FINAL OPENING: The current gallery building in Molesworth Street.
FINAL OPENING: The current gallery building in Molesworth Street. Samantha Elley

End of an era: Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery

THE last exhibitions ever to be open at the current Lismore gallery building will be launched this weekend.

Lismore Gallery will be moving to its new venue at the Lismore Quadrangle next year, and the current building at Molesworth St will house its last exhibitions from this Saturday until February 4, 2017.

The gallery will be transitioning into its new home, set to open in September 2017.

The shows opening this Saturday are:


1.Adrian Cameron - Widjabul Dreaming

Bundjalung artist Adrian Cameron's meticulous and mesmerising paintings depict local animals, spirits, sacred places and dreaming.

This twenty-year retrospective exhibition Widjabul Dreaming is a testament to the significance of aboriginal culture and the power of art in healing.

The 'clever fella' played an important part in Aboriginal culture for the Bundjalung people.

He was a healer who could use his knowledge of plant life for medicinal purposes to heal people in the tribe. And he was known as the one who upheld the 'lore' if anyone in the tribe broke it.

2. Nathan Gooley - Superheroes And Monsters

NATHAN Gooley is an emerging artist based in Lismore.

He is strongly influenced by imagery from pop culture, creating bold graphic images of his favourite superheroes and old school movie monsters.

Nathan uses a variety of individual and inventive techniques to create his artworks with meticulous care in his studio space at the R.E.D. Inc. Studios.

Nathan received a 2016 Accessible Arts Small Arts Grant for this project.

R.E.D. Inc. is a disability support organisation based in the Northern Rivers aiming to see people with disabilities viewed as valued and respected community members, experiencing a fulfilling range of life opportunities and choices.

3. René Bolten - Paintings And Drawings

RENÉ Bolten is a highly regarded local painter who won the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize (now the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize) in 2013.

Born in The Hague, Netherlands, and studying at the Amsterdam Academy for Visual Art Education, Bolten has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

This exhibition will bring together recent work in his preferred genres of still life, portraiture and drawing.

4. Madeline Kidd And Masato Takasaka - Playroom

MADELINE Kidd and Masato Takasaka are Melbourne based artists.

For Playroom, Kidd will present a new series of digital prints, mirror and shelf works, a continuation in Kidd's work of domestic familiarity reinvented.

Her works reference a range of genres and art forms including Italian Memphis design.

Takasaka thinks about his studio practice in musical terms, describing his aesthetic as an iPod Shuffle: playing the greatest hits of 20th century avant-garde art, with references to constructivism, dada, pop and minimalism alongside the back catalogue of his own greatest hits.

This practice of recycling previous works to generate new work forms part of Takasaka's art historical research into the culture of appropriation.

For this exhibition however they are working together, creating an installation in which the works are in conversation.

Takasaka and Kidd are husband and wife, thus the act of working together will draw parallels with their domestic relationship, the knowing of each other and agreements and disagreements that come when bounded people share space.

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