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Young people creating art in holiday workshop. Photo supplied.

Holiday break workshops for young people, temporary public art and cultural landscaping are some of the arty attractions coming to Lismore and beyond in the near future.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) is partnering with Lismore Regional Gallery to run a free, inclusive, art making workshop for young people at Elevator ARI Gallery and The Quad in Lismore’s CBD, across three days from Wednesday 28 September to Friday 30 September.

Whether you love to sketch, take snaps on your phone, or cut-and-paste poetry, Lismore Regional Gallery says people aged 14-18 are welcome to come along to expand their creative processes, build skills, and find new forms of self expression.

Participants will meet and work alongside practicing artists, unpack contemporary art, and play with the mediums and methods used in the gallery’s programs. All materials are provided, with morning tea and a celebration of the resulting work to be provided for friends and family on the final day.

Young people can download an application form to apply for the workshop here, and email: [email protected] The event will be wheelchair accessible.

Small Gestures Towards Infinity

Applications tomorrow for SITE LAB // Small Gestures Towards Infinity. Lismore Regional Gallery says this is a commissioning project, encouraging both local and national artists to reimagine, disrupt, transform and engage in public space.

SITE LAB will be making small gestures towards infinity. Photo supplied LRG.

A pilot collaboration between Arts Northern Rivers and the gallery, SITE LAB is a series of temporary art projects to be presented in public locations across Lismore CBD and the wider Northern Rivers region.

SITE LAB says it invites continuous dialogue in the public arena via experimental and site-specific responses to our regional, post-flood landscape.

With the Northern Rivers historically enduring adversity with natural disasters at catastrophic levels, Lismore Regional Gallery says SITE LAB will provide temporary spaces for community connection and critical discourse, positioning contemporary art practice at the forefront of the region’s recovery.

Two commissioning streams are offered to support the development of new work to be presented in 2023. You can find more information on the project here and download the project brief here.

Clarence Slockee will be talking about cultural landscaping. Photo supplied.

Cultural landscaping

Lismore Regional Gallery’s Engage program presents a talk on cultural landscaping with Clarence Slockee at the Lismore Quadrangle this Friday, 30 September at 11am.

Clarence is a Cudgenburra/Bundjalung Aboriginal man with a long family history of bushmen, farmers and fishermen growing up in the lush Tweed Valley.

On Friday he will discuss cultural landscaping through a passion for native flora and the importance of biodiversity for healthy and sustainable ecosystems.

Clarence’s experience covers a decade presenting on Gardening Australia, working at The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Barangaroo in Sydney, South Eveleigh Native Rooftop Farm and most recently as Director of the Indigenous company Jiwah, creating urban green spaces to improve urban ecologies, biodiversity and feature native edible and medicinal plants.

Focusing on plants at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Andrew Rewald’s exhibition Plant Treaty creates the backdrop for this exciting talk.

It follows on from a previous talk with Arakwal/Bundjalung woman and plant knowledge holder Aunty Delta Kay on local indigenous foodways, and Andrew Rewald on the environmental, historical and cultural significance of both native and introduced plants in eco-reparation, agriculture, foraging and fermentation practices. More information here.

Art Byron

Running from 30 September to 3 October, Art Byron is an inaugural contemporary art gathering. This year it is curated by Wiradjuri artist and Lismore resident, Karla Dickens.

The 2022 gathering will explore multidisciplinary artforms, bringing together local and internationally acclaimed artists to celebrate creativity, culture and diversity.

Art Byron launches on Thursday 29 September at the Byron School of Art, and all are welcome. Join Lismore Regional Gallery Director Ashleigh Ralph and Curator Kezia Geddes at Art Byron for a series of artist talks including with Andrew Rewald, Clare Milledge, 2022 Archibald winner Blak Douglas and Polly Borland.

You can view the program and book tickets here.

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