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Flood Impacts Northern Rivers Arts Centres

As the flood retreats from the Northern Rivers, we thought you would like an update on the impact to the arts in this creative region.

In Lismore the old regional gallery was packed up in preparation for its long awaited move to new premises later this year.

Brett Adlington, Director of the Regional Gallery emailed yesterday,

“As was to be expected from this major event, we have been affected by these floods. 

The gallery team, and some wonderful people who dropped everything to help, packed up the old gallery Thursday afternoon. There was little warning, but artworks were stored safely upstairs. As we would have had over 1 metre of water through, it is likely there will be significant equipment losses, but nothing that cannot be replaced. 

The new gallery was also affected, and while the downstairs would have been more affected than the old gallery, our new gallery and permanent collection spaces remained safe.”


Peter Wood, Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers gave us this update this morning,


“There has been significant flood damage at the Lismore City Hall, home of NORPA, however all but two computers from the downstairs offices were saved. Volunteers have been working ripping out carpets and ruined office equipment. The flood waters were up to the box office sign.

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium which is co-located with the new gallery development has also had flood waters through its ground floor areas.”


Common Ground Byron Bay in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers has established a Northern Rivers Artists Flood Fund to raise money to assist artists who have lost equipment and materials from their studios.  Click here if you would like to make a donation. A second flood fund has been set up to assist NORPA which you can donate to here. This page will continue to be updated with further funds, links and fundraisers as information comes to hand.



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