Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George today announced $1.11million over three years to Northern Rivers Performing Arts Inc (NORPA) and Lismore Regional Gallery to engage and build more audiences.

“The Northern Rivers is a hub of artistic talent and passion and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting the Gallery with $225,000 and NORPA with $885,000,” Mr George said.

"Lismore Regional Gallery is very excited to now be receiving multi-year funding from Arts NSW, alongside an increase in funding.

“We feel it is a strong vote of confidence in our programming. It also provides much more certainty for us into 2018, with full knowledge of that level of commitment.

“We are excited to bring audiences the results of this commitment," said Brett Adlington, Gallery Director.

NORPA’s funding will continue its Generator Program and School Education Program, together with its annual season of professional theatre.

NORPA General Manager, Patrick Healey explained, “We have relied on making annual grant applications for annual funding. Three year funding provides much needed stability for NORPA in planning and devising our entire artistic program.”

“NORPA’s current production, Railway Wonderland, is an example of the importance, and beauty, to be found in telling stories from regional Australia. Railway Wonderland’s artistic merit has attracted national attention. It has also created 60 jobs during its making with 55 of those being based locally, it is delighting the city, and attracting large numbers of visitors” said Mr Healey

“Arts NSW, and the Arts Minister, Troy Grant, are to be commended for making this important commitment to support performing arts in regional New South Wales and Lismore,” said Mr Healey.

“I am proud these organisations are receiving funding to support the innovative and high quality arts and cultural programs it is renowned for,” Mr George said.

Mr George 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.

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

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.