Upgrades to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery will shine a light on new exhibitions thanks to almost $51,000 in NSW Government funding.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the funding would be supported by the Cowra Shire Council and would see new energy efficient LED lighting installed at the gallery.

“The new lighting will refresh the gallery and boost its capacity to host and curate exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize regional tour,” Ms Cooke said.

“Since opening in 2000, the gallery has offered a diverse program including state and national touring exhibitions, curated art and craft projects and learning opportunities such as school visits and artists’ talks.”

Brian Langer, Director Cowra Regional Art Gallery, said it was a wonderful opportunity.

“Lighting makes such a big difference to our display techniques and the way we can highlight important artworks within exhibitions,” Mr Langer said.

“It also advances the gallery’s profile, hopefully it will make visitors’ experiences more enjoyable.”

Mayor of Cowra, Cr Bill West said the council had allocated funding and are proud to be involved in the upgrade with the State Government.

“Cowra Council are delighted to receive the funding from the NSW Government and have contributed to the LED lighting upgrade by matching the amount.”

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.

“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.”

The program was improved in 2017 to give community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.

New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.