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Calls to reverse NSW anti-protest laws

The harsh sentencing of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco for stopping a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year has led to a range of protests and the call to reverse NSW anti-protest laws by lawyer and Greens NSW Legislative Council Member Sue Higginson.

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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

Local waterpolo team thriving on friendship

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Take action against 15 months jail for climate protester

Northern Rivers locals are gathering in Lismore this Saturday to protest the imprisonment of non-violent climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco who stopped one lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April.

The Arts – October 2022

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries

In The Arts Feature October 2022:

The expression of interest is open to all Northern Rivers artists, art producers and artist teams.

Climate Conversations 

Lone Goat Gallery and Byron Shire Council are calling for artists to explore the theme of ‘Adaptation’ through a new project called Climate Conversations. Adaptation is an act or process of change to become better suited to an environment or situation. Artists can submit innovative ideas that will engage the community and can be presented around this theme. Artists will receive a fee of $5,000 to fund the project with an additional budget for community events. The successful project will take place in 2023 at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay and the community will be invited to take part in the process and view the final outcome.

The expression of interest is open to all Northern Rivers artists, art producers and artist teams and the organisers encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to apply via www.lonegoatgallery.com.
Applications close on 30 November 2022.
Enquiries: email [email protected]

Upcoming classes include painting, ceramics, mixed-media and sculpture.

BSA Term Four courses enrolling now

BSA has a full program of Short Courses and Weekend Workshops to meet your creative needs available for Term Four. Classes are limited to small groups in order to maximise one-on-one time with instructors. Upcoming classes include painting, ceramics, mixed-media and sculpture. Visit their website for more information.


The theme ‘Moving Through Time’ commemorates the celebrations of 20 years since their founding on the traditional lands of the Bundjalung Nation.


c.a.s.e. is back on the ground launching the 2022 Postcard Show with an exhibition at the Byron School of Art in Mullumbimby from 16–18 December 2022. The theme ‘Moving Through Time’ commemorates their celebrations of 20 years since their founding on the traditional lands of the Bundjalung Nation. Entries are now open and will close 19 November, so start planning your art masterpieces. All media welcome including the ten second video category. 

Find full details and entry forms on our website www.caseartspace.com or a link via their IG page @c.a.s.e.inc.

Image credit: Melissa Spratt, Gold Coast City, Wollumbin Art Award 2022 Finalist I Am Sensitive To Bright Lights and Strong Smells (detail) 2021. Finger-knitted wool on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist

Wollumbin Art Award

The Wollumbin Art Award (WAA) is the Tweed Regional Gallery’s new biennial $30,000 award; open to artists living in the Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Scenic Rim Shires, as well as Lismore and Gold Coast City. The award, named for the mountain the Gallery overlooks, celebrates the calibre and diversity of artists of the region. The WAA 2022 exhibition showcases an impressive selection of artworks from shortlisted finalists across the region, including painting, works on paper, ceramics, 3D and digital works. The inaugural judge is writer, curator and editor of VAULT Magazine, Alison Kubler.

Tweed Regional Gallery
Open 10am–5pm Wednesday to Sunday.
2 Mistral Way, Murwillumbah South
02 6670 2790

This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfil the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.

James and the Giant Peach

Murwillumbah Theatre Company is excited to present the magical pantomime James and the Giant Peach from October 14–30 – and it’s free. Yes, all of your favourite characters from the popular Roald Dahl book will come to life on the stage at Murwillumbah Civic Centre and you can see it at no charge! A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfil the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl has been adapted for the stage by Richard George and is directed by Colin Elliott. This event is proudly funded by the NSW Government and delivered in partnership with Tweed Shire Council.

Bookings are essential via www.murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com.au or at Larkins Electrical in Main Street, Murwillumbah or at the door. For enquiries, phone 0498 831 575.

Come along and support our local artists and enjoy a cuppa and homemade treat at the historic Tintenbar Hall. Painting: ‘View of the Valley’ by Meg Egglestone.

Ballina Art Society Exhibition

Ballina Art Society will be showcasing their members’ latest artworks at their exhibition from 28–30 October at Tintenbar Hall. This will be their 50th consecutive annual art exhibition – a stellar achievement! Come along and support our local artists and enjoy a cuppa and homemade treat at the historic Tintenbar Hall. All artworks are for sale. When: Fri 28 Oct, from 1–5pm followed by an Awards Ceremony 6–8pm. Sat 29 Oct, 10–6 pm, Sun 30, 10–4pm. A special 50th Anniversary lunch and fun filled art quiz will be held on 2nd December at Tintenbar Hall. Members and tutors past and present and friends are invited to join in the celebrations.

For more information contact Cecily Barrack on 0435 835 102.

No painter in the world is both more famous and less known than Edvard Munch.

Byron Theatre 

Enjoy great world art and hilarious National Theatre Live on the big screen at Byron Theatre. No painter in the world is both more famous and less known than Edvard Munch. If his ‘Scream’ has become the iconic symbol of our contemporary angst, the rest of his art is less familiar. Munch: Love, Ghosts and Lady Vampires explores the work of this enigmatic artist. Wednesday 19 October, 2pm. Laugh your socks off at Jack Absolute Flies Again, a rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean. After an aerial dog fight, officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame. Don’t miss this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals.
Wednesday 2 November, 11am.
Book now at byrontheatre.com.

Image: Johnny Romeo, ‘Kid Collossus’.

Peek Gallery

Located in the heart of downtown Byron Bay, Peek Gallery showcases art from both their represented artists and friends, inviting art collectors and the culturally curious to discover the wealth of talent in our local region and beyond. They are also available for residential or commercial commissions, whether you need an affordable print or you’re in the market for investment art to add to your collection.

To get in touch, call them on 0488 64 64 64, email [email protected], or visit them at 7/8 Fletcher St. Byron Bay (one block back from the beach).

Art Galleries

Artist Studio Gallery
Belongil Beach
Open by appointment.
0409 604 405

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]

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

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

Room 13 @ The Lore Bureau
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

Tweed Council secures environmental water sharing during drought

Two items at last week's Tweed Shire Council meeting highlighted the commitment of the council to sharing water with the environment even during low-flow and drought periods. 

Celebrating the life of Jack Paris Crittle

Young DJ and keen surfer, Jack Crittle, was tragically killed in a car accident last week. A celebration of his life will be held this Monday, 12 December at 10am.

Mullum’s Federation Bridge closed again tonight

Mullum and hinterland residents and visitors are reminded that Federation Bridge will be closed again tonight from 6pm to 4am for repairs. 

Changing the world with non-violent action

‘Nonviolence  is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.’ These are the words of Gandhi, the man who led nationwide campaigns in his country to ease poverty by creating a movement of resistance that contributed to ending British Rule in India.