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Tripling water harvesting will leave local communities dry

The NSW government was looking to do catchment by catchment analysis to determine the risk to local water supply and rivers from the new rules on water harvesting rights.

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jaypearse_art_2Jay Pearse studied full time at East Sydney Tech for three years over 1983–85, graduating with Honours and continuing to study at every opportunity – in New York, Florence Italy, and locally.

The artist has exhibited consistently taking part in many group shows both here and overseas. Many solo exhibitions have been held in Sydney, in Byron Bay, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery and Lismore Regional Gallery. In 2008 Jay held three solo exhibitions running concurrently in The Lismore Regional Gallery, the Waywood Gallery and the Winsome Gallery.

Jay was artist in residence at Portland Bay Press in Portland Victoria for three weeks. As well as creating and exhibiting work there, Jay ran two workshops in solar etching.

The artist has won awards over the years including one judged by Lloyd Rees and most recently a prestigious painting prize at the Byron Arts Classic in 2010.

The following year, 2011, Jay was invited to exhibit work at the Florence Biennale, Italy, at the Fortezza da Basso among 600 artists from 70 different countries. As a result of this exposure the artist was invited to exhibit in New York in 2014.

Jay was for many years on the board of directors of the Waverley Woollahra Art School in Sydney and served on the NSW State Management Committee of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) in the mid-nineties. Jay is the founding president of the Practising Artists Network (PAN) in the Byron Shire and is at present voluntary chair/president of the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay.

Jay’s work is inspired by landscape, is a meditation on the visual, mediated by her personal life experiences and thoughts. Themes of reflection, presence, absence and transience dominate her work both literally in the visual images and metaphorically in terms of major occurrences in her life.

An added dimension to her work is the repeated reference to the fragility and threatened status of the environment as we know it.

An Afternoon of Artful Actions

Presented by Lismore Regional Gallery, NORPA and Northern Rivers Conservatorium, on 9 August 1–7pm at Lismore City Hall, this will be a free day of art, conversation, music and stories reflecting on the relationship of art, activism, and living according to one’s beliefs. A panel of artists and writers discuss the power of art to create political and social change. Panel: Deborah Kelly, David Williams, Leonie Lane and S Sorrensen. During intermission, Northern Rivers Conservatorium Youth Jazz Orchestra play adaptations of songs that challenge how things stand, both politically and personally.

Dreamer is NORPA’s new theatre work starting with Julian Louis asking four prolific local writers – Jim Hearn, Melissa Lucashenko, Mandy Nolan and S Sorrensen – to create short stories about a dreamer. These stories will form part of the research and development for the new theatre work. Artful actions exhibition at Lismore City Hall stems from Lismore Regional Gallery’s current exhibition, Protest Songs: Artful Actions. This ancillary project will feature works from Benny Zable and David Lowe, Aris Prabawa, Peter Gentur, Redback Graphix posters from the 1980s and Tim Hixson works from Lismore Regional Gallery’s permanent collection, originally commissioned for the 2013 exhibition, Not Quite Square: the story of northern rivers architecture.

Looking for time and space to develop your work?

Visual artists and arts professionals are invited to apply to rent the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah. The self-contained studio overlooks the inspiring surrounds that the Gallery is famous for and is offered at a subsidised rate of $230 per week. The facility offers artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice in idyllic surrounds without the pressures of their usual living/studio environment. Applications are currently being accepted for residencies occurring August 2014 to January 2015 inclusive.

For further information and for an application form visit the Artist In Residence webpage, or contact Ingrid Hedgcock, curator Margaret Olley Art Centre & collections manager on 6670 2268 or [email protected]

Ocean Shores Art Expo

It’s where you’re always welcome, expected, protecting and protected – if you’re lucky. The 2014 Ocean Shores Art Expo theme, Home, is open to interpretation, and may invite social commentary. Total prize money this year, across eight categories, is $6,000 after a generous $1,000 contribution from Essential Energy. The closing date for all entries is 3 August. For entry forms and further details visit www.osartexpo.com.

Detail from etched mirror entry, 2013 OSAE. Photograph courtesy A Zylstra. 


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