SUPPORT GIVEN TO ACQUIRE LISMORE MASTERPIECE THE ‘HANNAH CABINET’
A community campaign to unlock funds for the acquisition of the world renown ‘Hannah Cabinet’ has today been supported with Member for Lismore, Thomas George, Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin and NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro announcing $250 thousand dollars in sponsorship.
In 2017 master craftsman, Geoffrey Hannah loaned the Lismore Regional Gallery his masterpiece to be placed on exhibition. Over the past twelve months a committee has been working to raise $1 million in a bid to keep the cabinet in the gallery’s permanent exhibition.
Mr George said the Hannah Cabinet is of national significance and the community want to retain the work in its home city.
“More than $300 thousand has already been raised by the community showing there is overwhelming support to keep this treasure in Lismore.
“By offering this sponsorship the NSW Government recognises the benefit this cabinet brings to the region through tourism and visitation,” Mr George said.
Mr Curtin said currently the cabinet is the major draw card for visitors to the Lismore Regional Gallery.
“Figures over the past twelve months show visitation to the gallery has increased from 45 thousand people to 100 thousand over twelve months and on days there is a presentation of the cabinet a quarter of the visitors are from interstate.
“While these people are in town, they spend money at local cafes and retail stores; they stay in our motels supporting jobs in our CBD.
“I see this support of the arts as a small investment for long term benefit for the local economy,” Mr Curtin said
Mr Barilaro said the Hannah Cabinet an opportunity to bring the community together.
“Arts and culture are an important focus for people in the regions. Not only do the creative industries allow individuals to express themselves, but they offer the opportunity for people to appreciate the incredible talent which exists in our communities.
“I am proud to be part of a Liberals and Nationals Government which supports the acquisition of this masterpiece so it remains accessible to everybody and isn’t sold into a private collection,” Mr Barilaro said.
PHOTO: Isaac Smith – Mayor Lismore City Council, John Barilaro – NSW Deputy Premier, Austin Curtin - Nationals Candidate for Lismore, Brett Adlington – Lismore Regional Gallery, Geoff Hannah – Master Craftsman, Thomas George – Member for Lismore, Gaela Hurford – Hannah Cabinet Committee