RocoColonial, Blinman Slag and Media Studies – opening at Lismore Regional Gallery Thursday and running to 19 April 2020
Three new exhibitions highlight local connections through contemporary art at Lismore Regional Gallery: RocoColonial, featuring artists: Brook Andrew, Tony Clark, Peter Cooley, Geoffrey Hannah, Deborah Kelly, Belem Lett, Jennifer Leahy, Danie Mellor, Marc Newson, Técha Noble (And Romance Was Born), Joan Ross, Justin Shoulder, Esme Timbery, Jenny Watson, Louise Zhang, Renjie Teoh (cartouches.) RocoColonial is a colourful, dazzling exhibition bringing together 17 contemporary Australian artists working across painting, sculpture, design and fashion to explore the themes of the Rococo and Colonial periods. In doing so, they have created a powerful commentary on colonialism, decadence and power.
Blinman Slag by Grayson Cooke is an art/science exploration of mining slag waste from the Blinman Copper Mine in the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Ballina-based artist and Southern Cross University lecturer, Grayson Cooke explores the strange beauty of mining waste as a window into the enormous forces humankind exerts upon the Earth.
Media Studies continues Western Australian artist Bennett Miller’s ongoing exploration of human behaviour in relationship to the natural world. Local audiences may be familiar with Miller’s work through his five-year presentation of a fake Amish community barn raiser, which was presented by Lismore Regional Gallery at Splendour in the Grass. Media Studies is a series of new video works and small sculptures, many of which repurpose an existing aspect of popular culture.
The official opening of all three exhibitions is Friday 14 February, 6pm.
RocoColonial, Blinman Slag and Media Studies – opening at Lismore Regional Gallery Thursday and running to 19 April 2020. www.lismoregallery.org
We will Fight them on the Beaches
V-day Billion Rising | Main Beach, Byron | 6.30pm | wear red
Vagina Conversations | Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Friday, Saturday | 7pm
The annual V-day and Vagina Conversations events are back, on Friday and Saturday. These are held as part of a global movement to end violence against women and to empower women.
They are bold, courageous, noisy celebrations of women and their power. Free on Main Beach at 6.30am on Friday, and tickets are selling fast for the Vagina Conversations at Byron Theatre, 7pm. Tix byroncentre.com.au
Crowns for One Eyed Kings
Byron Cube Gallery | Byron Council | until 24 March
In a quiet street in the bustling Arts and Industry Estate in Byron Bay, you will find Hammer and Hand, a jewellery and metalsmith collective established by Bruce Pringle – artist, metalsmith and magician. Here Bruce forges work that is both playful and insightful. Bruce, draws upon imagery and themes as diverse and timeless as ‘the art of the Ancients’, the human condition, the transience of everything, and tea.
Bruce draws us into his work with whimsy and humour while delivering a solid and serious punch. In his recent series of crowns for ‘One-eyed Kings’ Bruce takes aim at contemporary leadership, the strangulation of democracy and the very real ignorance of the population.
Bruce Pringle’s Crowns for One-Eyed Kings will be exhibited in Cube Gallery in the foyer of Byron Council Chambers until 24 March.
CWA (Country Witches Association), fourth Meeting and podcast, with Áine Tyrrell and Mandy Nolan
Brew House Theatre Byron Bay Brewery | Friday 21 Feb | 8pm | $25 + bf
After two sold out shows before Xmas, a sold out show in Lismore, and two in Brisbane, the Country Witches Association are back with one final local show before they take their witchy musings to gather the clan in Melbourne, Sydney and Katoomba. ‘As performers we get a bit tired of sticking to the rules, so the idea of the CWA is to unleash our more deviant selves. This is a creative space to navigate topics at a deeper level than you’d do in a traditional pub format. We really want to stir the pot on stage, and in the audience.’
The CWA Meeting format invites the audience to participate by becoming members and suggesting topics to be discussed on the agenda by Mandy and Áine. Tired of waiting for change? Creative women around the world are getting ready to stir the political pot!
Friday 21 February at the Brew House Theatre at the Byron Brewery at 8pm. Tix $25 (plus booking fee) from ainetyrrell.com/touring
HOTA | 5–7 March
Following its sell-out run in Sydney last year, Monty Python’s Spamalot is coming to the Gold Coast, at HOTA, 5–7 March, on the only Queensland stop of its 2020 tour. Directed by Richard Carroll and choreographed by Cameron Mitchell, this hilarious classic musical, which is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Audiences can expect the unexpected as a diverse, cross-gender cast of heroic, yet foolish actors, battle their way past various cows, killer rabbits and French people, in pursuit of claiming the legendary Grail. hota.com.au
Open Screen: A Place for Makers
BSA, Mulllumbimby | Thursday 20 Feb | 7.30pm | Entry by donation
Open Screen is a non-competitive and inclusive ‘open mic night’ for filmmakers – under the stars, and out the back of the Byron School of Art in Mullumbimby.
This is not a curated presentation, so even the organisers won’t know who or what is on the bill till half an hour before showtime. They are aiming for a 45-minute program.
All films should be no longer than eight minutes. All genres are welcome, including documentary and experimental. Participants can have contributed to the film in any way, (as writer, director, producer, composer, actor etc.) and must attend the screening.
Doors open Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm for filmmakers to deliver video files. Showtime is 8pm.
If you’re a filmmaker, submissions are now open! For registration and all guidelines, go to Facebook, Projectall Shorts Events. There is no registration fee.
If you are a film-lover, reserve a seat via Facebook on the Projectall Shorts event page – because it is an outdoor event, on the big screen, with limited head-sets. Entry is by donation. And they do have wet weather cover!
BYO water, snacks and drinks. Alcohol free event.
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