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April 19, 2024

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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

Other News

Mass tree-planting planned for Bruns River in Mullum

More than five thousand native plants are to be planted along Brunswick River banks in Mullumbimby.

Woodburn: ute hits, kills pedestrian

A 30-year-old woman walking in Woodburn died on Sunday morning when a teenager driving a ute crashed into her, police said.

Transgender rights

Mandy Nolan might be surprised to discover how many women of all political persuasions, feminists or not, are alarmed...

Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

Bangalow Chamber Music Festival relocates to Qld 

After two decades, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival organisers have announced they will be moving the event to Mount Tamborine, Qld, after ‘increased costs and lower than average ticket sales’.

All those macas and the Festival of Love

This season’s organic nuts have not been harvested so it is a harvest festival where festivalgoers can pick five kilos free as part of their festival entrance fee which is payable in the new paper money being launched at the Off-Grid Macadamia Festival of Love, to be held at Macas Camping Ground where The Elders of Gaia will be discussing how to get back the many freedoms recently lost and get sanity into local, national and global management.

The Arts – April 2024

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries 

In The Arts Feature April 2024

Amanda Bragg , Bangalow Street Race

The Nimbin Art Fair

The Nimbin Art Fair supports local creatives. Buy local, keep our Art Industry alive.
Join us at the Nimbin Artists Gallery from 30 March to 21 April for the Nimbin Art Fair, supporting local talent and the vibrant arts scene of Nimbin and its surrounds.
Experience the full spectrum of creative expression from this diverse arts community.
Northern NSW is renowned as Australia’s hub for arts and festivals, encompassing music, food, performance, and of course, the arts. This annual fair plays a vital role in supporting local artists, contributing to the cultural richness of our region.
When you buy art at the fair, you’re directly supporting the artists. Proceeds from sales primarily go to the creators, with a small portion retained by Nimbin Artists Gallery to further support the local community. From annual grants to Nimbin Central School, to backing local art initiatives, your contribution stays within our community.
Discover works from established local talents including Donna Sharam, Leigh Arnold, Pauline Ahern and Amanda Bragg, and emerging artists such as Jenni Rogers. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a first-time buyer, there’s something for everyone to love.
Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of local art. Let’s celebrate creativity and keep our art community thriving!

Opening hours 10am to 5pm daily
49 Cullen St, Nimbin

Murwillumbah Arts Trail

Murwillumbah Arts Trail

Weaving in and around Murwillumbah on 11 & 12 May, the Murwillumbah Arts Trail showcases artists from across the region, offering the community a chance to see them at work, participate in art activities and purchase unique works direct from the artists.
The Northern Rivers Rail Trail will be involved with an outdoor sculpture exhibition. A collection of artists will be exhibiting at the stunning Belle Riverhouse. The M|Arts Precinct will host a colourful soiree, while the Citadel will echo with powerful words of slam poetry on Saturday night.
Uncover hidden gems of the region! Meet talented artists, immerse yourself in creative workshops, and explore the charming villages nestled in the valleys around Wollumbin. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience our region’s rich culture and creativity!


2022 WAA winner Amber Wallis receives flowers from then Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM, after the official announcement from guest judge Alison Kubler. Photo: Jaka Adamic.

Gallery’s major art award returns

Entries are now open for the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s biennial $30,000 Wollumbin Art Award (WAA).
The award is open to artists living in the areas of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim Shires, Lismore, Gold Coast City and the Richmond Valley.
Artists can submit entries of any subject matter and medium. Award categories include a first prize of $15,000 and 2-week residency in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio; a $10,000 WAA Bundjalung Award for First Nations artists and a solo exhibition in the Gallery, and a $5,000 Emerging Artist Award.
Artists aged 5–18 years can enter the Wollumbin Youth Art Award.
Entries open 25 March and close 5pm, Monday, 3 June. WAA is $35 per entry. Youth award entries are free.

