The Colour Inland
Local artist Hele Ellis shows radical new work in oil on canvas at The Lone Goat Gallery this week. Her work for Inland largely abandons form and invites the viewer to a deeply sensory experience. The gesture of the brushstroke determines contours and compositions of the canvas to assist the viewer’s emotional participation in absence of memory-driven associations. Hele Ellis aims at slow viewing her vivid palette that is integral to her visual vocabulary and challenges the viewer to access the work: What influence do the colours have in terms of re-creative freedom, infusing a sense of the spiritual? Seemingly traditional principles are at play with the work shown combining fundamental considerations with the complex human condition. Hele Ellis has been instrumental in shaping a following for abstract contemporary art in the northern rivers since 1996. Her paintings are collected internationally and have been receiving awards since 1998. This is Hele’s first solo exhibition in Byron Bay in a decade. Don’t miss out on this full-colour visceral experience.
Lone Goat Gallery (corner Lawson/Middleton Sts, Byron Bay) from this Thursday to Tuesday 14 June, opening on Friday at 6pm.
Seminar on character development
Interested in learning character creation? Join Penelope Chater, of NIDA and the Drama Centre in London, when she facilitates this course to help you push through to understand and transform your character work. This is being conducted in a seminar format on Sunday 19 June at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby from 2pm till 6pm. $25.
The Amazing Space Cowboy
Inspired by the great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind reading, The Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought-reading demonstrations that can be found in the world today. The holder of 38 Guinness World Records he is also leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience his death-defying stunts of sword swallowing and much more pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible. The Space Cowboy’s live show combines these two elements; what the mind can conceive, the body can achieve. His bizarre demonstrations highlight the incredible power of the human mind and the physical body, and are so unusual they have baffled doctors and scientists around the globe. Witness The Space Cowboy draw pictures from people’s minds, bends spoons in their hands. See him swallow a 60cm glass neon tube and hear his heartbeat as his skin glows from the inside. You are invited to bring your own cutlery for The Space Cowboy to bend with no apparent physical force in your hand!
Making international headlines and performing to sellout crowds, The Space Cowboy’s mind-bending show promises to do just that. This is one performance you will never forget.
Friday – Lismore Star Court Theatre 6pm, Sunday – Byron Theatre 3.30pm and 6pm. Book tickets: www.thespacecowboy.com. Full $25 | Concession $20 | Child U15 $15 | Family of 4 $60.
Catch The Proposition, a new Australian classic written by Nick Cave, 7pm at the Brunswick Picture House this Thursday as part of their Grown Up Film Series. Strange, unsettling and featuring an absolutely stellar cast, this film is already considered a modern masterpiece in the western genre. Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the film is also regarded as uncommonly accurate in its depiction of Indigenous Australian culture in the late 19th century.
Comedy goes Green
With Donald Trump as the US Republican Party candidate, and Labor leader Shorten calling him ‘a madman,’ with dear Malcolm getting all embarrassed and saying something lame like ‘How would we feel if Americans called our candidates mad?’ When it comes to comedy, politics just writes the script. As part of the leadup to the federal election our local Greens have put out the challenge for up-and-coming and established comedians to tell the best jokes, including at least one political joke, in just three minutes! At the Greens Comedy Night and Fundraiser the best performer of the evening will walk away with a night’s accommodation for two at a luxury Byron resort! Anyone can enter. This will be a night of good fun, as long as you put-in the effort. (Get it? Putin!) See, that’s how easy it is. If you’re not keen on performing, then just come along for a laugh. Fundraisers are key for Greens party campaigning as, unlike the major parties, they don’t take political donations. Instead, they have to be innovative. I think it would be fair to say that neither the Libs nor Labour would be hosting comedy nights inviting voters to take a shot.
Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Friday at 7pm.
Doors from 6pm. To register to perform email [email protected]
To buy tickets to this night of cutting-edge satire and political commentary go to nsw.greens.org.au/richmpond-fundraiser.
