Community Engagement Officer Annoucement

Community Engagement Officer Announcement

Arts Northern Rivers are delighted to announce that with the support of the Margaret Olley Arts Trust, they have been able to partner with Lismore Regional Gallery to support the position of a Community Engagement Officer for two years.

The Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for fostering greater linkages with educational institutions and community organisations to promote Lismore Regional Gallery as an important learning environment and ensuring it is accessible to the whole community. The position will also establish the Gallery as a leader in the field of providing accessible programs.

Lismore Regional Gallery and Arts Northern Rivers are incredibly grateful for the support of the Margaret Olley Arts Trust over the next two years. Executor of the Trust, Philip Bacon AM stated:

The Margaret Olley Arts Trust are once again delighted to support Lismore Regional Gallery and the community of the Northern Rivers. As the town of her birth, Lismore naturally held strong memories for Margaret. Supporting this position will ensure young people gain deeper connections with the arts, while also inspiring the next generation of artists. This was something Margaret was deeply passionate about.”

This position will work with a diverse range of community stakeholders including educators, service providers and those seeking a deeper and richer cultural experience at the gallery. Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith welcomed the partnership:

“This is a wonderful partnership between Arts Northern Rivers, the Margaret Olley Arts Trust and our Regional Gallery and shows the depth of arts in our community. We have a well-visited Regional Gallery here in Lismore and the appointment of a Community Engagement Officer will help bring its offerings to even more of the community.”

Arts Northern Rivers is currently partnering with Lismore Regional Gallery on the delivery of the Auslan Creative project. This builds on the years of work the gallery has done in the provision of programs specifically for Deaf audiences. The Community Engagement Officer will be vital in ensuring the success of this project. Arts Northern Rivers’ Executive Director, Peter Wood joined Cr Smith in saying:

“Arts Northern Rivers is always pleased to support important creative institutions to deliver arts and cultural resources for our region. And with the Margaret Olley Arts Trust also at the table this result is a big win for the Lismore Regional Gallery and wider Northern Rivers Community”.

Claudie Frock commenced in the role in early September and can be contacted via

Image – Claudie Frock leading a kids’ tour of the exhibition From Here to There Australian Art & Walking, 2018. Photo by Carl Warner