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Lismore Regional Gallery Opening Weekend

Lismore Regional Gallery is opening again in their brand new premises at the Lismore Quadrangle. Join them for a two-day celebration!
 

Saturday 28 October

3:30 – 5:30PM

ART KEEPERS (100 WONDERPLACE)
Unsung Heroes of Still Life: Still life installation and drawing activities. The Apple from Margaret Olley’s painting Lilies and Grapes has disappeared THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS! An art activation with The Artkeepers (Special Art Agents Mona & Lisa), along with artist René Bolten, working to secure the return of our much loved tour guide Peggy Popart and works that have gone missing with her. Please bring an object from your life to add to our still life installation. Accompanied by local band, Mirth.
Location: Lismore Quadrangle
 

5:30 – 6:30PM

OFFICIAL OPENING SPEECHES & SMOKING CEREMONY OF NEW GALLERY
To be officially launched by Mr Kevin Hogan MP, Federal Member for Page with The Hon. Thomas George MP, Deputy Speaker, Member for Lismore; Isaac Smith, Mayor, Lismore City Council and Edmund Capon AM OBE, Trustee, Margaret Olley Arts Trust. Smoking Ceremony by Gilbert Laurie.
Location: Lismore Quadrangle
 

6:30 – 7:15PM

TRALALA BLIP
The Gallery has a long relationship with this local electronic band of mixed abilities, first having them perform in 2011. Since then they have toured the world and become local legends.
Location: Lismore Quadrangle
 

7:30 – 7:45PM

ROMAINE MORETON & LOU BENNETT
A staggering new theatre work that draws together poetry, moving image and an original score performed by Romaine and Lou inspired by the Nina Simone composition, Four Women. A political, courageous and resonant work providing an Indigenous perspective on the treatment of Aboriginal women.
 
Dr Romaine Moreton and Dr Lou Bennett have powerful minds and voices. Moreton, Goenpul Yugerra Bundjalung Bidjara is an internationally recognised writer of poetry, prose and film. Bennett, Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung is a former member of the internationally acclaimed trio Tiddas and was one of the co-founders of the Black Arm Band.
 
This performance will be uncompromising and unforgettable.
Location: Lismore Regional Gallery (Event Space)
 

EATING & DRINKING

From 4pm the Gallery Café, Slate, will be providing a range of outdoor eating options in The Quad including wraps, pulled pork on Turkish, nachos, kebabs and Byron Bay pies. Plenty of vegetarian options available. The café will remain open all day for their usual fare, including hot drinks and cake – in case you need a wake up! At the conclusion of the official speeches at about 6:30pm, the Friends of the Gallery will have 2 bars operating in The Quadrangle.
 
 

Sunday 29 October

10:30AM & 11:30AM

THE HANNAH CABINET: GEOFF HANNAH TALK
Geoffrey Hannah is a Lismore legend and one of the leading fine furniture craftsmen in Australia. Geoff will be showing audiences his most famous work, a masterpiece that contains 34 fine timbers and veneers, 17 types of stone, 4 types of shell, and 23CT gold leaf, 18 doors and 140 draws. The cabinet is designed so you can open out each of the successive layers to discover cabinets within the cabinet and draws within draws. It’s been known to bring grown men to tears!
Location: Lismore Regional Gallery (Vicki Fayle Gallery)
 

1.00 – 1:20PM

PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATION BY THE ARTIST WART
An ad-libbed performance by Sydney based artist, Wart. Wart speaks about art, family ties and her coming to terms with living and making art since being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. A heart-wrenchingly pure account of the power and fragility of life.
 
Wart’s arresting psychological portraits form part of the exhibition Four Women (I do belong) Double.
Location: Lismore Regional Gallery (Margaret Olley Gallery)
 

1:20 – 1:45PM

CURATORS FLOOR TALK WITH DJON MUNDINE
Following on from Wart’s performance Djon Mundine OAM speaks about curatorial themes behind his exhibition, Four Women (I do belong) Double. Djon is a foremost figure in the Australian art world and an activist, writer, critic, and commentator. He is a Bundjalung man and a distinguished pioneer Indigenous curator.
Location: Lismore Regional Gallery (Margaret Olley Gallery)