One year on: Lismore Gallery Director on recovery

How pop-up programming is reshaping Lismore, a year after the floods.

Lismore Regional Gallery (LRG) recently faced a milestone in its recovery.

Twelve months since the Northern Rivers floods peaked two metres higher than any previous data (28 February 2022) – inundating the Gallery and leaving its Collection encrusted with mud – the anniversary was marked by the return of the first 170 restored artworks. They were unloaded into storage at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, which will be the temporary custodian of Lismore’s Collection for the immediate future.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina