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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Other News

Kashmir Miller: ‘the Green wave will expand’

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Beehives lost during floods: DPI

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North Coast Festival of Flavour

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Artist in Focus:

Sabine Brosche

Sabine Brosche
Sabine Brosche

Sabine Brosche is a nature lover and artist with a passion for reclaimed materials and found objects.

She creates new work by reusing and recycling materials such as discarded paper, old books, packaging and cardboard – demonstrating her interest in recycling and making something from ‘almost nothing’.

She has been part of four group exhibitions this year and the current show ‘Chandeliers & Other Ocean Ornaments’ at Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby is inspired by the ocean and its mysteries.

‘The Byron Shire has such a diverse and rich variety of artists, and so much opportunity for collaboration, networking and inspiring each other. I just love that.’


Study Visual Arts in 2018

Byron Community College offers the nationally accredited Certificate III and IV in Visual Arts in 2018.  Held at the College’s Mullumbimby campus, the courses guide students to explore and develop their artistic abilities through a combination of theoretic and practical learning. Head tutor Virginia Reid is supported by guest tutors such as Maria Fernando Cardoza and Hany Armanious.

Courses are Austudy approved and with a high standard of student support, the college is able to accommodate a variety of specialised learning needs.

Come along and check out the 2017 end of year exhibition on Friday December 1st from 5pm – 7pm in the Laneway studio, Riley Lane, Mullumbimby.

Enrolments are now open with great early Bird fee reductions available until December 20th.

Head to www.byroncollege.org.au for information or call 6684 3374.

Lone Goat Gallery Call for Applications 2018

Lone Goat Gallery invites exhibition proposals from artists, designers, curators, community and cultural groups for their 2018 Calendar. The gallery welcomes applications that display innovative ideas and approaches to contemporary arts practice.

The gallery program features exhibitions of four-week duration.

Applications close 31 January 2018. 

Head to www.lonegoatgallery.com for more details. 

Opening Friday 10 November is GOAT SHOW, featuring 19 artists who have exhibited at Lone Goat over the past 12 months, or will be in coming months.

GOAT SHOW will be a celebration of the diversity of artists and community that Lone Goat is proud to be a part of, and runs from 10–29 November.

All welcome at the opening on Friday 10 November, 6–8pm.


BSA Afternoon Art Club & Project Space Exhibitions

Afternoon Art Club has begun at BSA but there are still places available for teens (13–15 years) interested in developing their arts practice. To see what BSA long course students have been working on don’t miss the third-year group exhibition, Front Up, which opens 17 November and NINE, featuring the work of second-year BSA students, opening 1 December.


Helen Garner Celebrates 50 years of Writing in Byron Bay

Byron Writers Festival is delighted to present a special evening with one of Australia’s greatest writers and long-time Festival favourite, Helen Garner, appearing in conversation with Matthew Condon at Byron Theatre on Wednesday 6 December.

In her first appearance in Byron Bay since 2004, this much-loved literary star will share an intimate retrospective of her writing life, spanning 50 years of work – from her Australian classic Monkey Grip, to the brilliant literary true crime book This House of Grief.

To coincide with the event, Garner will be marking her 75th birthday with the release of two stunning hardback editions of her recent collected works, True Stories and Stories.

Be sure to get in quick and secure your seats for this momentous occasion. Tickets on sale at byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on or call 6685 5115. 

‘Visionary Alchemy’ Visionary Art Painting Retreat

December 1–10 2017, Paradise One Retreat, Coorabell
10-day studio practice in oil and Mischtechnik painting.

Aloria Weaver and David Heskin have taught hundreds of students in Colorado, the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art and Cosm NY.

Beginners and advanced students welcome.

Accommodation and beautiful organic meals are provided.

[email protected]

Visit Creative Artisans Gallery in Ballina and Be Amazed!

Searching for something different and unique to adorn your home or yourself?

Looking for a gift for someone you love?

Look no further than our two shops in the Wigmore Arcade in Ballina where we showcase the creations and artwork for over 60 local artists and artisans.

We have artwork in different sizes and mediums, handmade and designed: jewellery, silk items, wooden and porcelain pieces.

Shop 1 Wigmore Arcade, 145 River St, Ballina NSW
Facebook: Creative artisans gallery

0435 941 591 

Potters of Mafeking Road Annual Open Studio and Pre-Christmas Sale

The verdant rainforest in the far west of the Shire, Mafeking Road, is a site not only of wondrous vegetation and wildlife but also home to two of the Shire’s most notable potters: Anna-Marie Wallace and Suvira McDonald.  As clay wizards, both use eccentric firing methods and produce unique and original work including oodles of homewares, garden sculpture and wall-mounted art works.

This coming weekend they are both opening their studios for their annual pre-Christmas sale. Some people may have already made a visit during the August Mud Trail, this time it is just the two who have recently fired up a storm of new work ready for wrapping as yuletide gifts.

The studios are open 10am–4pm both days.
230 & 300 Mafeking Rd, Goonengary

Byron Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church is Hosting a Free Concert on Saturday 11th

This Saturday, award-winning Christian artist Melissa Otto. will share her unique musical talents, and her songs and stories are guaranteed to inspire and uplift you.

Melissa is a warm, easygoing mum of two who has a long history of performing and recording. Growing up performing and touring with her family, she released her first EP at the age of 20, before going on to release three full albums (Opened, Blue Sky and The Journey Home). Her organic and refreshing style earned her the award for best Christian artist at the Music Oz Awards in 2010. She has travelled extensively with her music, including tours to USA, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and most recently Brazil.

Her music has captured listeners around the world with her beautiful melodies, deeply personal lyrics and soothing voice. She is passionate about using the gift of music she has

been given to bring people hope and comfort in God’s character. This talented singer-songwriter is currently touring New South Wales on a Songs of Ascent concert tour. The Byron Bay concert will be just over an hour long, and refreshments will be offered afterwards.

Date: 11 November 2017 • Time: 7 – 8pm
Address: 97 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Gekko Arthouse 

You will find international artist Sharon Tudor Smith’s artwork hanging on the walls of both her shops in Ballina.

Gekko Arthouse (Fashion|Art |Homewares) is located at 18–20 Cherry St, and also at Shop 44 Ballina Fair Shopping Centre.

Sharon is often found in her studio in Knockrow throwing paint and making marks on large canvases, sometimes for specifically commissioned artworks and sometimes just creating another fantastic piece.

Visit Sharon on Facebook or Instagram ‘Art by Sharon Tudor Smith’ or the website at www.gekkoarthouse.com.au. 

Attention Artists, Creatives and Craft People of This Wonderful Shire

Let it be known that as of today, Still @ The Centre, Byron Bay’s uniquely beautiful art store has opened a smaller version of itself — but ever so cute and carrying all our/your favorite art materials brands — in Mullumbimby! Conveniently located at The Depot, between the roundabout and Woolies (Lot 1 on Station Street), you will be able to park just in front of our little black door and pick up your supplies on the way to your art class or even enjoy one of our art materials demos in our wonderful workshop space.

Opening hours at The Depot: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am till 5pm / Saturday 9.30am till 12pm.
For more information: www.the-centre.com.au


Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.