For more information,
visit gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/prizes-awards
2 Mistral Road (corner Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah South
02 6670 2790

Tales of hope and survival

Join Sean Turnell, author of An Unlikely Prisoner, and Ma Thida, activist and author of A-Maze, for an intimate conversation with Mick O’Regan about their time in Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison.
Sean Turnell spent almost two years captive, accused of being a spy. Ma Thida was also incarcerated there, denied medical treatment and came very close to dying. In the face of such trauma, how did they survive? And what hope do they hold for the return of democracy?

5.30-8pm, Thursday, 30 May
Mullumbimby Civic Hall
$30 members /$35 general + booking fees
Visit byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on to book your tickets

Treeskin 1 by Solveig

Art in the heart of Mullumbimby

Art lovers need look no further than the Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre, home to the H’Art Gallery. Featuring more than 30 artworks by 10 local artists, the gallery is an absolute must-see.
Graphic impressionist Solveig curates the two-floor gallery and rotates the exhibition every six months. The space provides local artists a platform for an extended period to display and sell their work.
Visitors to the health centre are greeted by the art, which provides a distracting escape from stress and concern while creating a vibrant, healing atmosphere.
Conveniently located on Stuart Street, the H’Art Gallery is art in the heart of Mullumbimby.

Enquire at [email protected]

Rosie Gordon, The Dance

Art Kind

All Welcome at the opening of ‘Portals’
Local Byron Bay artist Rosie Gordon is cultivating optimism and reconnection with her new exhibition ‘Portals’ opening this Friday, 5 April at Art Kind Gallery. Meet the artist, browse the exhibition and enjoy complimentary refreshments. This is a family friendly event and a community art table will be set up for opening night visitors who want to get creative!

Doors open at 5pm on Friday, 5 April
3/18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay

The Doyles Art Award

Aspiring artists can try their luck at winning the prestigious Doyles Art Award. Entries have opened for the 2024 Award and the first prize is a massive $20,000 cash! The Doyles is one of Australia’s best known representational fine art awards, named after famous artist d’Arcy Doyle. The exhibition, featuring over 300 artworks, is held in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast in the winter school holidays (June 27–July 7). Categories include landscape, figurative, still life and juniors.

Visit thedoylesaward.com.au for details and entry form



Contemporary art gallery and studio providing
engaging exhibitions, art classes and workshops
3/18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Open Wed-Sat 10am-2pm
0404 946 553

Belongil Beach
Open by appointment
0409 604 405

2/22 Brigantine St
Arts & Industrial Estate
Byron Bay
0431 331 205

79 Bayview Drive, East Ballina
Welcome by appointment
Artist/sculptor David Harrison
0412 664 284

Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
Open Wed–Fri 9am–
3pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–1pm
02 6681 0530

painting | photography | woodwork | ceramics | jewellery | classes | workshops
2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head
Open Tues–Sun 10am–3pm
[email protected]
FB & Insta: @lennoxartscollective

28 Lawson St, Byron Bay
(Located in the Byron Library building)
Open Wed–Sat 10am–4pm

Local art in the heart of Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre,
60 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby
0401 647 325

World award-winning contemporary realism
art direct from the artist at her Bangalow studio, by appointment.
Phone or text 0414 822 196

Shop 1B-51 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
0419 870 305
[email protected]
FB & Insta: @mistgallery

Drill Hall Complex,
2 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
Open Thurs–Sat 10am–2pm

47 Cullen Street, Nimbin
Opening Hours 10am–4pm daily
02 6689 1444

Byron Bay
Landscape inspired works imparting a ‘spirit of place’
Open by appointment
02 6685 5317

Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 10am–5pm
Cafe open 9.30am–4.00pm
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah
6670 2790

What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Musicians and MLC support the save Wallum fight

As the drama unfolded between police and protesters at the Wallum Development in Brunswick Heads yesterday, people were drawn to the site by the red alerts sent out by the Save Wallum organisers.