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Lismore Regional Gallery wins for Lismore Regional Gallery and Lismore Quadrangle at the 2018 IMAGinE awards

Lismore Regional Gallery wins for Lismore Regional Gallery and Lismore Quadrangle at the 2018 IMAGinE awards

Museums & Galleries of NSW has announced the winners of the 2018 IMAGinE awards.

Lismore Regional Gallery won the award for Lismore Regional Gallery and Lismore Quadrangle in the Capacity Building, Capital & Sustainability Programs category.

This project involved the relocation of the Gallery to a new, redeveloped facility, and the creation of a CBD focused gathering space, the Lismore Quadrangle. The Gallery has been an important visual arts facility for over 60 years, but has been hampered in what it could achieve due to its deficient facilities. For many decades people sought to realise a new gallery project. This finally came to fruition when the Gallery opened its doors in a newly redeveloped facility, designed by Bangalow-based Dominic Finlay Jones and constructed by Bennetts (Lismore).

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Lismore Regional Gallery wins for Lismore Regional Gallery and Lismore Quadrangle at the 2018 IMAGinE awards

The project has facilitated a greater degree of partnership activity, collection donations, sponsorship, income generation and above all, has cemented the Gallery’s place as a key visual arts facility in regional Australia.

The new space has allowed the presentation of significant work by international artists such as Anish Kapoor, Jim Lambie, Daniel Buren, Picasso, Miro and Rembrandt alongside high quality locally developed exhibitions.

Additionally, an ongoing program of events and activity in the Lismore Quadrangle has led to increased visitation. This has included the Lismore Lantern Parade, theatrical performances, monthly music events, children’s programs, protests and community organised events-as well as acting as an informal outdoor public space.

The IMAGinE awards promote and strengthen the NSW museum and gallery sector. They honour best practice education programs, outreach projects, exhibitions, collection management projects and achievements of individuals.

Recognising innovation and excellence in 500 museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW, the IMAGinE awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of over 8,000 paid and volunteer workers in fostering richer local communities and their contribution to the extraordinary diversity within the NSW museum and gallery sector.

This year saw 96 nominations, the most in the history of the awards, representing the best of regional and metropolitan NSW visual arts and cultural heritage experiences. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries to promote their achievements and raise their profile within the community.

Michael Rolfe, CEO, Museums & Galleries of NSW commended all recipients across the categories of Exhibition Projects, Engagement, Sustainability and Individual Achievement in paid and volunteered staffed organisations and said,
‘The judging panel was highly impressed by the quality and breadth of this years’ IMAGinE Awards nominations. Among the nominations we saw many examples of inspiring exhibition design, innovative programming and deep audience engagement. There were a number of extremely timely exhibitions contributing to social, environmental and cultural dialogues across the State and it was fantastic to see not only familiar nominees who continue to excel each year but also new organisations and fresh faces’.

A full list of winners and highly commended recipients can be found here:

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