Ignite Studios

Gallery in Focus: Northern Rivers Community Gallery

A Shared Space for Creatives

Ignite Studios @ NRCG is an extension of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), a community-engaged cultural hub in the northern rivers region.

Located in the heart of the Ballina CBD, adjacent to the NRCG and housed in the historic former Ballina Fire Station, Ignite Studios provides a dynamic shared access space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits. Facilities include creative studios, a visiting artist-in-residence (AiR) studio and access spaces for workshops, creative events, pop-up exhibitions, meetings and special projects.

The Studio program is designed to encourage co-working and an open platform for professional development and support makers and creative professionals working across various creative disciplines that could include, but is not limited to artists, designers, architects, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators.

Currently, there is one studio space available on a subsidised lease, available from now until February 2019, with an option to renew and creative practitioners from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Further information and applications are available via the Gallery website or call 02 6681 6167.

Life Story Writing with Graham Gibson

This is an interactive workshop in creative non-fiction geared towards both new and practised writers of memoir, family history, personal essay, travel diary and feature writing. How do you turn fact into a compelling story? And what do writers, teachers and publishers mean when they say Show, Don’t Tell? The workshop will explore finding your voice as a writer, limitations on getting started, the importance of sensory language, as well as self-editing and drawing on the left and right sides of the brain when necessary.

Workshop Details

When: Saturday 3 November 10am–1pm

Where: Byron Writers Festival officet

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Ingenuity in Mullum

In November Mullumbimby Music Festival and the inaugural sculpture festival Ingenuity join forces to celebrate the talent and thriving arts culture of the Byron Shire.

‘Ingenuity is about community, about grassroots artists from the Byron Shire showcasing their work. It ensures our emerging artists get exposure’ – Suvira, Sculpture Fest director.

Ingenuity will see around 20 temporary sculptures on display in Palm Park / Brunswick Terrace in Mullumbimby.

Last week Creative Mullum received $5,000 from the minister for Tourism, through Ben Franklin, to support the festival. In order to meet all expenses, the organisers will be launching a fundraiser soon to top up the coffers.

Rachel Ayland is an experienced shoemaker and leather worker

A Shoe Maker Who Fits

Rachel Ayland is an experienced shoemaker and leather worker who takes on commissions for a wide range of products as well as repairs and restorations. Rachel welcomes visitors to her workshop to look at her display and ask questions (advisable to text first to see if she is around: 0403 721 840) and  also has products for sale at Queen Mab’s store in the Main Street of Bangalow.  She also offers classes in shoemaking and bag making.

Check out her website and Facebook page for more information.

HSC Visual Art Intensive Workshops. Credit: Michelle Eabry

Save the Dates

If you’ve been thinking about expanding your art practice, applications for the 2019 year-long courses are open! The upcoming BSA Open Day, Sunday 14 October, is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, see the school and have your questions answered. For year 12 students preparing for their major HSC visual art works there are intensive workshops in 2D and 3D with artists Emma Walker, Michael Cusack, Kat Shapiro Wood and Christine Willcocks. Covering traditional, technical and experimental processes along with contemporary ideas and critical thinking, these workshops run 27 and 28 October.

Sweetness Skulls and Light

Sometime ago a wise woman once asked me if I would be satisfied with an ordinary life?. My answer was definitive and true. Absolutely not. Another wise woman once told me to ‘take heed of what you wish for, because universal forces are not constrained by themes of right and wrong and good and bad, they simply are’. I always wanted to be an ‘artist’.  Although, I didn’t want to suffer a complete mind-, body-and spirit-bending catastrophe to do it. Well too bad. Life is the stuff that happens when you are planning something else. So now I am an ‘artist’.  And I have proof. A third wise woman said to me recently, ‘You know you were always an artist, right?’

The Mount Warning Series is exhibited at Sweetness Skulls and Light in the Cavanbah Arcade, 4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay and also online at

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