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French Film Festival – just delicious

This year’s French Film Festival opening night choice is a unique adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers. In a double blockbuster film production nominated for six César awards, from director Martin Bourboulon, the opening instalment, D’Artagnan, will open the festival.

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People becoming severely ill at home due to heat

People experiencing financial and social disadvantage are struggling to keep their homes cool in summer and becoming seriously unwell from the heat, new ACOSS research has found.

The changing of the possums at Wallum

Yesterday a large group of Wallum development protesters walked onto the site at the end of Omega Circuit, to surround two trees – one known as ‘The Mother Tree’ and one known as ‘The Grandmother Tree’,

Enjoy the finest Taiwanese tea and cuisine at Radiance Oolongtea House in the heart of Mullumbimby

Tea is integral to Taiwanese culture. The art of tea is a lifelong journey, with the tea ceremony being...

Protections can’t wait another seven years for NSW critical habitat 

Protections are needed now for native habitat in NSW as the state has seen a significant increase in native...

Cycling Without Age joins Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Tweed Shire Council has announced a collaboration with volunteer organisation Cycling Without Age as part of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the popular Northern Rivers Rail Trail.

Bill Stewart – a man who loved his frangipanis

Bill was born and raised in Mullumbimby, he attended both primary and high school here. He wasn't an academic but loved sports.

The Arts – February 2024

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries 

In The Arts Feature February 2024

Kristie Vaughan brings a seasoned eye to her canvas.

Artist in focus – Kristie Vaughan

After a 13–year career as a professional photographer, local painter Kristie Vaughan brings a seasoned eye to her canvas, skilfully navigating the subtle nuances of changing light and colour whilst capturing the beauty found in life’s imperfections.
In her newest body of work and upcoming solo exhibition, Island Dream, Vaughan wholeheartedly expresses her lifelong connection to balmy Australian summers with more than a dozen new works on canvas. There will be a community event to celebrate the opening of the show where visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist, followed by a three-week exhibition at Art Kind Gallery in Byron Bay.
The gallery will be serving complimentary refreshments and an art play table will be set up for opening night visitors to get creative. All welcome, this is a family-friendly event, doors open at 5pm on Thursday 8 February. Art Kind is located in the Arts and Industrial Estate at 3/18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay.

To register your interest in attending the opening event, contact the gallery via the website at artkind.com.au or phone 0404 946 553. 

Byron School of Art has a full program of short courses and weekend workshops.

BSA short courses and weekend workshops

Byron School of Art has a full program of short courses and weekend workshops coming up in Term 1 including painting, mixed media, ceramics, contemporary watercolour and collage. For more experienced students they also have Expand your Practice and mentoring available. Enrolments are now open on BSA’s website. Classes fill up quickly so be sure you don’t miss out.


Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival’s annual four week Membership Drive is kicking off on Monday, 19 February, with all new or renewing members going into the draw for some fantastic prizes, including festival passes!
So, why become a member of Byron Writers Festival?
Are you…
· Keen to support Byron Writers Festival and the writing community in regional Australia?
· Interested in receiving pre-sale access and discounts to festival tickets?
· Seeking to be part of a community of readers, writers and storytellers?
· An emerging writer looking for ways to connect, learn and grow?
· Passionate about books, reading and ideas?
Sign up to the newsletter, follow Byron Writers Festival on social media, or visit byronwritersfestival.com/become-a-member/ to check out the prizes and join as a member, today.


Treeskin by Solveig

Art in the heart of Mullumbimby

Art-lovers 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]

Image: Andrea Portela Moreno in her studio. Photography @karlaconroyphotography

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Vanishing Point is the first solo exhibition by emerging Northern Rivers artist Andrea Portela Moreno. Her large-scale perspective paintings explore the vanishing point as a visual and conceptual point of mystery. Portela is drawn to urban environments and in particular the bustling energy of Spanish cities. While navigating these spaces she mentally maps the interplay of colours, shapes, light and shadow, which later becomes the foundation for her paintings. Her style skilfully fuses her love of modern architecture with minimalism and hard-edged abstraction to present works that challenge our perception of space. Her exhibition Vanishing Point takes us on a journey through the known and the unknown, while also questioning the hidden narratives that lie beyond the horizon.

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


Contemporary art gallery and studio providing
engaging exhibitions, art classes and workshops
3/18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
Open Tues-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 10am–4pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–1pm
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 at
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

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

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





Interview with Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel is a renowned Australian musical collective celebrated for their pioneering fusion of diverse genres. Their latest masterpiece, Alectura is an innovative album that once again showcases the band’s expertise in blending organic house and melodic house with captivating rhythms, beats, and global influences.

Concerned about climate change and societal collapse?

Join a Q&A with Jem Bendell for one night only in Byron Bay – Professor of Sustainability, Jem Bendell, was one of the first to directly name and speak out about what the climate crisis means for our civilisation. His seminal paper Deep Adaptation started a global movement by that name as well as inspiring the creation of Extinction Rebellion.

Seedlings: start another Big Scrub

Victoria Cosford There’s something about trees that makes people happy, that evokes a positive response. I’m standing at the newish ReForest Now stall at the...

National inquiry highlights the importance of shopping locally

The final report of the Inquiry into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices released last month revealed big business has worsened the cost-of-living crisis...