Grafton Regional Gallery’s annual program of works received a boost from Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announcing a grant of $70,000.

“This is set to be an exciting year for the gallery as it embarks on a major redevelopment of the cultural precinct thanks to $7.6 million announced last year by the Nationals in Government for its revitalisation,” Mr Gulaptis said. “This upgrade will mark a new phase for arts and culture in the Clarence Valley and this latest funding injection while much smaller is just as important so the gallery continues to thrive as a lively hub of creativity for all ages.”

The funding will allow the gallery to present an extensive annual program promoting cultural participation, lifelong learning, collaboration and supporting local artists in a sustainable way.

“This is all about backing not just the gallery, but also local artists, local tourism and local jobs,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The funding will help the gallery stage a variety of events, exhibitions, workshops and educational activities not only onsite but at satellite venues throughout the Clarence Valley.”

“This support is crucial and I know that its outcomes will be greatly received not only by the local community, but across visitors to the area too.”

“We enjoy a rich arts culture in our region with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists contributing significantly to our cultural assets, and this funding recognises the value of the gallery’s programs in the Clarence Valley community,” Mr Gulaptis said.

The annual funding comes under the Arts and Cultural Organisations Program.