It’s all fair at Mullumbimby Public School!
I remember the school fair. It was my favourite time of the year. Our school had a special ‘throw a wet sponge at your teacher’ event. It was so popular I think the school raised most of its money on that stand. Owing to something called Health and Safety, they don’t have those sorts of initiatives any more, but it doesn’t mean the fun tap isn’t on full bore. With A Winter Wonderland theme, the Mullumbimby School Fair Fair will feature an awesome, sustainably created life-size igloo, fun winter games and a snow machine (sponsored by Tony Carsburg Holden).
Kids can enjoy five rides and numerous stalls and games. Spaghetti Circus will be there to perform and run a workshop area, while sports lovers can get involved with the PGA inflatable hitting bay run by Certified PGA Professional of Ocean Shores Country Club. The Brunswick Valley Bulldogs Junior AFL Club will also have some fun activities for the kids. There are fantastic raffle and auction prizes to be won including cash, music festival tickets, dinner vouchers, accommodation, attractions, activities and vouchers for local businesses. For the little ones, there’ll be a petting zoo and toddlers’ jumping castle. Adults can sit back relax and enjoy great food, barista-made coffee, sweet treats and entertainment. Live music performances on the day by local artists including Miss Amber and Stukulele, Manoa, Tranzporters Family Band and She’ll Be Apples. The school is this year also launching their first-ever Sustainable Snowman competition. Community members, students from local schools and community groups are invited to join in the competition and build a snowman from completely sustainable and recycled materials. For registration details and major prize information visit the school’s website.
Mullumbimby Public School will be holding its winter fair on Saturday, from 11am till 3pm, at the school grounds on Morrison Ave.
For all information and the on-day program please visit:
The first Thursday of the month is comedy night at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby. Newbie comics take the stage to trial their material. In fact there is no other way to get stage time than to get up and do it. ‘It’s like being a learner driver,’ says Nolan, a longtime passenger in the standup comedy driver seat. ‘You can sit at home and tell jokes to the mirror, but the only place where you actually learn anything is onstage.’ Open mic rooms are also places where professional comics come to try new material. ‘It’s a comedian’s playground,’ says Nolan, ‘so basically anything can happen!’ MC on the evening is Mandy Nolan.
Thursday at the Court House from 8pm. Free entry. Expect adult themes. 18+
Zakay Glass Creations exhibition event featuring Sarah Daly – 4 June 2016, starting from 6pm.
Sarah Daly is a Brisbane-based artist with a different view on how art should be made. She focuses on the people and places where her paintings will end up and then starts creating. In 2015, she set up a company called Daly & X, which works with interior designers to co-create work that is perfect for their vision. Her broad range of training means she can produce very different yet masterful pieces that people love in their homes.
Zakay Glass Creations, a Bangalow gallery specialising in handmade contemporary glass sculpture and luminary lighting, is celebrating their first artist exhibition of the year featuring Sarah’s work. With second-storey views and a beautiful balcony overlooking the main street, the gallery witnesses the vibrancy of Bangalow while exhibiting their stunning geometric sculptures and world-renowned artists Avital Sheffer and Noel Hart. Join them in celebrating the exhibition opening on Saturday. With live music by Josh Arent and Indigo Scarlet Sparke, a solo exhibition by Sarah Daly plus organic wine by Rosnay, and nibbles, this will be a night not to be missed! All are welcome to the Zakay Glass Creations Gallery to witness exclusive and beautiful art along with soothing music in a friendly, illuminated space.
Saturday at 6pm. Zakay Glass Creations, Level 1, 42 Byron St, Bungalow.
Winter poets at the Rails
The winter poets return to Byron’s Writers at the Rails on Sunday with special features Gold Coast poet/muso Josh Holms, the current holder of the fabled Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, and dynamic Nimbin poetry duet, the multi-award-winning Possum and Tango. The show will also feature invited readings and the popular cash-infused Poetry Slam. Starts around 2pm. At the iconic Railway Hotel in Byron.