70,000 MORE REASONS FOR GRAFTON GALLERY TO SHINE
Grafton Regional Gallery’s annual program of works received a boost today when Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announced a NSW Liberals and Nationals Government grant of $70,000.
“2019 is set to be an exciting year for the Gallery as it embarks on a major redevelopment of the cultural precinct thanks to $7.6 million announced last year by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government for its revitalisation,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“This upgrade will mark a new phase for arts and culture in the Clarence Valley and this latest funding injection while much smaller is just as important so the Gallery continues to thrive as a lively hub of creativity for all ages,” he said.
The funding will allow the Gallery to present an extensive annual program promoting cultural participation, lifelong learning, collaboration and supporting local artists in a sustainable way.
“This is all about backing not just the Gallery, but also local artists, local tourism and local jobs,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The funding will help the Gallery stage a variety of events, exhibitions, workshops and educational activities not only onsite but at satellite venues throughout the Clarence Valley.
“This support is crucial and I know that its outcomes will be greatly received not only by the local community, but across visitors to the area too.
“We enjoy a rich arts culture in our region with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists contributing significantly to our cultural assets, and this funding recognises the value of the gallery’s programs in the Clarence Valley community,” he said.
Mr Gulaptis was joined for the on-site announcement by Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons and Gallery Director Niomi Sands, who also welcomed the news.
2019 highlights include Manggan – travelling exhibition in partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corp from Cardwell in far north Queensland and South Australian Museum, Bike Town by Cast Net Productions, 7th Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA), Battle Scars: Julie Hutchings, Headwaters – Fiona Nicholls, Annie Roberts, Theresa Edwina Borook, Margo Grant, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Malcolm King and Julie McKenzie, The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam, Microcosm developed by Goldberg Aberline Studio.
The annual funding comes under the Arts and Cultural Organisations Program by Arts NSW administered by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.