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Mandy Nolan

RAW Byron Bay present their second amazing showcase at Byron’s Beach Hotel. Seven spoke with Abbie Gibson about her very ambitious project.

What is the concept of RAW? How did you come to be presenting artists from the region? RAW – Natural Born Artists is that it is an indi arts organisation run by artists for artists. Its aim is to create a local, national and international network for artists to get their work out there among the community and have it recognised by vast audiences.

Once showcased here in Byron Bay these artists are invited to showcase in any of 81 cities throughout the US, UK, Canada and now here in Australia. Each artist selected is required to fulfill a requirement of 20 guests on the night to ensure we have a minimum of 600 guests and make everyone’s hard work worthwhile.


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– featuring at RAW

What is your background? Arts management for the better part of the past 10 years, working on boutique street/fringe festivals to more recently selling my live-music venue.

What do you think are the major obstacles for creative people getting their work out there? The obstacle an artist faces overall is having the confidence and awareness to really see their own work and how good it is but then to know where to start with marketing themselves as a business.

What do you look for in an artist you showcase? Overall we are looking for standout talent across the board. Innovators within their craft, people we feel need to be recognised and those that are interested in taking their art seriously.

Why do you think this region has such a high degree of creativity? Byron Bay has always been seen as a cultural centre and I think that’s magnified by its transient travelling population, as well as how well Byron Bay’s local community have nurtured their environment. It sets itself up to inspire all those drawn to the region.

What are the highlights of your next showcase? Translations is set to be even a bigger show than July’s Elevation with another 30 artists set up to blow people’s minds! We have two very interesting short films, a slackline performer, music performances, fashion shows, hair and makeup designers in a setting of 15 visual artists, sculptors, photographers and accessories.

What are your long-term plans for RAW? I hope that RAW becomes an event the community continues to embrace and a night everyone looks forward to. As long as the northern rivers produces such a beautifully diverse range of emerging talent, RAW – Natural Born Artists will continue to showcase them!

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