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Narrandera Shire Council Launch Arts and Community Centre

Our CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, is escaping from the office and all the ARTLANDS preparations to join the celebrations for the opening of the new Arts and Community Centre in Narrandera on Friday 15 July.

This is a very exciting occasion for the community of Narrandera as it is the first dedicated space for arts and culture in the shire. Housed in the 100 year old heritage Lodge Leopold building acquired by the Narrandera Shire Council, the refurbishment and fit out for its new purpose was supported by the NSW Government with substantial grants from Clubs NSW and Arts NSW’s Regional Capital Grants program.

The building and the inaugural art exhibition, Murrumbidgee Marramarra will be officially opened by the Hon Ben Franklin MLC.

Western Riverina Arts is the newest regional arts development organisation in the Regional Arts NSW network and Narrandera Shire Council is a foundation member.  The Council acknowledges that its membership of Western Riverina Arts has seen increased audience for, and participation in, the arts in Narrandera Shire and has been a driving factor in their decision to invest in this project to provide the community with a multi-purpose exhibition and performance space.

Narrandera Shire Council can foresee that the Arts and Community Centre will bring not only arts and cultural benefits to the community, but also economic benefits through attracting visitor interest from across the region.

Murrumbidgee Marramarra, is a curated exhibition featuring the work of Aboriginal artists from the Western Riverina region.  Leading artists exhibiting include: Michael Lyons, Ros Lockhart, William Ingram, Rodney Simpson, Allan McKenzie, Sarah Weymouth, Wayne Krause, Corey McKenzie and Veronica Collins. This project is a partnership between Griffith Gallery and Western Riverina Arts and will be a real drawcard exhibition of traditional and contemporary work.

It is planned to develop a second iteration of Murrumbidgee Marramarra for 2017. Western Riverina Arts will be conducting skills development workshops for Aboriginal artists over the next twelve months with funding from the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund to create new work for the 2017 program. The new Arts and Community Centre will provide an ideal location for this and similar arts projects.

Update: Murrumbidgee Marramarra is now open. Here is a short video that Western Riverina Arts put together about the exhibition.