Ashleigh Ralph has been appointed as Director of the Lismore Regional Gallery, effective from 28 June, Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins announced today.
“I am very excited about Ashleigh joining us to help guide the gallery into the future. We had lots of applications for the role and Ashleigh was the stand-out choice,” Mayor Ekins said.
“The Brisbane Institute of Modern Art’s loss is definitely our gain.”
Before taking up the position, Ms Ralph (pictured) was Assistant Director, Development and Operations at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia’s oldest independent contemporary art space. She has been involved with the IMA since 2011, when she began volunteering for the organisation.
She is also Founder and Director of Innerspace Contemporary Art (ICA), a roaming gallery that has exhibited a sporadic, curated schedule of work by early-career artists since 2017.
Ms Ralph holds a Bachelor of Arts, Art History with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.
She said she was looking forward to the new role.
“With its distinctive and innovative program, Lismore Regional Gallery plays an important role in the region and I am thrilled to be appointed as its next Director,” she said.
“I look forward to bringing fresh energy to the gallery and working closely with the community, staff, and the Council to further enrich the gallery’s reputation.
“My vision is to provide a professional and accessible platform for artists to present their stories – a platform that allows for meaningful audience engagement through creative excellence.
“I hope to work with the Widjabul Wiabal people of Bundjalung nation by showcasing their connection to land, waters, community, and the arts through a collaborative artistic program.”