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May 14, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

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‘Natural’ cruelty

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Cringe worthy PM

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NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

Lismore Regional Gallery

The Archibald Prize has continued to be one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards and never fails to draw interest, attention and debate. This year, 54 finalists were shortlisted by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 884 entries. Satellite venue, Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay Library building, also house some of the works, including the Packers Choice. An Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition toured by museums and galleries of NSW touring regionally, at Lismore Regional Gallery until 12 April.

Upcoming exhibitions 18 April – 23 May 2015:

Dear Bodhi: Judy Cassab. Cassab has an enduring relationship with the northern rivers, primarily through her son John Seed, grandson Bodhi, and Bodhi Farm. The exhibition traces memories of family and landscape by this renowned Australian artist. It includes illustrated letters to Bodhi, written in the 80s, portraits of the family, and paintings Cassab made around the northern rivers, at The Channon, Bald Rock and Byron Bay.

Cosmology in Me: Michael Philp. Born in 1966 in Tweed Heads, Michael Philp is a Minjungbal man, a tribe of the Bundjalung nation. His father was a white fisherman and his mother was a Murri woman. Philp’s lyrical, poignant works are about experiences that have affected him and this exhibition brings together two bodies of work from different periods of his life.

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre

Friday 17 April – Sunday 14 June

The world is not a foreign land

An Ian Potter Museum of Arts and NETS Victoria touring exhibition curated by Quentin Sprague

This exhibition presents work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Crossing three geographical and culturally distinct regions – the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley and northeastern Arnhem Land – each artist presents a strikingly different perspective on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art. Seen together, their work also reveals a series of productive and meaningful relationships: a network of connections that ask audiences to consider how certain objects and practices might relate beyond the confines of existing categories.

Phone 6670 2790, artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Ngarra Katcha 2006 Synthetic polymer paint on paper 50 x 70 cm © Collection of Ngarra Estate, courtesy Mossenson Galleries, Perth


LOUD in the Gallery at NRCG

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents LOUD in the Gallery! A dynamic exhibition celebrating National Youth Week, with final-year works from Alstonville High, Ballina High, Southern Cross School K–12, Xavier Catholic College and Emmanuel Anglican College. These HSC works explore a range of subject matters including identity, social issues and spiritual connections. A must-see event in NRCG’s and the region’s annual arts calendar. Exhibition runs until Sunday 26 April.

The May showcase provides visitors with a special opportunity to view an international award-winning audiovisual work by Grayson Cooke. The work titled AgX is an art-science project about memory and forgetting; it features time-lapse macro-photography of photographic negatives being chemically destroyed.

NRCG Ballina, phone 6681 6167. ballina.nsw.gov.au/nrcg.

Byron School of Art 

Byron School of Art has a great range of upcoming short courses and workshops on offer in printmaking, sculpture, encaustic, painting and drawing.

Artist Dominique Sutton will be teaching an evening class in April on drawing to sculpture – looking at innovative approaches to ideas using a wide variety of materials, so contact BSA to ensure a place.

The Project Space can be hired for group and solo exhibitions among other creative projects.

Visit the BSA website for all the details and subscribe online to receive newsletters about future events -  byronschoolofart.com.

Creative Mullumbimby

Having public art in the Mullum townscape is getting closer. Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk, a project backed by Mullum Chamber of Commerce and Byron Shire Council, is making another step towards realisation with a pledge from Creative Partnerships Australia for $10,000 – if the same amount is raised by crowdfunding first. Your $20 or $50 is needed now; make a donation (it’s tax deductible). See mullumsculpturewalk.com.au.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


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