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The Arts – July 2024

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries 

In The Arts Feature July 2024

Melanie Dilday

Artist in Focus: Playful Painting with Melanie Dilday

Introducing the ultimate painting experience – the Playful Painting Weekend Workshop!

Do you ever feel like there’s an artist within you just waiting to come out, but you’ve always been too afraid to even try? Or maybe you’ve dabbled in painting before, but lack the confidence to really express yourself on the canvas.

Melanie Dilday, artist and author, understands how daunting it can be to approach a large blank canvas, which is why the Playful Painting Weekend Workshop was created  – a safe, encouraging, and super supportive environment for people just like you.

Join her in Mullum for a weekend of dancing, splashing, spraying, scraping, stencilling, printing and laughing as you unlock your creative flow and ignite your passion for painting.

Come to this super affordable weekend workshop for some nurturing ‘you-time’ and rediscover your child-like enthusiasm for art.

For examples of participants work, scroll her facebook page: www.facebook.com/playfulpainting

Booking and details: events.humanitix.com/playful-painting-weekend-mullumbimby

Sonya Breckenridge. Islands in the stream, 2024. Acrylic on canvas


An exhibition featuring 13 Bundjalung artists is opening on the 6 July and runs to 17 August.

Longstanding is part of Bulaan, Dalang Galii Naa, a 12-month residency program for First Nation creatives living and working on Bundjalung Country. Developed by The Returning Indigenous Corporation and in collaboration with Arts Northern Rivers, Bulaan Dalang Galii Naa is focused on supporting emerging creative practitioners, providing opportunities to connect, explore different art forms and upskill their knowledge in arts business.

Longstanding represents the nine month milestone for the artists in residency and is curated by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft, with Kylie Caldwell. 

To learn more about the artists visit lonegoatgallery.com/exhibitions/longstanding

For information about Bulaan, Dalang Galii Naa residency program
visit thereturning.com.au/bulaandalanggalinaa

When:  6 July until 17 August
Where: Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm

Sharni Montgomery

Binx Designs X Art by Sharni

Coming up in July, two local artists, Sharni Montgomery (Art by Sharni) and Bec Denholm (Binx Designs), are hosting an exhibition exploring the vibrant nostalgic connections of life conveyed through their eyes.

Through Montgomery’s memory invoking coastal renditions and Binx’s colour rich emotive retro musings, the complimenting contrast between their two styles is a sensory journey full of soul and tranquil reminiscence.

When: 12–18 July
Where: Small Works Gallery, 10-12 Commercial Road, Murwillumbah
Opening Night: Friday 12 July, 4-7. 30pm
Drinks, nibbles, lives music and good people.
0419 581 918
[email protected]

Installation view of Mending & Tending: Art that works for Nature, 2023. Photo by Jaka Adamic.

Lone Goat Gallery

the community and explore ways we can adapt, reorganise, and evolve in the face of climate change through the arts.

Artists are asked to submit innovative project ideas, that engage the community, for ‘Climate Conversations’ 2025 around the theme of ‘Rising’: The growing urgency and consciousness to meet climate challenges. 

The successful artist or artists will receive a fee of $5,000 to develop new work (additional funds up to $2,000 for public programs) and a one-month exhibition at Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay in 2025.

Applications close at 5pm on 1 November 2024. 

More information at www.lonegoatgallery.com or for queries email [email protected]

Jennifer Byrne

Byron Writers Festival Gala

Hear ideas to change our world at the Byron Writers Festival evening gala event. Hosted by ABC The Book Club’s  , high profile guests of the festival will grace the Byron Theatre stage to deliver powerful and entertaining talks inspired by the 2024 theme ‘From the Ground Up’. Featuring Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan, new Late Night Live host David Marr, Parramatta literature laureate Yumna Kassab and Indigenous journalist Amy McQuire, see some of the brightest minds of the festival in one night.

Nourish your mind and fill your creative cup at the 2024 Byron Writers Festival. 

Friday, 9 August, 8pm
Tickets available from Byron Theatre

Community Arts Hub

Byron Community College has taken over the iconic Chincogan Mower Shop and created a vibrant new Community Arts Hub for local artists and curious creatives. A space designed to be a cornerstone of creativity and community engagement, with a mission of making art accessible to everyone.

The space consistst of:

GARAGE GALLERY: available for hire, offering a dedicated place for artists to showcase their work. Also available as a brilliant venue or room hire for your next event.

LANEWAY STUDIO: an immersive learning space, now offering Certificate III in Visual Arts, plus a variety of short art courses and workshops.

SHARED WORKING SPACE: a collaborative co-working creative space that local artists can hire.

Gallery and event bookings, and course enrolments:

02 6684 3374
[email protected]

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 ten 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 to display for an extended period 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]

Photo of Anthony J. Walker in his studio by Natalie McComas

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Saltwater Currents: First Nations Seascapes and Contemporary Artefacts from Saltwater Country is an exhibition of new landscape paintings and contemporary artefacts by Yiman, Ghungalu, Gooreng Gooreng artist, long-time Northern Rivers resident, and former Indigenous Park Ranger, Anthony J. Walker. Centred around the concept of ‘caring for Country’, the artworks celebrate the profound beauty, spirit, and ecological significance of the Northern Rivers region. Through reconnecting with the natural world, viewers are encouraged to embrace their roles as environmental stewards – following in the footsteps of the First Nations custodians who have cared for this Country for over 60,000 years.

Open Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm. Free admission
2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah


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

Belongil Beach
Open by appointment
0409 604 405

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

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

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

painting | photography | woodwork | ceramics | jewellery | classes | workshops
2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head
Open 7 days 10am-3pm
[email protected]
FB/Instagram @lennoxartscollective

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

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 12am–4pm

Byron Bay Contemporary Artspace
57 Tennyson Street, Byron Bay
0468 718 045

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

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

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

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Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

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Power from the barrel of a gun

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