The Arts – May 2024

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In The Arts Feature May 2024

2024 Murwillumbah Arts Trail

Artist in Focus: 2024 Murwillumbah Arts Trail

The artistic flair and talent of the Tweed and surrounds will be on display through the Murwillumbah Arts Trail  on 11 & 12 May 2024.

Weaving in and around Murwillumbah and surrounding villages, the Murwillumbah Arts Trail showcases talented artists from across the region, offering the community a chance to see them at work, participate in creative workshops, and purchase unique works directly from the artists.

Enjoy a drive through picturesque countryside, discovering hidden treasures like the historic church in Uki or the community printmakers in Stokers Siding. Explore the Murwillumbah town centre and pop into the Small Works Gallery.

The Northern Rivers Rail Trail will host an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the historic Murwillumbah station, featuring a diverse range of sculptures highlighting the beauty and diversity of the Northern Rivers region.

A collection of artists will exhibit at The Belle Riverhouse and Husk Farm Distillery, showcasing a range of works that reflect the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Tweed region.

Murwillumbah CBD will come alive on Saturday night, with a colourful soiree at M|ArtsPrecinct and Slam Poetry at The Citadel. Explore award-winning restaurants and indulge in great food while enjoying live music.

For the full program and trail map visit 

Together–Arts and Community Wellbeing Day

Together – Arts and Community Wellbeing Day

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery and Ignite Studios hosts ‘Together – Arts and Community Wellbeing Day’ a day of culture, creativity, and connection in the heart of Ballina. Enjoy Roundabout Theatre’s Pop-Up Play Space and the Lollipop Ladies; try weaving with natural fibres with Aunty Tania Marlowe and Deb Cole from Jugan Dandii; get creative with Claudie Frock’s Let’s Stick Together collage experience; dive into a virtual reality art workshop or explore digital storytelling with Social Futures’ Computer Clubhouse; and join in a Dance the Art Inclusive Gallery Movement Tour with interdisciplinary performance artist Katie Cooper-Wares.

This is a free day for the community to try a range of playful and creative activities. No bookings are required, just come to dip in and out of the experiences as you like.

This event is wheelchair-accessible and Auslan- interpreted, and a sensory-friendly quiet space will be available on the day. Please contact us with any access queries: [email protected] or 02 6681 0530.

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2024
Time: 10.00am–1.00pm
Where: NRCG & Ignite Studios – cnr Cherry and Crane Streets, Ballina
Age: All welcome
Cost: Free. Tools and materials provided.
More info:

Writers festival

Byron Writers Festival earlybird tickets, on sale now!

Byron Writers Festival is excited to announce its popular 3-day earlybird passes are now open for bookings, until sold out. This year’s festival, announced today, will be ‘From the ground up’, and the first wave of authors confirmed to grace to stage in August comprises of Trent Dalton, Jane Harper, Bruce Pascoe, Richard Flanagan, Caoilinn Hughes, Nam Le, Suzie Miller, Louise Milligan and Mykaela Saunders.

These celebrated guests give a taste of things to come with Byron Writers Festival’s full program to be revealed on 19 June.

When: 9-11 August
Where: Bangalow Showground
Cost: Earlybird 3-day passes: $245 members, $285 general, plus booking fees
Hurry, there are a limited number of these passes, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! Visit to secure yours.

Winter shows exhibiting at Tweed Regional gallery. Photo Kate Holmes

Celebrate winter exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery!

All are invited to join the gallery and celebrate the launch of an exciting winter exhibition program on Friday, 31 May at 6.15pm.

New exhibitions include Know My Name: Australian Women Artists, a National Gallery touring exhibition; Madam Mystery by Anna Carey; and Saltwater Currents: First Nations Seascapes and Contemporary Artefacts from Saltwater Country by Anthony J. Walker.

This is a free, all-ages event – bookings recommended
02 6670 2790
2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah South


Byron School of Art term 2 courses now listed online

Enrolments are now open for BSA’s full program of term 2 short courses and weekend workshops  which include: painting using mixed-media, oil painting, clay foundations, intermediate ceramics, the figure in clay, drawing from nature, and abstraction. For more experienced artists who are wanting to develop their practice and presence there is also: professional practice, websites for artists, as well as mentoring which students can do online or in-person. All classes are limited to small groups to maximise one-on-one time with instructors.

Visit BSA’s website for more information.


Clay Northern Rivers annual Clunes Ceramic Market

For ceramic enthusiasts, or those looking for a mothers day present, Clay Northern Rivers presents their fourth Ceramic Market at Clunes Coronation Hall on Saturday, 11 May from 8.30am–3.30pm. With over 30 ceramic artists, this diverse collective showcases local potters from the Northern Rivers and presents their work for sale.

The market will have coffee from Rakavan Bar, food by Ethos Catering, donuts by Happy Donuts and fresh flowers from Blue Gum Flower Farm, just in time for Mother’s Day.  The flowers can be preordered from the grower and collected from the market. DM orders to 0425 303 080. 

There will be kids workshops and a lucky door prize featuring a collection of the artists’ work so don’t forget to get a ticket.

Wheelchair accessible.

Clunes Coronation Hall,
22 Walker Street, Clunes
[email protected]
Insta: Clay Northern Rivers


Downstream. A novel of resilience, humour and hope by local author Annika Johansson

Lismore resident Rob – a happily married empty-nester, enjoying his late middle age – has always defined himself by the quality of the roof over his head and the state of his family life. Solid. Safe. Stable. But when the 2022 flood hits, he and his wife Sal find themselves homeless, their lives now the very opposite of secure and predictable.

Rob and Sal are left with no choice but to rent. After a mix-up with contracts, they reluctantly agree to share a home unit in Ballina with strangers: a slightly older hippy couple, also impacted by the floods, who couldn’t be more different from their new flatmates.

A two-bedroom, one-bathroom flat with very thin walls … surely they can stick it out for six months? They’re all grown-ups, right?

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]

Arts Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers

They say there are more creatives here than any other region in Australia, outside of major cities. But who are we really? 

Arts Northern Rivers, supported by the NSW government, has embarked on a two-year research project to uncover what the arts and culture industries in the Northern Rivers look like today, and identify the gaps, opportunities, and potential areas for growth.  

To help them understand our creative sector, they are encouraging anyone with an interest in arts and culture to complete their region-wide survey. Participants will even have the chance to win a $200 giftcard. 

This is a once-in-a-decade study, so if you have something to say about arts and culture in the Northern Rivers, now is the time.  

Do the survey at: