Forster Gallery will be refurbished after the Great Lakes Art Society secured a $51,704 grant from the NSW Government Infrastructure Grants Program.
Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Tanya Thompson, said Forster Gallery are one of three Myall Lakes organisations to receive a share in $355,124 through the August round of the Clubgrants Category 3 fund.
“The Great Lakes Art Society is a community volunteer organisation that operates Forster Gallery,” Mrs Thompson said.
“Society volunteers play an important role in bringing art to our community and the gallery improvements will benefit artists for years to come.
“This funding is an investment in our arts, culture, and is a boost for local tourism.”
Great Lakes Art Society President, Christine Rands, says their members are thrilled.
“We will use the funds to repair and upgrade our Gallery in Lake Street Forster. We will replace the windows and upgrade the front façade of our building to ensure the experience of visiting, exhibiting, and learning at the Gallery is a safe and pleasant one for locals and tourists.
“These much-needed renovations will enable the Society to meet its objectives for the next five years and ensure the thirty-five-year-old building remains in good repair well into the future.
“As a registered community association and charity, our Society encourages all members of the community to join and enjoy our affordable exhibition space and classes, share skills and experiences, and meet like-minded amateur visual artists or visit and admire the variety of work on show, “said Mrs Rands.