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Seven Northern Rivers Local Halls to Give Up Their Secrets

In April this year, Curator of MONA FOMA and bassist of US alternative rock band, Violent Femmes, Brian Ritchie, officially launched Arts Northern Rivers’ arts project, If These Halls Could Talk. He invited everyone in that region to nominate their local hall for the project.

And it seemed everybody did! Arts Northern Rivers received more than 120 nominations for the seven places available for the project that will see the seven halls, one from each local government area, have a renowned artistic team collaborate with their community to tell the story of their hall.

The halls that will be part of the two year Arts NSW Regional Partnership funded project are:

Meerschaum Vale Hall, Ballina Shire; Eureka Hall, Byron Shire; Eatonsville Hall, Clarence Valley; Bonalbo District Memorial Hall, Kyogle; Broadwater-Riley’s Hill Hall, Richmond Valley; The Channon Hall, Lismore City Council; and Tumbulgum Hall, Tweed Shire.

If These Halls Could Talk Project Manager, Natalie Bull, said a diverse selection panel was established to assess the nominations, including an independent public historian and a regional gallery director.

‘The assessment panel were impressed by the strength of the nominations and depth of community connection to their local hall,’ Ms Bull said.

While only seven could be chosen we know every hall in our region has a story to tell. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that nominated their hall; you’re all winners in our eyes!

There are many opportunities for all halls to be involved as the project progresses so we encourage everyone to continue to share stories and images of their hall on the If These Halls Could Talk’s Instagram and Facebook page.

View the successful halls in the image gallery.

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