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The zucchini omelette returns!

Victoria Cosford After a near 12-month absence, brother and sister team Rob and Michelle Costanzo from Nomadic Kitchen are coming...

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Sleepbus service opens in Ballina

Sleepbus, the innovative solution for rough sleepers, has opened in Ballina after relocating from Byron Bay.

Man dies at unpatrolled Yamba beach

A man has died after being swept into surf at Pippi Beach, near Yamba, north of Coffs Harbour.

Housing parasites

Trying to fix the housing crisis in the Byron Shire by building more houses is like trying to put...

Koala chlamydia and Wildlife Hospital funding boost for Northern Rivers

As the pressure mounts from the NSW Labor state government to increase the amount and density of housing, and as a result increase the population, across the Northern Rivers the impact on wildlife will continue to grow. 

More than 80 new Tweed Hospital jobs

The Northern NSW Local Health District is advertising more than 80 full time equivalent roles at the new Tweed Valley Hospital, due to open in mid-May. 


I am about to undergo knee replacement surgery and have been advised by Tweed Hospital that as this is...

$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.


Bypass the supermarket duopoly

With more and more people feeling the pressures of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis and the government launching investigations into supermarket prices, there has never been...

Byron Bay local is 2024 Glover Prize Finalist

Local watercolourist Dave Sparkes has been selected as a finalist in the 2024 John Glover Prize, Australia’s prestigious landscape award.

Time to go? The costly impact of climate change on the housing hip pocket

Jennifer Woods had lived in Wagga Wagga her whole life, a single parent of four children, a social worker and no stranger to what life on a floodplain might throw the way of anyone living there: the town has learnt to cope with floods – 60 have been registered since Federation.

More than 80 new Tweed Hospital jobs

The Northern NSW Local Health District is advertising more than 80 full time equivalent roles at the new Tweed Valley Hospital, due to open in mid-May.