$300,000 NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING INJECTION FOR TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY AND MARGARET OLLEY ART CENTRE

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre will share in more than $16 million from the NSW Government to support innovative and high quality arts and cultural programs across the State in 2016.

Member for Lismore Thomas George was today joined by the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant to tour the gallery and make the $300,000 funding announcement.

“The Northern Rivers is a hub of artistic talent and passion and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting the gallery and centre with $300,000 over three years for their program,” Mr George said.

“This funding will support national and international exhibitions, shows, artist residencies and educational workshops.

“I am proud our community will benefit from this funding to engage and build audiences,” Mr George said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Government is proud to provide funding for a diverse range of programs that will further enrich the State’s dynamic arts and cultural sector.

“This funding is a key commitment under the Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework to extend the reputation of NSW as the leading state for arts and culture, and support job creation and the visitor economy,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing people with access to a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences, no matter where they live.”

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said: “The Tweed is a thriving hub for creative arts, which contributes significantly to the personality of this region.

“Tweed Regional Gallery is a jewel in the crown of Tweed Shire’s creative community, providing a platform, a focus and support from many of our local artists.

“The support of the State Government is highly valuable in helping us build on the Gallery’s considerable success and its role within the broader creative community.”

Ms Stinson said the Gallery had attracted 200,000 visitors since its Margaret Olley Art Centre extension was opened in March 2014.

An independent Visitor Research Report commissioned by Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation in 2015 found cultural tourists visiting the Gallery from outside Tweed Shire contributed about $7.38 million into the local economy through their expenditure on dining, retail, accommodation and transport.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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