Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts and Mr Kevin Hogan MP, Member for Page, today opened a new exhibition In Glue and Dust we Trust at the Lismore Regional Arts Gallery.
The exhibition showcases work by master wood craftsman and Lismore local Geoff Hannah and his students. It is the first time Mr Hannah’s latest work, The Chinoiserie Cabinet, will be on display.
Minister Fifield highlighted the strong community support for the arts in regional areas and for Lismore’s local talent.
“Lismore has demonstrated its commitment to creating a flourishing arts sector and support for local talent. Mr Hannah’s work is remarkable, and I applaud his dedication and commitment to sharing his knowledge and experience with his students,” Minister Fifield said.
Mr Hogan congratulated the Lismore Regional Gallery for supporting and promoting the talents of local artists, and welcomed the development of a new cultural precinct for the City of Lismore through the Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.
“The Lismore Quadrangle project will offer a range of cultural initiatives for the Northern Rivers community, including projects for people with disability, young people and Indigenous artists,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Lismore Regional Gallery, Arts Northern Rivers and Co-op Bookshop will all move to the new precinct, which also includes a community green space and gathering site.”
The Australian Government is committed to supporting artistic and cultural development in regional and remote Australia, including funding programs such as the Regional Arts Fund, Festivals Australia and Visions of Australia.
More information about Australian Government arts funding programs is available at: http://arts.gov.au/funding