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May 13, 2021

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Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

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Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.
First Fleet copy
Lance Seadon, First Fleet


Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk is presenting nationally recognised winning artists as part of its diverse program of sculpture and workshops in October.

Carla Gottgens is a prize-winning artist from Victoria who recently exhibited at Bondi Sculpture by the Sea and Strand Ephemera, Townsville. Her contemporary installations are a blend of photography and sculpture, and for the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk she will be transforming part of the Brunswick rock wall with a series of images inspired by the small, delicate inhabitants of the sea bed. She says: ‘Everything is affected by what we do on land, and even though each sea creature has a natural lifespan, our non-actions towards environmental signals will increase the slow destruction of the oceanic world’. She is also running a free mandala-making workshop on Saturday 3 October for all ages.

Lance Seadon is a local artist making beautifully crafted bamboo sculptures and installations. For the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk he will be presenting Noah’s Houseboat and Crew – No Roadkill here! This intriguing sculpture is a 12-metre bamboo boat with a crew of 12 figures rendered in plywood; it highlights our fragile stewardship of Australia. His sculptures have received prizes including first prize and the People’s Choice Award in A Bamboo Life held in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Community Garden Living Community Festival and Bio-Char Festival.

These are just two of the artists who are going to be transforming Brunswick Heads as part of the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk 3–5 October. Check http://www.brunswicknaturesculpturewalk.com for more information about the artists, venues and workshops planned.

Annual RED Inc Exhibition at Channon Gallery

The annual RED Inc exhibition at the Channon Gallery on again. The RED Inc artists have produced another spectacular and innovative body of work for this year’s exhibition. Fantastic entertainment at the opening from Brotherhood of the Blues, great food, and an incredible, creative atmosphere.

Check out www.redinc.org.au and Facebook.

Don’t miss it! See you there!

Melodie C, Tribute To Nelson Mandela
Melodie C, Tribute To Nelson Mandela


Melodie C was born in the Belgian Congo. Her exhibition of paintings titled Emotionism pays homage to the people of Africa.

She will also launch her children’s book A Heart for Art on Friday 18 September at 4pm; this will include free entertainment with Shorty Brown the Silly Clown.

18–23 September at Lone Goat Gallery

Opening Friday 18 September from 6pm.

Sacred Art Painting Retreat

Paradise One Eco-retreat in Coorabell is hosting A Sacred Art painting retreat 16–25 October with Vera Atlantia and Kuba Ambrose, teachers from Vienna Academy of Visionary Art as our tutors. All levels of skills from beginners to professional artists are welcome. Come and learn painting as meditation, and the Old Masters’ ‘Mischtecknik’ of painting with oil and egg tempera.

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c.a.s.e. annual postcard show call for entries

2015 Call for entries: Contemporary Art Space and Education (c.a.s.e.) invite you to take the plunge and enter this year’s 9th postcard show: Down by the River. We hope for a flood of ideas about life in the northern rivers and all responses to the theme are welcome whether literal, creative or interpretive.

All media accepted for 2D or 3D postcards, multiple entries encouraged. See our website www.casemullum.wix.com/c-a-s-e-inc for more info and entry forms (also available at Made in Mullum and Art Piece Gallery). Entries close 3 October. Looking forward to seeing your entries soon!

Jewellery Courses

Live your dream and learn how to create your own jewellery or advance your skills to the next level. Award-winning jeweller, Chris Gortz, shares his experience of more than 40 years and brings out the best from absolute beginners to advanced jewellery makers.

All tuitions are strictly one-on-one. Classes run for a week (5 days) and are individually tailored. They can include making your very first piece of jewellery to designing, including CAD, advanced jewellery techniques or gemstone setting. Residential classes are available from October.

For further information, please contact Chris: [email protected],  phone: 6684 5225.

Lismore Regional gallery

Art Magic: Remnant is a community engagement project and exhibition by Hiromi Tango and Lismore’s diverse and talented community. Tango is an acclaimed installation and performance artist who uses textiles to weave together tactile and immersive environments by hand.

Also showing… Auditory Visions is an exhibition combining works by seven Australian printmakers with original interpretive soundscapes responding to the artworks. Artists: GW Bot, Jan Davis, Rona Green, Alexi Keywan, Bruce Latimer, Travis Paterson, Michael Schlitz. Soundscapes by Jay-Dea Lopez. Curated by Jay-Dea Lopez and Rona Green for Lismore Regional Gallery. As the name suggests Trading Place is an interactive art installation that trades objects and artworks from one ‘place’ for another ‘place’. The audience is invited to trade an object that signifies their connection to the place where they live in return for an artwork or object from the Trading Place collection. Artists trading Thursdays 11.30am–12.30pm.

Still Life: Varying Domesticities – This object-based installation by the peripatetic artist Miriam Salomon comprises plastic domestic objects from the late 1960s and early 70s, alongside sand-blasted tins collected from secondhand stores in Lismore.

Jennifer Collins, Lowland Rainforest
Jennifer Collins, Lowland Rainforest

The art of storytelling

Through the creation and presentation of artwork, artists invite you to see the world through their eyes. In the latest exhibition at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), the exhibiting artists wish to share stories on aspects of their life or world around them that are important to them.

The Bundjalung Series by Anthony Short tells us about the artists’ love of native fauna and flora highlighting the precious raw beauty of the Bundjalung region. The works presented in this stunning exhibition are a series of original prints created from beautifully detailed woodcuts made by the artist while out in the environment.

Spain Unpacked by Cassandra-lyn Palmer is a series of mixed-media works on paper inspired by the landscape and Catalonian language in and around Barcelona, created by the artist during a six-week art residency at Can Serrat in Spain.

Cedar-getter’s Daughter by Jennifer Collins tells us of the plight of threatened flora and fauna in the critically endangered ecological community lowland rainforest of subtropical Australia. With our increasingly uneasy relationship with the natural world the Cedar-getter’s Daughter reimagines the past through the eyes of a child living deep within the Big Scrub.

The Sweet As exhibition is a combined collection of artworks created by students from Empire Vale, Wardell, Cabbage Tree Island and Broadwater Public Schools that reflect a sense of place and provide a colourful insight on their perspective of life growing up surrounded by sweeping paddocks of sugarcane.

The exhibition starts on Wednesday 2 September and continues until Sunday 27 September. For further information please call the Gallery  on 6681 6167. www.nrcgballina.com

Workshop in making and using puppets

This workshop is a small group. Lunch is provided on the terrace overlooking the sea. Shelley was trained by Jim Henson of Muppet fame, and will teach you how to manipulate your puppet, give it character, and use it for powerful communication.

There is a variety of latex heads to choose from – animals, children, elders and babies. The puppets have talking mouths and full bodies.

Contact 6680 5895 [email protected]

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now. This time it’s an ecotourism...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.