These Halls Are Made for Talking…


Earlier this year Arts Northern Rivers invited communities from the Northern Rivers to nominate their local community hall for a chance to be involved in the region-wide arts project If These Halls Could Talk.

The two-year project will see the seven halls, one from each Local Government Area, have a renowned artistic team collaborate with their community to tell the story of their hall.

We received over 120 nominations!

The assessment panel were blown away by the strength of the nominations and depth of community connection to their local hall

But after many cups of tea and a few niece biscuits our selection panel managed to whittle 120 down to the final seven.

*cue the confetti*

We are thrilled to announce the seven halls chosen for the If These Halls Could Talk project are…

Meerschuam Vale Hall, Ballina Shire; Eureka Hall, Byron Shire; Eatonsville Hall, Clarence Valley; Bonalbo District Memorial Hall, Kyogle; Broadwater-Riley’s Hill Hall, Richmond Valley; The Channon Hall, Lismore City Council; and Tumbulgum Hall, Tweed Shire.


While only seven could be chosen we know every hall in our region has a story to tell. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that nominated their hall; you’re all winners in our eyes!

There are many opportunities for all halls to be involved as the project progresses so we encourage everyone to continue to share stories and images of their hall on the If These Halls Could Talk’sInstagram and Facebook page.

The next phase of the project will see a community engagement coordinator and an artistic team embedded in the seven halls to create an artistic response to the history of the hall and it’s community.

If These Halls Could Talk project is funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnership funding.