Gallery gets $70k grant

Matches sup­port in 2016 from Arts NSW

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Adam Hourigan adam.hourigan@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE Grafton Re­gional Gallery will con­tinue to be at the fore­front of lo­cal arts in the re­gion fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of a $70,000 state gov­ern­ment grant, and di­rec­tor Jude McBean said it would con­trib­ute to much more than just paint­ings on the walls.

“The grant will al­low the gallery to do a lot more with its lim­ited re­sources, es­pe­cially in sup­port­ing artists and art work­ers’ prac­tice and in­creas­ing the en­gage­ment of our com­mu­nity with the vis­ual arts,” Ms McBean said.

The $70,000 grant matched last year’s sup­port from Arts NSW and Ms McBean said it was recog­ni­tion by the gov­ern­ment of the di­ver­sity of what the gallery pro­vided.

“The money is used to pay artists and cre­ative works in the Clarence Val­ley. It also pays for the artists-in-res­i­dence pro­gram and artists who ex­hibit here and present pro­grams and events,” she said.

“These artists present pro­grams out­side the gallery, oth­ers in­volv­ing de­men­tia pa­tients, pre-school pro­grams... and also pro­grams that re­spond to what is hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity like our Bridges pro­gram at the mo­ment.

“What dis­tin­guishes us as a re­gional gallery is we aim for ex­cel­lence, we’re look­ing for the best re­gional art in our ma­jor pro­grams, and we also sup­port com­mu­nity-based ex­hi­bi­tions as well.”

Mr Gu­lap­tis said the grant was good for the lo­cal com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

“This is all about back­ing not just the gallery, but also lo­cal artists, lo­cal tourism and lo­cal jobs,” he said.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

SUP­PORT FOR ART: Grafton Re­gional Gallery di­rec­tor Jude McBean with Mem­ber for Clarence Chris Gu­lap­tis who an­nounced $70,000 of state gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the gallery’s an­nual pro­gram.

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