New Director of Lismore Regional Gallery appointed

New Director of Lismore Regional Gallery appointed

Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins is excited to announce that Ashleigh Ralph has been appointed as the new Director of the Lismore Regional Gallery, effective from 28 June.

“I am very excited about Ashleigh joining us to help guide the gallery into the future. We had lots of applications for the role and Ashleigh was the stand-out choice,” she said.

“The Brisbane Institute of Modern Art’s loss is definitely our gain.”

Before taking up the position, Ashleigh was the Assistant Director, Development and Operations at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia’s oldest independent contemporary art space. She has been involved with the IMA since 2011, when she began volunteering for the organisation.

Ashleigh is also Founder and Director of Innerspace Contemporary Art (ICA), a roaming gallery that has exhibited a sporadic, curated schedule of work by early-career artists since 2017. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at UAP, and has worked at Griffith University Art Museum, Edwina Corlette Gallery, and the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts, Art History with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Ashleigh Ralph said she was looking forward to her new role.

“With its distinctive and innovative program, Lismore Regional Gallery plays an important role in the region and I am thrilled to be appointed as its next Director,” she said.

“I look forward to bringing fresh energy to the gallery and working closely with the community, staff, and the Council to further enrich the gallery’s reputation.

“My vision is to provide a professional and accessible platform for artists to present their stories – a platform that allows for meaningful audience engagement through creative excellence.

“I hope to work with the Widjabul Wiabal people of Bundjalung nation by showcasing their connection to land, waters, community, and the arts through a collaborative artistic program.”

Established in 1953, Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in New South Wales.

In 2015, thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, and a donation of $500,000 from the Margaret Olley Arts Trust, the Gallery moved to its current location in Rural Street. Sitting alongside the Library, The Northern Rivers Conservatorium and The Quad, the gallery has become the cultural hub of the city.

Source: Lismore City Council