Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Support THE Northern Rivers creative sector

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Arts OutWest is calling on your $$ to support Arts Northern Rivers’ Flood Recovery campaign.

COVID, then floods – the creative industries in the Northern Rivers are under immeasurable pressure and some will be on the brink. Can you help?


Arts OutWest encourages people to contribute to this new pozible fund to help the arts to recover through the Arts Northern Rivers’ Flood Recovery campaign.

The creative sector across the entire region has collectively suffered untold losses: galleries losing entire collections, studios, equipment, and artworks in ruin, and livelihoods in freefall. Along with this, Arts Northern Rivers also have completely lost their office to the floods. Unfortunately, like many across the region, they are not insured for floods. With insurance premiums beginning at $30,000 per annum, this is simply an unattainable cost for most across the arts sector.

These damages are rising into the 10’s of millions in building and infrastructure alone including; Lismore Regional Gallery, The Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Lismore City Hall (NORPA), M-Arts (Murwillumbah), Byron School of Art, Spaghetti Circus, and so many more. What is extremely prevalent is the magnitude of loss for the region’s independents, which, with the highest concentration of creatives outside a metro area numbering into the hundreds, are suffering greatly, and it will take months if not years to come through this.

With your support, they can recover from the losses through this rapid funding support to provide lifelines in recovering and maintaining careers, incomes and livelihoods in unprecedented times.

All assistance contributes to the imminent needs of the creative sector to start recovering from the destructive impact of flooding that inundated our region. This call for donations will directly assist Arts Northern Rivers to provide funding assistance to the arts and cultural sector across the region to recover from the flood losses. Funds will also be partially allocated to assist the Arts Northern Rivers office re-build, including the purchase of core equipment and resources. – Arts Northern Rivers

Artwork: Holly Ahern and Eden Crawford Herriman. Pic Brendan Beirne.