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In The Arts Feature September 2022:
- Art Byron
- Big screen at Byron Theatre
- Applications are now open for BSA’s Year-Long courses
- Byron Writers Festival presents Still Life with Sarah Winman
- An Artists Affair
- H’Art Gallery in Mullumbimby
- Spring play at Pocket Park
- Margaret Olley: The Art of Flowers
- Ocean Shores Art Expo, entries due
Artist in Focus
Asking the question “Do we choose Love or Fear?”, the inaugural Art Byron will gather local and nationally celebrated artists for a feast of events including exhibitions, gallery talks, music, film, a multimedia installation and an art dinner.
The four-day event will bring the local arts community together and provide a dynamic platform for contemporary art, across multiple venues within the Byron Shire.
Founder Lisa Cowan said ‘Art Byron will provide the opportunity for visitors to experience the depth of the Northern Rivers art scene and see the calibre of artists working across our region.’
Groundwork for Art Byron ‘Love or Fear’ was envisioned by renowned First Nations artist Karla Dickens, who lived through the devastating March flood events that swept across Bundjalung country around Lismore, the place she has called home for the last 20 years.
Dickens, standing knee deep and defiant in the flood waters, was the subject of 2022’s Archibald prize winning portrait by fellow Aboriginal artist, Blak Douglas.
Art Byron will include three main exhibitions all curated by Ms Dickens.
The festival will feature works from some of most revered artists in the country, including The Tennant Creek Brio, Hiromi Tango, Beki Davies, Stephen Bird, Zion Levi and Polly Borland.
The inaugural Art Byron will take place from Friday 30 September – Monday 3 October in multiple venues across the Byron Shire. Most events are free or gold coin donation entry. More info and full program at art-byron.com.au.
On the big screen at Byron Theatre
Enjoy two thrilling NT Live screenings at Byron Theatre. On Wednesday 21 September at 11am.
Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy, a blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever.
Then after two sold out sessions, Byron Theatre presents an ENCORE screening of Prima Facie, the one-woman show that opened at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in 2019. This has now been staged to huge acclaim in London starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) making a stunning West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning #MeToo play. Showing on Friday 23 September at 6.30pm.
Tickets are selling fast. Book now at byrontheatre.com.
Applications are now open for BSA’s Year-Long courses
If you are interested in focusing on and expanding your art practice, now is the time to apply for Byron School of Art’s 2023 Year-Long courses. BSA Year-Long courses offer support for emerging and established artists as well as an encouraging platform for those seeking introduction to the field. Study for one, two or three years. Visit the BSA website for more information.
Byron Writers Festival presents Still Life with Sarah Winman
Off the back of an incredible festival weekend, Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to present acclaimed British author Sarah Winman, who will appear live in conversation about her latest novel, Still Life.
Sarah Winman has captivated millions with sweeping, richly rendered works celebrating love in all its forms, from the paean to life and loss that is Tin Man, to the coming-of-age tale of family and friendship, When God Was a Rabbit. Still Life is no exception, roaming the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, in a joyful ode to love, passion and art set against the upheavals of history.
See Winman in conversation with Zacharey Jane and be transported by a story that ‘bolsters the heart and soul’. 6pm, Thursday 22 September at Byron Theatre. This event will sell out so don’t delay. Bookings via byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on.
Pleasures of life Drawing
It is a rare and unique opportunity to paint multiple models presenting together.
Follow Your Art presents…
AN ARTISTS AFFAIR
Skin in Springtime.
This beautiful, eccentric, eclectic event offers multiple models, together in an opulent inspiring setting.
This is a fun and challenging adventure, with the opportunity to play and create amongst your peers!
Expect a high vibration of creativity, music, food, and inspiration!
Divine vegan banquet provided.
Sat 17 – Sun 18 September 2022
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 40 artworks by 12 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].
Spring play at Pocket Park
Byron Shire Council and Roundabout Theatre will be presenting a series of FREE creative lunchtime events this spring to celebrate the launch of a new Pocket Park in the thriving and vibrant Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate. Over the month of September you will be able to try some new circus skills with Circus Arts Byron Bay, immerse yourself in a visual arts and funambulism (tightwire) experience by Claudie Frock & Seed Arts, participate in a pop-up dance party with the infamous Cassettes, join art-folk duo Bella Frankie for a lunchtime of music and sing alongs and bring your pooch down to the park for wacky dress ups and portraits with Andy Forbes and Simone O’Brien. The Pocket Park is a new public space to meet, connect and play in. Come on down in your lunch break and help celebrate this lovely piece of green.
See display ad on page 27 of the newspaper for dates.
Margaret Olley: The Art of Flowers
Margaret Olley: The Art of Flowers celebrates Margaret Olley’s favourite subject – the beauty and joy of flowers. Olley dedicated her career to exploring the endless possibilities of humble, domestic objects combined with colourful, textural and sculptural arrangements of flowers.
The Art of Flowers brings together some of the finest examples of her much loved flower paintings, spanning five decades of work, from public and private collections.
The exhibition includes some of Olley’s early explorations of still life via a rich and expansive palette. From here flows the story of her extraordinary life and the evolution of her practice, driven by her singular vision and her obsession to paint.
The Art of Flowers is a splendid offering of rarely seen paintings by Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life.
2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah
02 6670 2790 | gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
Ocean Shores Art Expo
Only three weeks left to enter the OSAE with $15,000 in prizes.
30 September is the final day for submissions, so be creative and enter one of the seven categories: Watercolour & Gouache; Printmaking, Drawing & Pastels; Oil & Acrylic, Mixed Media; Sculpture & 3D Art; Photography; and Digital Art (https://osartexpo.com). The exhibition will be held at the Ocean Shores Country Club over the weekend of the 5–6 November with online sales available for a further four weeks into December. This is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work.
Go to https://osartexpo.com to enter.
Artist’s Home Gallery Byron Bay
Landscape inspired works imparting a ‘spirit of place’.
Open by appointment.
Billinudgel Picture Framing & Piccolo Art Gallery
7/1 Wilfred St, Billinudgel
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.
Local art in the heart of Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Centre
60 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby
0401 647 325
Healing Art Design & New Age Gallery
Shop 2B, 60 Marine Parade
0408 868 793
Karena Wynn-Moylan, Fine Art
By appt: 0414 822 196
Lone Goat Gallery
28 Lawson Street, Byron Bay
Wed to Sat: 10am–4pm
Mackay Harrison Galleries
79 Bayview Drive, East Ballina
Welcome by appointment.
Artist/Sculptor David Harrison
0412 664 284
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
02 6681 0530
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