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Works from the Permanent Collection


The Vicky Fayle: Permanent Collection Gallery

Our permanent collection is undergoing conservation and assessment due to the impacts of the recent flood. We will keep you updated with the progress.

The selected portraits demonstrate the reach in the permanent collection of Lismore Regional Gallery, with early portraits to more recent ones. Old Morris by Edward Watson is the first portrait acquired by the gallery, it entered the collection as the winner of the Lismore Art Prize in 1954. More recently the gallery’s portrait prizes including Lismore Living Treasure (1999-2003), Northern Rivers (2010-13), and Hurford Hardwood (2015-present), combined with the general fascination many artists have with the human face, have extended this strength in the collection. These works showcase diverse approaches to portraiture and are connected by the capacity of portraits to say something about the sitter, which exists beneath the surface.

The beginning of Lismore Regional Gallery’s collection followed a similar pattern to that of many regional galleries in Australia. In 1953, a group of residents, with an interest in the arts, banded together forming an Art Trust. The group was led by former Mayor Ray Granger, and leading businessmen such as a local radiologist Dr. William Pook who aimed to create a gallery and collection that would be representative of Australian art. In 1954, Lismore City Council granted the trust the use of the Trench building at 131 Molesworth Street, where the gallery was located prior to 2017, and the collection grown immensely since.

From these early beginnings the collection holds over 1,200 works, acquired primarily through kind donations by individuals. Time is also something many people have given, including Friends of the Gallery and other volunteers. The Vicki Fayle Gallery is named after Vicki Fayle who sadly passed away in 2013. A generous and dedicated individual, Vicki donated countless hours cataloguing the collection. This exhibition of portraits has been brought together by Jacquie Connolly, Collection and Exhibitions Volunteer.

The Hannah Cabinet
In 2020, the gallery acquired its first destination piece which is now on permanent display, The Hannah Cabinet by Geoffrey Hannah OAM. The exterior of this magnificent piece is a sight to behold, but it is another thing to be taken on a journey through its many doors and drawers, and to hear the stories of the timbers, stones and marquetry.
The film on display hints at what is inside, but if you would like to see more, we invite you to attend one of the presentations by Geoffrey Hannah or his students.

These presentations regularly take place at 11am every Wednesday, and 11am on the fourth Sunday of the month. Bookings are essential. 

 

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Defiant

Defiant

3 Apr - 6 June 2021
Gallery 2

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Emma Gardner :: Wildish

Emma Gardner :: Wildish

16 Jan - 28 Feb 2021
Gallery 5

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Lucas Wright :: In my town and your town

Lucas Wright :: In my town and your town

6 Feb – 28 Mar 2021
Gallery 2

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Sihotie, Nioge: new from old :: Omie Tapa Art PNG

Sihotie, Nioge: new from old :: Omie Tapa Art PNG

6 Feb - 28 Mar 2021
Gallery 3

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Verity Nunan :: Where are we supposed to go?

Verity Nunan :: Where are we supposed to go?

6 Mar - 18 Apr 2021
Gallery 5

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Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020

Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020

6 Mar - 25 April 2021
Gallery 1

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Akio Suzuki :: Sense of Ekō

Akio Suzuki :: Sense of Ekō

12 Jun - 1 Aug 2021
Gallery 2

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Colleen Coy's Films :: '2020 Each Week'

Colleen Coy's Films :: '2020 Each Week'

10 Mar to 21 March 2021
Event Space

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Amber Wallis and Kylie Banyard :: The Heroine Paint

Amber Wallis and Kylie Banyard :: The Heroine Paint

12 Jun - 1 Aug 2021
Gallery 3

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Max Dupain: Australian Modern

Max Dupain: Australian Modern

5 May - 8 Aug 2021
Gallery 1

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The Department of Non-Human Resources :: Make or Break

The Department of Non-Human Resources :: Make or Break

1 Apr – 6 Jun 2021
Gallery 3

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Geoffrey Cotton and Georgi Milln :: After the Plague

Geoffrey Cotton and Georgi Milln :: After the Plague

24 Apr - 13 Jun 2021
Gallery 5

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Ryan Lee :: Wonnarua

Ryan Lee :: Wonnarua

5 May - 8 Aug 21
Corridor

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Ancient Vibrations :: Barry RAINMAN Boland

Ancient Vibrations :: Barry RAINMAN Boland

19 Jun - 1 Aug 2021
Gallery 5

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Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop

Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop

14 Aug - 24 Oct 21
Gallery 1

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Michael Cusack :: Steel Frames and Figureheads

Michael Cusack :: Steel Frames and Figureheads

9 Oct - 28 Nov 21
Gallery 2

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Jenny Kitchener :: Seed

Jenny Kitchener :: Seed

9 Oct - 28 Nov 21
Gallery 3

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Antoinette O'Brien :: Kids that are banned from the Square

Antoinette O'Brien :: Kids that are banned from the Square

7 Aug - 26 Sept 2021
Gallery 5

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Aly Russell :: Learning to See

Aly Russell :: Learning to See

2 Oct - 21 Nov 2021
Gallery 5

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Love, Lies and Indoctrination :: Asphyxia

Love, Lies and Indoctrination :: Asphyxia

29 Oct - 21 Nov 2021
Event Space

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Deborah Kelly - CREATION

Deborah Kelly - CREATION

6 Nov 2021 – 6 Feb 2022
Gallery 1

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Mr Pink - Gaze of Our Lives

Mr Pink - Gaze of Our Lives

27 Nov 2021 - 16 Jan 2022
Gallery 5

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Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021

Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021

4 Dec 2021 - 30 Jan 2022
Galleries 2, 3 & 4

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Sandra Taylor - Lonesome for Love in the Garden of Eden: A little Operetta

Sandra Taylor - Lonesome for Love in the Garden of Eden: A little Operetta

5 February 2022 - 27 March 2022
Gallery 2

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I Weave What I Have Seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan

I Weave What I Have Seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan

12 February 2022 - 27 March 2022
Gallery 1

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CARDBOARD PUPPET WORKSHOP WITH ARIS PRABAWA FROM TARING PADI

CARDBOARD PUPPET WORKSHOP WITH ARIS PRABAWA FROM TARING PADI

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Joanna Kambourian - Fear Catchers & Neon Talismans

Joanna Kambourian - Fear Catchers & Neon Talismans

22 January 2022 - 13 March 2022
Gallery 5

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Kath Egan and Kate Rohde - We were made for these times

Kath Egan and Kate Rohde - We were made for these times

5 February 2022 - 27 March 2022
Gallery 3

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ARMENIAN NEEDLE LACE WORKSHOP WITH ARTIST JOANNA KAMBOURIAN

ARMENIAN NEEDLE LACE WORKSHOP WITH ARTIST JOANNA KAMBOURIAN

5 March
10am to 1pm

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Aris Prabawa: Free Energy

Aris Prabawa: Free Energy

2 April 2022 - 5 June 2022
Gallery 2

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Andrew Rewald: Plant Treaty

Andrew Rewald: Plant Treaty

2 April 2022 - 5 June 2022
Gallery 3

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Written on the Earth: Historical visions of Northern NSW

Written on the Earth: Historical visions of Northern NSW

9 April 2022 - 5 June 2022
Gallery 1

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Lyndall Phelps: Re-collect

Lyndall Phelps: Re-collect

11 June 2022 - 31 July 2022
Gallery 3

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