Welcome to Serpentine

Serpentine Community Gallery

- Open  hours -

10am-4pm Monday - Friday 

10am-2pm Saturday

3/104 Conway Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480

Ph: 0492964819 gallery@serpentinearts.org

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This Place

opens Saturday 11th of May 2024 from 3pm  til 7pm. 

A diverse and powerful exhibition celebrating culture and community. An invitation has been extended to Indigenous artists in the Northern Rivers to exhibit at Serpentine. With over 30 artists and many diverse artworks, from Traditional to Contemporary including ceramics, paintings, printmaking, digital art, woodwork, and sculpture.

Indigenous art invites us to walk in harmony with the land, to honour the spirits of our ancestors, and to embrace the powerful narratives that emerge from the intersection of tradition and contemporary expression.

You are invited to attend the opening of 'This Place' on a Saturday afternoon from 3pm till 7pm. This exhibition showcases Aboriginal Artists who live in the Northern Rivers. There will be activities for the kids, a fire, snacks, and refreshments available. 

This exhibition runs 10th till the 24th of May 2024. 

Serpentine is open Mon to Fri 10 till 4pm and 10 till 2pm on Saturdays. 

Experience the power of indigenous creativity at the 'Our Place' exhibition. Each artwork is a testament to the resilience, cultural pride, and artistic talent of indigenous artists in the Northern Rivers. All welcome. 

Please contact the gallery for viewing out of hours. 

Featured Image. Timeless by Val Smith. "We won't fade in time. Our connections to Country will live on in everything that surrounds us. Earth or sky, my spirit will always be" Val Smith. 

See more of Val’s work on FB, Instagram or at her website val_smith_art 

Facebook Event 

Dervis Pavlovic's long awaited exhibition Dreams Myths and Reflections  opens 11th Feb. 2023. 

Artist Statement and Bio: 

My painting is expressively graphic and narrative in its imagery. I paint symbols of my daily thoughts and feelings.

The persistence of darkness in my imagery is more suggestive of my Eastern European roots and a legacy of war and dislocation that coloured my childhood.

I am interested in exploring the possibilities and limitations of political art and the confrontations such dimensions pose. I draw from an acute but almost surreal sense of an apocalyptic shift taking place in world politics. At the risk of severity and didacticism I nonetheless engage with my work as a personal statement on the public/political.

I mostly paint on canvas making liberal use of oil colours to express my concepts. I take a Magic/Realism approach to render images inspired by daily musings, photographs, media and literature. Although mostly figurative, my paintings also include landscapes which exhibit the same tendencies toward the dominant aesthetic. 

I contend with the tension between art and artifice, as I strive for cultural significance and integrity in a commodified, corporatised and consuming world.


Born in Osnabruck Germany in 1946 

Migrated to Australia in 1950 

Formal education in Adelaide

Diploma of Graphic Design, West Australian Institute of Technology in 1971

Diploma of Fine Art (Painting), National Art School in Sydney in 1991


First solo exhibition as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts – Fringe Festival in 1992. 

Won First Prize – Byron Bay Art Prize in 1993

Second Solo Exhibition held at Southern Cross University’s Next Gallery in 2007

Won People’s Choice Award – Tropical Fruits Art Showcase in 2018 

Won First Prize - North Coast National Art Prize in 2019

Solo show as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival in Sept. 2022.

Third Solo Show at Serpentine Gallery February 2023