established in 1953, Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in New South Wales.

In 2015, thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, and a donation of $500,000 from the Margaret Olley Arts Trust, the Gallery moved to its current location in Rural Street. Sitting alongside the Library, The Northern Rivers Conservatorium and The Quad, the gallery has become the cultural hub of the city.

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NORPA Youth brings Shakespeare to the streets of Lismore

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NORPA Youth participants in the first Street Shakespeare project.

NORPA Youth brings Shakespeare to the streets of Lismore.

The first public screening of NORPA Youth’s short film project ‘Street Shakespeare’ will light up the NORPA Studio at 5:30pm on Friday 4th March and everyone is welcome.

As part of the project, young participants explored selected works of William Shakespeare and developed professional techniques in the performance of classical text for the camera. The scenes and monologues were then professionally shot in urban locations across Lismore. The resulting 6 short films (approx. 5 mins each) will be screened at NORPA.

“Seeing young people tackle Shakespeare to the ground and make it their own is really fun to watch,” said Julian Louis, NORPA Artistic Director “Seeing Shakespeare on the streets of Lismore is also really thrilling. This is a great project for young people to engage with.”

The second Street Shakespeare project will commence in June and NORPA is now taking expressions of interest from young people who would like to be involved.

Come along and find out more about Street Shakespeare and the NORPA Youth program.

Event Details:
NORPA Youth’s Street Shakespeare screening
Friday 4 March, 5:30pm
NORPA Studio
1 Bounty St, Lismore
FREE EVENT
More info at www.norpa.org.au/youth

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Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

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2021 Les Peterkin Portrait Prize - 1st prize (11-13 years) Mahli Burdett with her portrait entitled Colours of Me, Uki Public School.

Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

3089 artworks, 32 schools, 6 judges and 42 major winners in contest

#Selfies rule as the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize returns to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre from today.
The exhibition is a celebration of the enormous artistic talent and creative vision of our local primary schools and opens today, following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and runs until 28 November 2021.

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony's Primary School, for his portrait entitled 'Hoodie Boy'

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony’s Primary School, for his portrait entitled ‘Hoodie Boy’

This year the prize attracted a high number of entries and participating schools. Working on the theme #Selfie, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images capturing themselves in settings that highlight their interests, life and character.
The 2021 judges included local artists Caz McDougal and Vira Higgins, Friends of the Gallery committee members Rose Wilsher and Malcom Reid, and Tyalgum Public School representatives and retired school principals Rebecca McGuren and Peter Meadows. The judges were amazed by the creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition.
Prize Coordinator Marianne Galluzzo said: “I am extremely impressed by the enormous number of entries received and the effort of every child who entered the competition”.
“The judging was a very lively process, with special emphasis placed on selecting the most original and creative illustrations. This year’s theme set out to expand the imaginations of our aspiring young artists and allowed them to explore the form of self-expression by highlighting key moments, developments, and motivations through portraiture.”
The prize is named after legendary local artist and art teacher Les Peterkin and is made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council and Tyalgum Public School, with assistance from Friends of the

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry 'This is Me'.

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry ‘This is Me’.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre, Derivan – maker of quality artist materials; School Art Supplies – leading supplier of art and craft materials; and Bunnings, Tweed Heads South. Last, but certainly not least, the prize would not be possible without the enthusiasm of art-loving parents, volunteers and teachers.
First place winners for the 3age categories are: Matilda Bailey (5-7 yrs) from Murwillumbah East Public School; Alex Todan (8-10 yrs) from St Anthony’s Primary School; and Mahli Burdett (11-13 yrs) from Uki Public School.
Each prize winner, along with the creators of 39 other award-winning and commended works, will have the thrill of seeing their artworks professionally displayed on the Gallery’s walls. A further 200 outstanding works will be on display in folios for the duration of the exhibition.
In response to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a prize-giving ceremony was held at each student’s individual school. An online presentation showcasing the winning portraits for this year’s prize can be viewed on the Gallery’s website.

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Following a successful season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney, the Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop exhibition, is touring nationally to five venues across Australia: Western Plains Cultural Centre (NSW), Lismore Regional Gallery (NSW), Artspace Mackay (QLD), Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS) and John Curtin Gallery (WA), supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Curated by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop is the largest survey exhibition of Lindy Lee’s works to date. The result of a close collaboration between the artist and curator, the exhibition features key artworks from the 1980s to the present, including several new works created specifically for the exhibition tour.

Lindy Lee works across painting, sculpture, installation and public art. She draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism. Lindy Lee works from her studio based on Arakwal Country in Northern NSW.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: ‘We are thrilled to tour Lindy Lee’s work across Australia and introduce new audiences to one of Australia’s most important and influential artists. Lindy has had a long association with the MCA, with the first works entering the collection in 1995, through to a major presence in the opening exhibition of the expanded MCA, in 2012. A survey bringing together all aspects of her work is timely. She is an artist who weaves together her personal experience of living between two cultures to create highly evocative works which are especially relevant in today’s Australia.’

Lindy Lee added: ‘It has been a great honour to have such a comprehensive survey of my work at the MCA. I am also excited to take the exhibition to some of Australia’s finest regional galleries and to share my work with new audiences.’

The artist has created a number of new artworks for the exhibition tour including Water + Water (2020), a large paper work created using natural elements of fire and water; and Untitled (2020), an installation comprising of small sculptures individually created by the artist by hand-pouring molten bronze.

Other highlights include Equanimity (No More Struggles in the Ocean of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’) (2017), a polished stainless-steel sculpture pierced with hundreds of tiny holes, illuminated from the centre the perforations are transformed into stars to create its own constellation. The key photographic work The Seamless Tomb (Wearing An Iron Yoke That Has No Hole) (2017), which reflects on Lee’s family’s journey from China to Australia and Ten Worlds, Ten Directions (2002) brings together abstraction and figurative elements and continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of Buddhist philosophy. As well as a series of early photocopy works drawn from Western art history that address identity and authenticity.

A range of resources and behind-the-scenes content will accompany the touring exhibition including models of public art projects, learning resources and an artist documentary filmed at Lee’s studio on Arakwal Country (Northern Rivers, NSW) and at the UAP (Urban Artist Projects) workshop and foundry on Turrbal Country (Brisbane).

Audiences will be able to access a specially created audio guide on their smartphones, via the MCA Australia’s online museum guide, touring.mca.art. Visitors will be able to walk through the exhibition listening to the artist talk about key works and themes. Available in both English and Auslan-interpreted videos.

A beautifully designed publication also accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue contains an overview of Lee’s practice with contributing essays from Dr Zara Stanhope and Dr Shen Qilan, plus an in-depth interview between Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and the artist. The publication is available to purchase from Lismore Regional Gallery.

About the Artist
Lindy Lee is one of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. With a practice spanning over four decades, Lee has exhibited widely in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and USA, and is represented in numerous major public and private collections. In recent years, Lee’s practice has expanded into the public realm. She has created a series of significant public artworks in Australia and internationally, including Secret World of a Starlight Ember, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The Life of Stars, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Garden of Cloud and Stone, Chinatown Public Domain, Sydney; and The Life of Stars – The Tenderness of Rain, Province Midtown Cultural Centre, Zhengzhou, China. In 2018 the artist was awarded a prestigious international commission to create an iconic gateway work for New York’s Chinatown district.

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