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The Arts – August 2022

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries

In The Arts Feature August 2022:

Artist in Focus

Every Mud Trail artist is woven into the fabric of this region…

North Coast Mud Trail – celebrating a creative decade

For the past ten years, North Coast Mud Trail has been an annual showcase, connecting people to pots and epitomising the creative lifestyle of the region. North Coast Ceramics Inc invites you to be part of this year’s celebration as we ramp up to tickle your creativity again on the weekend of August 13 & 14, 10am–4pm. 

Every Mud Trail artist is woven into the fabric of this region and adds something personal, intangible and really special to the vocabulary of locally relevant design.  The bedrock of the North Coast Mud Trail is the belief that beautiful, hand made ceramics enrich lives, so map out your own trail to visit the studios that interest you.  Share the journey with a friend, and time it to coincide with a demonstration or an artist’s talk for an enriching, immersive experience. 

Whether you are looking for a passionate conversation with an artist, a special gift, or exhibition quality artworks for your home, this annual opportunity is your chance to have a sneak peek into private studios and invest in handmade work that resonates with you.

Check out the program and the interactive map:
Insta: @northcoastceramics


Artexpress celebrates the challenges and hard work of the students and teachers who have endured the difficulty of creating artworks during a global pandemic.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is proud to be one of two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary art works from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

This particular ARTEXPRESS is a celebration of the challenges and hard work of the students and teachers who have endured the difficulty of creating artworks during a global pandemic.

The works selected for display in ARTEXPRESS 2022 at Tweed Regional Gallery include a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, such as ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.

ARTEXPRESS is a joint project between the NSW Department of Education (DoE) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

2 Mistral Rd (Cnr Tweed Valley Way)
Murwillumbah South
02 6670 2790

Byron Writers Festival Workshops

Spaces are filling fast so be sure to book your workshops soon!

Get inspired, sink your teeth into your craft and learn from the best with a Byron Writers Festival workshop, taking place from Monday 22 till Thursday 25 August prior to Festival weekend in Byron Bay.

This series of half- and full-day workshops are facilitated by authors appearing on the 2022 Festival program and cover a range of genres including ‘Theme, Imagery and Symbolism’ with Emily Bitto, ‘Memoir Ethics’ with Yves Rees, ‘The Truth is in the Detail’ with Eleanor Limprecht and ‘How to Write Satire’ with The Chaser’s Charles Firth. 

Spaces are filling fast (with some sold out) so be sure to book soon via byronwritersfestival.com/festival-workshops.

On the big screen at Byron Theatre

Canaletto & The Art of Venice is an immersive journey into the life of Venice’s famous view-painter.

Enjoy thrilling National Theatre Live and great World Art on the big screen at Byron Theatre.

A one-woman show that opened at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in 2019, Prima Facie has now been staged to huge acclaim in London with Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) making a stunning West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning #MeToo play. 2 Screenings: Wednesday 10 August, 11am & 6:30pm.

Canaletto & The Art of Venice is an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter, based on the exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Wednesday 24 August, 2pm.

Book now at byrontheatre.com.

Creative Mullum Small Sculpture Prize

Creative Mullum welcomes sculptures in any medium.

Once again Creative Mullum is staging its annual Ingenuity event – this time taking the form of a Small Sculpture Prize.

Submissions are open to all artists of the Northern Rivers as part of their flood recovery strategy.

A curated exhibition will be held over the first weekend of November, with up to $6000 prize money to be won.

They welcome sculptures in any medium, up to 60cm in any dimension.  

Please enter online via the Creative Mullum website www.creativemullum.org.au by 30 September.

Happy making!

BLUE ISLAND: Now Showing at the BSA Project Space

There will be an in-conversation with Sally Anderson and Michael Cusack on Saturday 6 August.

Blue Island, curated by Sally Anderson, is now showing at the BSA Project Space until 19 August, Monday–Friday, 10am–3pm. The exhibition seeks to question the reliability of memory and offers a way to authenticate experience through colour. There will be an in-conversation with Sally Anderson and Michael Cusack on Saturday 6 August 2–4pm followed by drinks.


Ocean Shores Art Expo

Ocean Shores Art Expo is on November 5–6 at Ocean Shores Country Club.

This year the Expo will be held at the Ocean Shores Country Club. 

One of the four judges, Vanessa Bertagnole, will judge the Photography and Digital Art categories. Vanessa is an award-winning photographer, artist, graphic designer and former arts administrator based in Brisbane.

Her photography work is mainly concerned with the elusiveness of memory. She has been a finalist in national and international art prizes and her work is held in many private collections throughout the world. 

November 5–6 at Ocean Shores Country Club
Go to www.osartexpo.com to enter.

Art Galleries

Artist’s Home Gallery Byron Bay
Landscape inspired works imparting a ‘spirit of place’.
Open by appointment.
6685 5317

Billinudgel Picture Framing & Piccolo Art Gallery
7/1 Wilfred St, Billinudgel
6680 3444

BS’A Project Space
112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby
0487 362 141

Foxy Luu’s Art & Bao
Every day 11.30am–8.30pm
90-96 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Old Woolies car park next to the bottlo.
Every month a new artist.

Gallery Cosmosis Visionary Art
2/22 Brigantine St, Byron Bay
Open Tues–Sat 10am–4pm or by appointment
0431 331 205
[email protected]

Healing Art Design & New Age Gallery
Azura Kingscliff
Shop 2B, 60 Marine Parade
0408 868 793

Karena Wynn-Moylan, Fine Art
Bangalow Studio
By appt: 0414 822 196

Lone Goat Gallery
28 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Wed to Sat: 10am–4pm

Lore Bureau
The Art of Storytelling
12 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
Open: Thurs to Sun, 10am – 3pm
By appt: 0455 992 396

Mackay Harrison Galleries
79 Bayview Drive, East Ballina
Welcome by appointment.
Artist/Sculptor David Harrison
0412 664 284

Mist Gallery
Shop 1B-51 Tweed Coast Rd, Cabarita Beach
0419 870 305
[email protected]

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

Northern Rivers Community Gallery
Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
Open Wed–Fri: 10am–4pm
Sat/Sun: 9.30am–1pm
02 6681 0530

Peek Gallery
Check website for opening hours.
7/8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
0488 646 464
[email protected]

Studio Suvira Ceramics & Sculpture Gallery
Home gallery and sculpture garden.
28 Left Bank Rd, Mullumbimby.
0402 125 922 (call/sms first)

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Gallery hours: 10am–5pm
Cafe open: 9.30am–4.00pm
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah
6670 2790

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

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World AIDS Day – time to end transmission

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Climate change a threat to local Gondwana rainforest mountain frogs

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Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.