Niah Juela McLeod @ Ninbella
Ngudjung Ngulla (Mother Tree)
‘This artwork is titled after one of my father’s books Luella and the Ngudjung Ngulla. It’s about a young girl and her relationship with Mother Tree and her sense of belonging and connection – which has been a very big journey for me and my artwork and my path in becoming an artist’ – Niah Juella Mcleod
Contemporary award-winning Aboriginal artist Niah Juella Mcleod is descendant from the Monero, Wandandian and Yuin people from south eastern Australia. As the daughter of artist Kathrin Sharp and Aboriginal activist, poet, healer, musician and Yuin Elder Bobby Mcleod, Niah’s works tell of stories passed down and unique to her history.
Niah moved to Bangalow, where she currently resides, when she was a very young girl and attended both Bangalow Primary and Byron High School.
A fine dot artist, first exhibiting her works in public in 2015, Niah began painting as a form of meditation, to relieve anxiousness. This meditative process and exploraton of her spiritual and physical connection with place and people is evident in her art.
19a Byron Street, Bangalow
Atelier by Dominique Sutton
Dominique Sutton is a multi-disciplined artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and has extensive teaching experience, lecturing for universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country. She currently runs Atelier by Dominique Sutton, studio based mentoring classes, workshops and retreats for artists.
Her 2020 program includes weekly classes, two-day workshops and artist mentoring by private arrangement. Learn sculpture/plein air landscape/portrait (Tuesdays 10-1), painting for beginners (Thursdays 10-1) or intermediate level painting (Fridays 10-1). See website for full details of all classes, workshops and retreats.
The Atelier Studio, 7 Gumtree Place, Bangalow
0409 573 800
Van Gogh & Japan – Exhibition on Screen
Presented by Byron Theatre on Sunday 22 December, the film Van Gogh & Japan is based on the exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan, Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and had a profound influence on him and his art. Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction, and in this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art it is evident just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels to France and the Netherlands and also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.
Sunday, 22 December at 3pm.
Billinudgel Picture Framing
Hurry in to take advantage of their massive Pre-Christmas Custom Framing Sale, ending 13 December! All other gallery items will be on sale till 20 December, when they close for Christmas. Drop in for a coffee, bring your art and get started on a custom designed frame. Last week to place orders that will get back in time to put under the tree!
7/1 Wilfred Street, Billinudgel
Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective
‘By Hammer and Hand all arts do stand’ was a sixteenth-century Blacksmiths’ Guild motto.
Hammer and Hand Jewellery and Metal Collective is a jewellery studio/workshop/gallery established in 1995 in Hobart, and in 2008 in the Arts and Industry Estate, Byron Bay.
As a collective, the current 11 members share the running of the gallery and workshop. Customers can meet a different member each day of the week and browse work by all the members while watching the artists at work. Everything in the gallery is carefully handmade by one of the 11 artists – no mass-producing, no off-shore finishing.
Being in a collective enables emerging artists to gain knowledge of the creative industry and of creative techniques from the more established members. The gallery and workshop are open seven days a week 10am–4pm. Off-street parking available.
4 Ti-Tree Place, Byron Bay
Taste an Art Class or Two at Byron School of Art This Summer
Summer taster sessions are back at bsa in January and February.
Joining a 3-hour taster session is a great way to experience a taste of studio time at Byron School of Art and get to know the different teachers and the classes they’ll be offering in 2020.
$65 ($50 each for 3 or more).
Gift certificates available until 20 December.
Journaling – your Key for Successful Writing
Byron Writers Festival invites you to step through the doorway of journaling and find your own clear voice with this immersive half-day workshop on Saturday 1 February with Vicki Bennett.
Journaling can offer a safe way to get to know yourself more deeply, uncover layers of thinking and feeling, and aid deeper access to insights, clarity and strength.
The workshop is for writers of all levels and genres as well as those interested in using journaling as a creative tool.
To book your place or to see more workshops on offer over summer. byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on