28.9 C
Byron Shire
March 9, 2021

Deluge – the art of recovering from Debbie

Latest News

Sowing the seed for a connected, local food chain

Lisa Machin If you’ve ever been to the New Brighton or Mullum Farmers Markets you’d be forgiven if you thought...

Other News

Sowing the seed for a connected, local food chain

Lisa Machin If you’ve ever been to the New Brighton or Mullum Farmers Markets you’d be forgiven if you thought...

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that...


I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will...

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

River Rising by Heather Matthew. Image supplied.

Water washed through Murwillumbah during Cyclone Debbie two years ago leaving a community devastated by the flooding and struggling to cope. Local artist Heather Matthew has used the complete submerging of her studio during the cyclone as a means of creating art and dealing with the experience. She is exhibiting the artwork that has come from this process at the newly appointed M-Arts Precinct in the long gallery upstairs from this Friday.

The work uses the papers rescued from her flooded paper drawers, the mud splashed and stained survivors of the flood.

‘They have been stitched together revealing traces of the emotional upheaval of the flood and the process of navigating a way forward into the future,’ said Heather.

‘Making these artworks was a transformative journey of healing where I felt I co-collaborated with nature to create works that spoke of resilience and beauty through adversity using the flood stains and mud spatters which were left after the floodwaters subsided.’

The exhibition will be opened by Julie Barratt, Regional Arts Officer, Central Queensland Regional Arts Service Network on Friday March 15 at 5pm. Julie Barratt is a former Northern Rivers artist and gallery owner who joined with Heather Mathew to curate the international exhibition A Book About Death Australia at the Tweed Regional Gallery in 2013.

There are more than 20 artworks in the Deluge exhibition, most of which were made following Matthew’s return from overseas travel and an artist residency in France last year.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The moveable feast

David Lowe There’s never been a better time to revisit the classic picnic and its many variants. With many venues moving to focus on outdoor dining...

Have you been to Oma yet? 

Oma is the newest food and wine bar in Byron Bay, established by the team at Three Blue Ducks. It has replaced the old...

Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

A Lego load of fun on the Gold Coast

A place for water dragons to thrive was the theme of a construction competition at Southern Cross University (SCU) yesterday. The tricky part was making the build with Lego.