Jenni Cargill-Strong during a storytelling session at Tweed River Regional Gallery. She is coming to Lismore this Saturday for a free event.Image courtesy of Tweed River Regional Gallery.
Jenni Cargill-Strong during a storytelling session at Tweed River Regional Gallery. She is coming to Lismore this Saturday for a free event.Image courtesy of Tweed River Regional Gallery.

Tall tales for kids

One of Brett Adlington’s aims as the new Lismore Regional Gallery director is to instigate a kids program that allows children to become more engaged with the gallery. Already that vision is taking shape with the second free kids event happening this Saturday, March 20, to mark World Storytelling Day.

“My owns kids are always fascinated with people telling stories. I think stories are such an integral part of childhood and growing up, plus many of these stories feed into the current exhibition, so the kids can hear the stories and be immersed in the art – it will be like sitting inside a story book,” Brett said. “I want to use the gallery in more ways than it just being a place where art is stuck on the walls. I think it should be an active space.”

The free event is being presented by renowned storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong, who will be telling a number of enchanting stories amongst the current exhibition, Art out of water: the fish of art, a diverse exhibition that shows the many ways artists have interpreted fish in their work. A number of Jenni’s stories reflect marine themes, and often have an ecological narrative. Brett said the stories are often thoughtful and mature, and will capture the imagination of young and old alike.

Jenni will present the first story from 10.30-11am this Saturday at the Lismore Regional Gallery, and the second story from 12.30-1pm. Everyone is welcome.


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