Caption 1: Funding for Inverell Art Gallery: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, gallery volunteer Janet Makepeace, Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant, Inverell Mayor Paul Harmon and Inverell Art Gallery Director Jo Williams pictured in the recently refurbished pottery room.
Caption 2: $60,000 for New England Regional Art Museum: Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant, right, presents a cheque for $60,000 to NERAM Board Chairman Andrew Murray with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
INVERELL and Armidale are winners again in the latest State Government art funding round, with $30,000 for the Inverell Art Gallery and $60,000 for the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant joined Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall in Inverell and Armidale yesterday to announce the funding and congratulate the Inverell Art Society and NERAM on their success in the dollar-for-dollar funding program to support capital works projects and equipment.
Mr Marshall said Inverell Art Society would use its funding to install air conditioning and solar electricity to improve the gallery’s ability to house collections, run exhibitions, make the gallery more comfortable and secure long-term cost savings.
He said NERAM would purchase energy efficient LED light fittings with its grant to improve conservation needs for displaying artworks from the museum’s historic art collections and visiting exhibitions.
“I am very proud to once again present funding to local passionate art organisations who are working hard in the community to keep the Northern Tablelands on the map as a go-to art and cultural hot spot,” Mr Marshall said.
“Arts and cultural facilities are the lifeblood of many of our local communities, providing opportunities for people to engage with a range of art forms and local history.
“I am very excited for the Inverell Art Gallery and NERAM on their success and am pleased the government is partnering with them so more people in our community can enjoy and utilise their services.
“This funding will help the Inverell Art Gallery deliver more visual art workshops including for Aboriginal people and youth, and additional lighting for Armidale’s museum means an improved visitor experience for both tourists and their ever expanding local audience.”
Recently, Mr Marshall announced a funding boost of $180,000 over the next three years for NERAM from the state government.
Minister Grant said regional NSW was a priority area under the government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.
“This funding is a key part of the NSW Government’s commitment to support initiatives in regional areas to develop thriving local arts scenes and ensure people can experience cultural activities no matter where they live,” Mr Grant said.
“It is terrific to personally congratulate the Inverell Art Society and NERAM on their funding wins and see first-hand the talent and enthusiasm for art and culture in this region.”