The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) has established itself as a significant regional cultural hub and creative catalyst in the Northern Rivers. NRCG exhibitions and programs promote critical thinking, creative exploration and social cohesion; and connect artists, makers and audiences with creative opportunity.
Ballina Shire Council established the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in 2007 in the historic former Ballina Municipal Council Chambers. Built in 1927, Council renovated this building to the highest standard in lighting, climate control and security. Adjacent to the gallery in the same building is the popular Ballina Gallery Cafe.
The gallery features four exhibition spaces and presents a range of professional, multi-arts and cultural programs incorporating diverse events, public programs and residencies. NRCG provides opportunities for emerging and established artists to hire galleries and exhibit and sell their work under subsidised arrangements (this is unique in the region), as well as touring exhibitions and
in-house curated programs. Programs are initiated by local and national artists, arts professionals and cultural and community groups and are guided by the principles of access, equity and participation.
Envisaging a future creative precinct, in 2018 Northern Rivers Community Gallery expanded into the heritage listed former Ballina Fire station, which reopened as Ignite Studios @ NRCG. Ignite Studios, Ballina’s newest multidisciplinary creative space provides dedicated, fit-for-purpose, creative industries spaces for studios, residencies, projects and events. Ignite Studios supports regional arts and cultural development through the provision of subsidised creative industry studio spaces and professional development programs including master classes and the visiting artist program.
A diverse range of public programs are offered throughout the year for all levels of creative development supporting the participation in arts and cultural activities for visitors and the wider community.
NRCG is positioned to physically expand further, and is emerging as an exciting cultural precinct for the region.