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Culture November 19

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Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre's latest Nancy Fairfax artist-in-residence Monica Rohan at work in the purpose-built studio. Photo supplied
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre’s latest Nancy Fairfax artist-in-residence Monica Rohan at work in the purpose-built studio. Photo supplied

Monica Rohan

In November the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre will host Brisbane-based artist Monica Rohan in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

Working in watercolour on paper and oil on board, Rohan explores issues of subjectivity by portraying herself in a struggle against overwhelming surroundings.

Monica Rohan, Avoid 2014, oil on board, 61 x 45cm
Monica Rohan, Avoid 2014, oil on board, 61 x 45cm

Come and meet Monica at the gallery and see a demonstration of her painting techniques this Sunday, 16 November, from 12.30pm-2.30pm. This is a free event and no bookings are required.

Monica’s residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery running from 5 June till 4 October 2015.

Lismore Regional Gallery

Local artist Duke Albada worked with local community residents for Lismore 2074, to coincide with Lismore Regional Gallery’s 60th anniversary. Duke asked groups and individuals with a diverse range of beliefs and backgrounds ‘How do you imagine Lismore in 2074?’

These conversations were recorded and play in the gallery space as the audience wander through a maze of hanging banners that immerse the audience in a physical and sonic experience.

Photographer Raimond de Weerdt’s Silent Speech explores the notion between reality and truth in photography. De Weerdt explores these issues through the misconception that photography captures the truth and reality. Through Raimond’s manipulation of his photographs he challenges the beliefs of the audience, the resulting works are mysterious and unsettling, drawing us in to unravel untold stories.

Former Lismore, now Melbourne-based artist Rahima Jackson explores the psychological state of the conscious mind in her work It’s my house, but you can’t come in. The work encourages public interaction making the participant aware of their conscious state within the installation.

Southern Cross University honours student Brigette Lucas explores her identity as a woman with Alopecia. Her work Untitled in the 24:7 window space combines performative aspects of identity and the notion of the hidden self. Lucas focuses on her physical appearance to reveal issues we might otherwise be blind to, informed by her research into marginality, sexuality and feminism. Lismore Regional Gallery is at 131 Molesworth Street Lismore visit the website at www.lismoregallery.org or phone 6622 2209.

Three Decades of Japanese Fashion celebrated at GOMA

The innovative and influential developments in Japanese fashion from the early 1980s to the present are celebrated in Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, showing exclusively at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) over summer.

Curated by world-renowned fashion historian Akiko Fukai, ‘Future Beauty’ is a comprehensive survey featuring more than 100 garments and accessories from the unparalleled collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan.

Along with iconic garments by pioneering fashion figures such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, Future Beauty showcases designs by mid-career innovators such as Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi and Australia’s own Akira Isogawa.

Alongside designs by Miyake and his contemporaries, an entire section of the exhibition is dedicated to garments by next-generation designers including Tao Kurihara, Taro Horiuchi, Matohu, Akira Naka, Sacai, Mikio Sakabe, Anrealage, Somarta, Ne-net and Mintdesigns. On Friday 21 November, the Australian premiere performance of Japanese Harajuku band Broken Doll will kick off the Gallery’s popular Up Late series. Future Beauty Up Late returns to GOMA on select Friday nights across summer giving visitors the chance to view this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion after hours.Tickets on sale now via www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/futurebeauty

Guinness Book of Records Comedian Heads up BellyLaugh

Lindsay Webb is truly an International act worthy of the title. In fact in 2009 he took out the Guinness World Record for the longest comedy show by an individual – a staggering 38 hours and six minutes. Yep, this bloke loves the stage and the stage loves him! Lindsay loves digital media; he is a regular guest on Wil Anderson’s FOFOP podcast, he hosts a podcast for BP Australia (CBBP Podcast) and is a regular guest at 612 ABC QLD with the Futureheads panel.

He is also known for crowd warmup for many TV shows, including Gruen Nation, Q&A and Save Your Life Tonight. Lindsay also hosted some pretty great shows recently: Royal Architect Awards, Gold Coast Media Awards, QLD Advertising Awards, and Laugh Your Pants Off Gala at the Gold Coast Casino, twice.

In 2013 Lindsay performed 280 gigs and released his second DVD Pundamonium, a show that received four stars at the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Prior to his solo show efforts, Lindsay’s career was forged across several media. He was ‘the funny bloke’ on the Sea FM morning crew on the Sunshine Coast QLD for four years, and has been working the Australian comedy circuit since he won the Queensland finals of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival JJJ Raw Comedy Competition in 1998.

He is the feature MC at the free regular comedy night at the Byron Brewery on Thursday at 8pm. With lots of great talent on the open mic, this is a night not to be missed!

Uplift On the Way

Uplift Festival 2014 is just a breath away and coming to Byron Bay Dec 11–14 with featured inspirational speakers, thinkers and artists: Bruce Lipton; Charles Eisenstein; Lissa Rankin; Satish Kumar; Barbara Marx Hubbard; Patch Adams; Tim Mac Macartney; Agnes Baker Pilgrim; Joan Borysenko; Scarlett Lewis; Jamie Catto; and Taikaya Blaney being just some of the crew making their way to Byron for the four-day globally live-streamed event. UPLIFT is an acronym for Universal Peace and Love in a Festival of Transformation, and seeks to bring together some of the finest global evolutionary leaders who will join millions worldwide calling for a positive shift for Planet Earth. For more information go to upliftfestival.com.

Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Neurons to Nirvana – Understanding Psychedelic Medicines is a richly illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine.

Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential in legal scientific tests underway across the world. Feature film and panel discussion on psychedelic medicines, with guests Rak Razam, Dan Schreiber, Steve McDonald (PRISM), and Margaret Cross on Thursday at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre at 7pm. Tickets are $15 conc / $20 full plus b/f: and are available at the The Byron Commuity Centre  or call the Byron Theatre on 6685 6807 for info.

The Byron Spirt Festival

The Byron Spirit Festival returns to Mullumbimby and surrounds for our third gathering of local, regional and international spirited folk in a weekend of yoga, dance, tantra, music, ayurveda, ritual ceremony and celebration, healing, whole foods, conscious kids’ activities, healthy marketplace, and new surprises. Looking at this third-time event, co-founder Alex Grant says, ‘After taking a year off in 2014, we’re truly coming back by popular demand. This grassroots gathering left a hole in the hearts of many! The fallow year enabled us to source some extraordinary teachers and performers who will enliven the spirits of all who join in Byron Spirit Festival in 2015.’ Upcoming guests include:  Dr Robert Svoboda, Jo Cobbett, Mark Whitwell, Clive Sheridan, Dena Kingsberg, Rose Baudin, Chad Wilkins, Gwyn Williams, Tahir Qawwal, Dustin Thomas, Simon Park, Mel Dobra, and many many more to be revealed in the coming weeks! Tickets on sale [email protected] Join our lively Facebook group! Watch 2013 BSF on YouTube. March 20–22 2015.

Art with Honours

A diverse range of artworks from oil paintings to ceramics and photographs will explore issues such as the notion of place and home, the military and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the boundaries between human and non-human animals in the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) exhibition, opening on Friday at V Block at the Lismore Uni campus at 5.30pm.

Lennox Laughs!

There’s nothing better than a night of laughter. Honestly, it’s the ultimate health tonic – those busy little endorphins go buzzing about and a person is literally not only in a better mood but they have burnt a few calories at the same time.

Be at Club Lennox for an evening of laughs this Saturday when comedian Ellen Briggs presents her sharp-edged brand of humour. A mother of two, with a rapidly rising career in the comedy industry, Briggs takes her audience on an observational and hilarious journey through life as an accidental mother of identical twins and the wife of a husband who is away working for nine months of the year. She has made an art-form of sneaking really politically incorrect jokes onto the end of ‘nice’ yarns.

She launches the punch lines stealthily. You won’t see them coming, but you’ll know when they hit. She is joined by support act Paul McMahon, a quirky easygoing father of four with a keen eye for comedic observation! Club Lennox on Saturday at 6.30pm. The great value ticket price of $45 includes a two-course dinner and show. Bookings are essential, call 6687 4313 or visit to website to buy tickets.

Dreamers Audition

Lismore-based theatre company NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) are looking for performers to help them create a new homegrown theatre work called Dreamer.

Inspired by drifters and outsiders and created through improvisation and dance, Dreamer is about being brave enough to follow your dreams. They are inviting experienced local and interstate performers to join artistic director Julian Louis for a two-hour workshop-audition. Dancers, physical-theatre performers, and actors are all welcome.

Experience in improvisation and collaborative performance is essential. The workshop auditions will be held at NORPA at Lismore City Hall Friday 28 November 2–4pm and Saturday 29 November 10–12pm.

If you are interested please email a 200-word bio and short performance resume to Bethwynn Hackett, NORPA creative producer, at [email protected]



Byron Community College

You’re invited to Byron Community College’s 21st Birthday Party and Art Exhibition on Friday 28 November at the Mullumbimby Campus from 5pm and the Laneway studio from 6.30pm.

Family movies

Byron Youth Service is hosting a free family movie night at the Suffolk Park Community Hall, Friday 5 December at 7pm – short movies made by local young people and family movie Son Of Rambo. Bring a pillow to sit on.

Friends of Library

Byron Shire Friends of the Library meets Wednesday 19 November 10am in the Arakwal Room at the Byron Library. All welcome.

Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery presents Over There, an exhibition of new work by Chrissy Huntsman and Craig Rochfort. The show runs until 19 November.

BVCAG party

Brunswick Valley Cancer Action Group invites all volunteers who have assisted us with our fundraising efforts to our Christmas party on Thursday 20 November at 2pm. Short meeting for members at 1.30pm at 23 Fern Street, Mullumbimby.

William McInnes talk

Friends of the Libraries and Collins Bookshop Byron Bay present William McInnes talking about his new bookHolidays, Wednesday 19 November 5.30 for 6pm, Aquarius Café, 16 Lawson St, Byron Bay. $25 food, drinks. Bookings essential: 6685 7820.

Art talk in the pub

2014 Jacaranda Drawing Prize winner Emma Walker has been invited by C.A.S.E. to talk about Why Art? at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby on Tuesday 25 November at 6pm. All welcome, free.

Byron Sophia

Byron Sophia Philosophical Group: Books, Films, Plays, Melodies, Poems, Jokes that shaped us. Thursday 20 November 1–3pm, at Masonic Centre, 6 Byron St, Byron Bay. Info: Celia 6684 3623.


Heartcircle devotional singing, sharing, meditation group every Sunday at South Golden Beach Community Hall 10–11.30am. Enq Linda on 0415 412 514.


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