Artstate Lismore | Opening Night Photos Pt. 1
On Thursday 30 November, crowds began to mill into the grassy new quadrangle in Lismore’s heart, the place coming alive with a bustling and excited energy. It was an energy that couldn’t even be dampened by a pouring burst of rain, and by the time the Djanda Mandi Gingerlah dance clans took their positions, the sky cleared. The cleansing was complete, and Artstate could begin.
Pre-opening drinks at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery.Left to Right: Ben Roche (Southern Cross University), Anita Bellman (Northern Rivers Conservatorium), and Artstate Rapporteurs Ass Prof Adele Wessell and Dr Kristen den Exter (Southern Cross University).Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Don Harwin with Mayor of Lismore Cr Isaac Smith.Left to Right: Ben Roche (Southern Cross University), Kevin Hogan MP (Federal Member for Page) and the Hon. Ben Franklin (Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW).State Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP.Spaghetti Circus Stilt Walkers.Dancers wait for official speeches and Djanda Mandi Gingerlah to begin.Official speeches by Stephen Champion (Regional Arts NSW), Cr Isaac Smith (Mayor of Lismore), Kevin Hogan MP (Federal Member for Page), Thomas George MP (Member for Lismore), and Minister for the Arts the Hon. Don Harwin.A Welcome to Country, followed by an Elder language call and smoking ceremony begins Djanda Mandi Gingerlah.Jannawi Dance Clan and Nini Nahri call and response dances as a part of Djanda Mandi Gingerlah.Muggerah and eXcelsior dancers as a part of Djanda Mandi Gingerlah.Eric Avery plays the violin as a part of Djanda Mandi Gingerlah.All images by Katelyn-Jane Dunn, courtesy of Artstate NSW.