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Who’s on the Writers Festival bill?

A vibrant program packed with high-profile literary luminaries, and new voices to discover, has been released by the Byron Writers Festival, to be held August 9 till 11.

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Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Byron council staff rescue injured seabird

Byron Shire Council staff say two rangers carrying out beach patrols helped rescue an injured seabird last week.

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

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Cartoon of the week – June 19, 2024

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

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The Arts – June 2024

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries 

In The Arts Feature June 2024


Gill Williams, Night and Day with Sunny, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90cm
Gill Williams. Photo by Berri Drum

Artist in Focus: Gill Williams

Gill Williams is a local artist who was born and bred in the Northern Rivers. He currently lives in Ocean Shores where he creates artworks from his home studio.

Gill studied a Diploma of Applied Arts at Murwillumbah TAFE in 2004 and held his debut solo exhibition ‘Breath’ at the Ocean Shores Community Centre in 2023.

When he is painting new works, Gill approaches the canvas with decisiveness and a dedicated focus, not pre-planning or sketching out works first, but letting his creative intuition take over so that he becomes caught up in the moment.

Gill Williams, Party Mountain, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 111cm

Gill’s creative practice is an embodiment of his whole person, using colour and patterns to recreate the vibrant kaleidoscope of his world. He is full of energy, spontaneous, and wholehearted in his approach to his painting. Whether he is painting, dancing or being a social butterfly, he asks only for you to celebrate life with him!

Gill’s artworks are currently on display during the group exhibition ‘Recognise’ which is on at the Lone Goat Gallery from 1– 29 June.
www.lonegoatgallery.com.

Follow the colourful life of Gill Williams on Instagram @gillwilliamsart


Know my Name

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists tells a new story of Australian art. Looking to moments in which women created new forms of art and cultural commentary, the exhibition suggests new histories by highlighting creative and intellectual relationships between artists through time.

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists is a National Gallery touring exhibition supported by the Australian Government through Visions of Australia and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

1 June – 25 August 2024
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Open 10am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday
gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah South
02 6670 2790


Contours of Connection

LINE – Art Kind Winter Showcase, 7 June – 26 July

LINE  is a group exhibition showcasing works from seven female artists at Art Kind Gallery in Byron Bay. At the opening event on Friday, 7 June, the community is invited to meet the artists with gourmet grazing and drinks provided. This is a FREE, family-friendly event. An art play table will be available for attendees to get creative.

All welcome. RSVP via artkind.com.au or scan the QR code on the advert.

Friday, 7 June, 5 –7pm @ 18 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay


Alex Adsett

Byron Writers Festival

‘Pitching Do’s and Don’ts’ is a new three-hour workshop with Alex Adsett for authors wanting to share their story with the world.

You will be given behind the curtains information on pitching to the publishing industry. This will include an overview of literary agents – what they do for an author, their place in the publishing industry ecosystem, and if and when you need one.

This workshop will arm you with a great overview of pitching your manuscript, what not to do, and tips and tricks on how to make you and your manuscript stand out.

When: Saturday, 13 July 1 – 4pm
Where: In person at Crystalbrook, Byron
77/97 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay
Cost: $100 member/student
$140 non-members  + booking fe
Bookings: byronwritersfestival/whats-on


Treeskin 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 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]


ART GALLERIES

ART KIND
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
@artkindbyronbay
www.artkind.com.au

ARTIST STUDIO GALLERY
Belongil Beach
Open by appointment
0409 604 405
www.janrae.com.au

ARTIST’S HOME GALLERY
Byron Bay
Landscape inspired works imparting a ‘spirit of place’
Open by appointment
02 6685 5317
jaypearse.com

GALLERY COSMOSIS
2/22 Brigantine St
Arts & Industrial Estate
Byron Bay
0431 331 205
gallerycosmosis.com
linktr.ee/gallerycosmosisbyronbay

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

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

LONE GOAT GALLERY
28 Lawson St, Byron Bay
(Located in the Byron Library building)
Open Wed–Sat 10am–4pm
lonegoatgallery.com

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

MULLUMBIMBY CLAYWORKERS GALLERY
Drill Hall Complex,
2 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
Open Thurs–Sat 10am–2pm
mullumclayworkers.com

MZ Gallery
Byron Bay Contemporary Artspace
57 Tennyson Street, Byron Bay
0468 718 045
www.byronartspace.com.au

NIMBIN ARTISTS GALLERY
47 Cullen Street, Nimbin
Opening Hours 10am–4pm daily
02 6689 1444t
www.nimbinartistsgallery.org

NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITY GALLERY
Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
Open Wed–Fri 9am–
3pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–1pm
02 6681 0530
nrcgballina.com.au

TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY & MARGARET OLLEY ART CENTRE
Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 10am–5pm
Cafe open 9.30am–4.00pm
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah
6670 2790
artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

A picnic is more fun with painting

It’s that time of year again when baguettes and olives are embraced along with your cerulean blues and your crimson lakes, for the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s annual Community Picnic and Artist Paint Out on Sunday, June 30.

Questions remain unanswered over Mullum’s water strategy

Questions unanswered over Mullum’s water strategy Council’s Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WSAC) members Ben Fawcett and Elia Hauge say their concerns around Mullum’s future...

Tweed Council – committed to a sustainable future

Tweed Shire Council is committed to a sustainable future and working with the community to protect the region’s internationally significant environment. 

Whian Whian public school kids are all in D-tension

The Whian Whian Public School whole school band, D-Tension, are preparing for their first gig of 2024 and it’s going to go off with a bang – or at least a flash of lantern light on Saturday in Lismore.