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Jude White, My Country on Fire (detail), 2023.

Opening tomorrow at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina are four new exhibitions from local artists.

The May show spans painting, sculpture, print and mixed media, with artists repurposing found and organic material, and conveying new perspectives on historical events, figures, objects, and environments.

Caitlin Reilly, Looking towards Broken Head from Tallows, 2023.

Seaside and Roadside Vignettes

In this series of paintings, Caitlin Reilly imbues an expression of love for the Northern Rivers. Local landscapes are painted on reclaimed materials – old tins and red cedar skirting boards – speaking to other histories whilst exploring surface structure.

At the heart of this body of work is the visceral and ephemeral experience of place and being connected to nature.

Ash, Mud & Tears

Jude White and Michelle Walker present a joint exhibition of works capturing the devastation and turmoil of the fires and floods in the Northern Rivers.

Through sculpture, textiles and painting, images of burnt trees, mud-stained homes and impacted landscapes depict the extraordinary events that have shattered a sense of safety and security in those affected.

Sue Davidson, Toward an outward world, 2023.

Red Dirt

Sue Davidson’s choice of red dirt as a painterly medium creates a dialogue between the artist, the viewer, and the land.

Using the same red oxidised soil from her family property in which four generations of her family are buried, this series challenges the concept of colonised land ownership, asking the question: whose land is it after all?

The Story of the Acorn and the Zeitgeist

This exhibition from Kerry Elias Moore celebrates the German artists, activists and gallerists that were part of the Post-War Zeitgeist which rose through the dynamic and charismatic teaching of Joseph Beuys and his students; Jorg Immendorff, Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, Georg Baselitz and many others who ultimately influenced the art world’s dynamics.

Kerry Elias Moore, ‘This is a painting’ Blinky Palermo, 2022.

All four exhibitions open tomorrow and continue until Sunday, 25 June. The official exhibition launch will be held from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Thursday 11 May.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am-4pm and weekends from 9.30am-1.00pm.

For further information, contact NRCG on 02 6681 0530 or visit the website www.nrcgballina.com.au.


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