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Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Other News

COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

$10K raised for public sculpture in Mullumbimby

creative-mullumbimbyOn Tuesday 26 May Creative Mullumbimby completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to begin the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. The campaign raised $10,941 and will be matched by a further $10,000 by Creative Partnerships Australia.

Eighty-four people made contributions online and hundreds of others made donation-box contributions around town and at the markets.

Creative Mullumbimby would like to particularly thank the local community organisations such as Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, CLIC, Tallowood Estate and 2Die4 Foods, whose large donations made the fundraiser a success. Special thanks go to Santos Organics, whose $1K helped get the campaign over the line with another $1K from Leela Plantations.

According to local artist Suvira McDonald, ‘The most exciting news is that we can now build the Enter Here sculpture. We are actively looking for hardwood poles and a place to build it. We can also start planning for the future projects along the sculpture walk.’

See mullumsculpturewalk.com.au

Tweed Regional Gallery

Monica Rohan, In the Detail.
Tweed Regional Gallery & MOAC.
Friday 5 June – Sunday 4 October.

Brisbane-based artist Monica Rohan developed the body of work for this exhibition during her residency in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio during November 2014.

Working in watercolour on paper and oil on board Rohan explores issues of subjectivity by portraying herself in a struggle against overwhelming surroundings.

During the painting process Rohan investigates her immediate surroundings, viewing and portraying them in relation to the central figure.

The resulting work often sees the figure diminished or warped by scale, dissolving boundaries between physical and cognitive realities.

Beautifully painted and exquisitely crafted, these works are both delicate and daunting.


Knoll, Monica Rohan, 2013 Oil on board 61x45cm

Dynamic Drawing Art Event at Kulchajam 4 & 5 July

Dynamic Drawing, Byron Bay’s most popular and longest-established drawing forum/class, is staging a unique art event at Kulchajam on the weekend of 4 & 5 July, including an art exhibition representing a diverse range of participants profiling a radical panorama of narratives and drawing styles, a Q&A-style forum about Dynamic Drawing on Saturday plus a drawing workshop on Sunday. Everyone is invited to Kulchajam to witness a really great event on that weekend... to both participate and taste the resonance.

More info at www.dynamicdrawing.com.au.

Explore creative worlds this month at NRCG in Ballina

This month at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), visitors are invited to experience intimate worlds created by a diverse group of artists in two stunning exhibitions; Of Place, a group exhibition by local artists René Bolten, Claudie Frock, Jennifer Lowrey, Jeremy Austin and Heather Jessup; and Unseen, a solo exhibition by photographer, Rachael Windress.

Of Place delves into five local artists’ ideas, memories, emotions and experiences which surround their sense of place and how those affects their lives and art making. Each of the artists offers a unique interpretation of the Of Place theme, presented in a variety of formats.

In the solo exhibition fittingly titled Unseen, Rachael Windress presents a series of abstract photographs and an interactive installation which aim to promote thought and understanding of what life is like for those with hidden or ‘unseen’ disabilities.

A series of exciting artist-led workshops coincide with the Of Place exhibition. On Saturday 13 June, winner of the 2013 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, René Bolten, will facilitate a workshop drawing on the infinite possibilities of ‘where you are’ using a range of techniques and drawing materials. Then on Sunday 21 June the kooky Herman and Hetty Houndstooth will play delightful performative art games in the Drawing Room for kids of all ages! For bookings or further information call the Gallery on 6681 6167.

Exhibitions run until Sunday 21 June 2015 at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), Ballina.


Mr Gerbick, Jeremy Austin, 2015
Mr Gerbick, Jeremy Austin, 2015
Ghost Trees, Claudie Frock, 2015
Ghost Trees, Claudie Frock, 2015

OSAE – Wild Things

It’s time again for the Ocean Shores Art Expo and this year’s theme is Wild Things.

The expo committee is welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds to try their hand and show their creative side by capturing something wild in an artform.

It’s a chance to express your wild side and to unleash the wild thing within.

The expo has six art categories, including Water Colour and Gouche, Printmaking, Drawing and Pastels, Oil and Acrylic, Mixed Media, Sculpture and Photographic and Digital Art, with prizes in each to the value of $700.

It runs from Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August.

Answer the call of the wild and visit the Ocean Shores Art Expo website on www.osartexpo.com for more details on how to enter.

To sponsor the event, contact Clency Bernard on 0432 374 662.

Winter Tasters with BSA

Fire up your creative juices at BSA this winter with a warm and toasty melting pot of taster classes on offer in Bangalow in July.

Portraiture, Abstraction, Life Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking and more will be explored in short, but very sweet, sessions with a host of experienced and talented art teachers.


IncREDible Art Exhibition

The IncREDible Art Exhibition opening at Lone Goat Gallery featuring works from our Byron Bay artists, with ceramics, paintings and also a multimedia. This exhibition gives stunning insights into the lives, interest and experiences of our local contemporary artists with a disability. Their vision and abilities are expressed beautifully in this range of works. Vibrant, expressive, reflecting their passion.

Exhibiting 12–23 June, Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay. www.redinc.org.au

Free School Holiday Event!

‘Arty Party’ presented by 100 Wonder Place, Thursday 2 July, 10.30am- 2.30pm, Spinks Park (Lismore Regional Gallery). A family friendly day of playful artmaking with Greg Sheehan, Roundabout Theatre, ‘The Cassettes’ founder Marissa Treichel, The Houndstooths and much much more!

Rodney Glick is an Australian artist currently living and working across Indonesia whose sculptures combine real, spiritual and imagined realms. Glick’s practice is intriguing on many levels – from his ingenuity with material, rigorous exploration of subject matter, intelligence and wicked sense of humour. 

Direction Now is an exhibition celebrating artists using elements of abstraction such as the lyrical, gesture, texture and colour field to convey an individual expression.


ScoMo does it again

ScoMo recently travelled from the ACT to Sydney, not something to be recommended at the moment. What is an essential worker? Surely someone paying 50...

Teacher survey

The Echo’s survey of local teachers regarding vaccination was as illuminating as it was disappointing. One respondent popped their head out the rabbit hole...

10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.