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Start saving water now say Tweed Council – water restrictions may be weeks away

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared an El Nino weather pattern, with less-than-average rainfall forecast for the Northern Rivers this year. Tweed Council is reminding residents and visitors that it is important to save water.

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Pearces Creek Bridge to be replaced – road closure

The replacement of Pearces Creek Bridge has led to the temporary closure of Eltham Road, at Pearces Creek Bridge for one month from Monday, 23 October. 

Wollumbin Street bridge reduced to one lane

As part of the sewerage upgrade in Murwillumbah, Tweed Shire Council is urging motorists to plan ahead and seek alternative routes between the CBD and South Murwillumbah for up to four weeks from today.

Circus, Comedy, WTF?

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Running the NY Marathon for type-1 diabetes research

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The Arts – September 2023

Jump to Northern Rivers Art Galleries

In The Arts Feature September 2023

Artist in Focus: BS’A Team. Photo by Cristian Morrow

Artist in Focus

BS’A Short Courses & Weekend Workshops

BS’A has a full program of short courses and weekend workshops coming up in term 4. Short courses include Abstract Painting with Caleb Reid and Ceramics with Jenny Gill Schirmer. Emma Walker will continue to offer individual mentoring sessions. These sessions have been hugely successful with students spending time with Emma either face-to-face or online, focusing on their approach to their practice. For those looking for a weekend workshop there will be Clay as a Canvas with Stephen Bird, Fundamentals of Painting with Dale Rhodes and the one-day workshop Photo with Natalie McComas. There will also be a special half-day workshop hosted in conjunction with Creative Mullum: Soft Sculpture – Making art using readily available materials with Korean artist Hyijung Lee. Enrolments are now open on BSA’s website. Classes fill up quickly so don’t miss your chance to secure your spot and ignite your creativity.

Save the date for the upcoming BS’A 10 Years exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery which runs from 8 September with an opening on Friday, 15 September. The exhibition will showcase work from BS’A directors, teachers and alumni, celebrating 10 years of Byron School of Art.


Ignite Studios Workshop. Image ©Natalie Grono

Ballina Contemporary Art Market

This free event on Saturday, 14 October from 10am-7pm at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) & Ignite Studios creative precinct will showcase the creative talent of the region, with over 50 arts and crafts stalls selling a range of artworks and products by local and regional artists.

There will be an exciting program of free creative workshops, site-specific installations and a busking competition hosted by Paradise FM, as well as live music, food trucks and fantastical roving creatures. A twilight laneway party with live music from 5pm will close the market.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery & Ignite Studios.

Cnr Cherry St & Crane St, Ballina

Installation view of works by Emma Walker, Christine Willcocks and Michael Cusack at Byron School of Art, 2023

Tweed Regional Gallery

BS’A 10 Years celebrates the significant contribution Byron School of Art (BS’A) has made to contemporary visual arts in Australia over the past ten years.

With its rigorous studio-based model, BS’A has played a seminal role in developing and fostering the experimental visual arts practices of regional artists since its inception in 2013.

The exhibition includes new and existing works by BS’A directors, teachers and alumni across various disciplines including painting, printmaking, photograph, video and installation alongside archival material mapping the path from the early days through to the present. Curated by BS’A Directors Michael Cusack and Christine Willcocks. A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

02 6670 2790


2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah South

Cyanotype imagery

Botanical Blueprint Workshops

Cyanotype imagery, developed in the 1800’s, is one of the oldest forms of photography. In this one-day workshop, Northern Rivers visual artist Katie Alleva will lead participants step-by-step through this fascinating process using flowers, leaves and ferns. The class will be inspired by the pioneering work of 19th century botanist Anna Atkins. Participants will end the day with a series of cyanotype impressions on high-quality paper to take home.

‘The workshops are embedded with encouraging a deeper connection to self and community. They are designed to ignite the creative spark within you. My goal is for you to feel inspired, uplifted, and connected and leave with ideas buzzing around for further creative endeavours!’

Katie Alleva


Bookings 0435 203 936


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

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

Lennox Arts Collective
painting | photography | woodwork | ceramics | jewellery | classes | workshops
2/72 Ballina Street, Lennox Head
Open Tues–Sun 10am–3pm
[email protected]
FB & Insta: @lennoxartscollective

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

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]
FB & Insta: @mistgallery

Mullumbimby Clayworkers Gallery
Drill Hall Complex,
2 Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
Open Thurs–Sat 10am–2pm

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

Nimbin Artists Gallery
47 Cullen Street, Nimbin, NSW 2480
Opening Hours 10am–4pm daily
6689 1444

Northern Rivers Community Gallery
Cnr Cherry & Crane Sts, Ballina
Open Wed–Fri 10am–4pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–1pm
6681 0530

Studio Suvira
Ceramics & Sculpture Gallery
Home gallery and sculpture garden
28 Left Bank Rd, Mullumbimby
0402 125 922 (call/sms first)

The Lore Bureau
12 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
Open Thurs–Sun 10am–3pm
By appt: 0455 992 396

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Gallery hours: 10am–5pm (Wed–Sun)
Cafe open 9.30am–4.00pm
2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah
6670 2790

BES rejects Ramsey’s proposal to leave conservation zones to private landholders

Ballina Environment Society (BES) has come out strongly against conservative independent Ballina Councillor Eva Ramsey’s proposal to have private property owners ‘opt in’ to conservation zones.

Review on remote Indigenous Australians sheds light on the Voice to Parliament

As a white man living on Bundjalung Country, I acknowledge that it is not easy to make the cross-cultural shift from a Western paradigm lens to comprehend and appreciate the rich diversity and complexity of 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ sociocultural and spiritual history.

What is the future for Lismore Regional Gallery and Museum? Have your say

The Lismore Regional Gallery and the Lismore Museum (Richmond River Historical Society) want to hear from you. If you are an artist, creative, arts...

Pearces Creek Bridge to be replaced – road closure

The replacement of Pearces Creek Bridge has led to the temporary closure of Eltham Road, at Pearces Creek Bridge for one month from Monday, 23 October.