Strap yourself in! As April sets a fast pace when it comes to taking in the endless arts opportunities on offer.
Open Studios – Ballina, Byron and Beyond.
There really is no better way to learn about the artistic processes of our local artists then visiting them in their studio spaces. Twenty six local artists will be opening their studio doors to share their arts practice on Saturday 27 and Sunday the 28 April and Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. This is a free arts trail, which provides a wonderful arty adventure for the whole family, so grab yourself a map and go exploring.
For more info call Paul Button on 041 890 9203.
The Archibald Portrait Prize comes to Lismore Regional Gallery
18 April – 16 June 2019
Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. The winning artist of the Archibald Prize is presented with an impressive $100,000 in prize money and launched head first into art super-stardom.
The Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Regulations within the art prize state that entries to the Archibald Prize must be painted in the past year from at least one live sitting.
The artworks within this exhibition are historically famous for their large size and scale. In fact the last time the Archibald was exhibited in Lismore they needed to knock down a wall to fit in a super-sized painting of Nick Cave. Let’s hope the installation of this year’s exhibition at the new Lismore Regional Gallery will be a little less dramatic!
Young Archies: A chance for our young artists to shine
As part of the 2018 Archibald Prize regional tour, the Lismore Regional Gallery has provided opportunities for children across our region to create a portrait of a special person in their lives. The Young Archies Competition finalists will have their work exhibited in the Lismore Regional Gallery during the Archibald Prize exhibition. Don’t miss it.
Lennox Arts Collective
Throughout April The Lennox Arts Collective will be showcasing three very exciting local artists who will provide a delicious feast for your eyes.
Bonnie Larden’s exhibition, Home Body, 29 March-11 April
Charlotte Connell’s ceramic exhibition, 12 to 25 April.
Neil Matterson’s exhibition, Coastal Bodies, from 26 April to 9 May, Opening Night 26 April.
Children’s Art Classes
Local artist Fiona Reddoch will be running two school holiday sessions with the theme Food Fun, for younger artists on Tuesday 16 April. Session times are 11-12.30 or 1-2.30pm.
Resin Jewellery Workshop for Adults
Fiona is also running a workshop on 7 April from 10.30-1pm. Participants will learn how to work with resin, developing skills in casting, colouring sanding and polishing. You will go home with two rings and two bangles. Contact Fiona Reddoch for bookings on 0403 841 330.
Narelle Bretherton’s art classes
Mondays 10 am/2hrs/$20/ byo materials
Drop in with something you’d like to work on and receive feedback and guidance in a fun and encouraging casual class. Suitable for all levels.
Northern Rivers Community Gallery
The gallery team are currently in the process of developing a wide range of brilliant arts activities to run throughout the NSW School Holiday period and Youth Week,10 -18 April. Visit www.nrcgballina.com.au to keep updated on these exciting, innovative programs.
Some of our readers have spotted these mini masterpieces around our village, one being of a tiny surfer girl about to take on the waves at the Headland, another of a man enjoying a leisurely spa under a public tap in a sea shell and some wee cows grazing on a power point! (pictured top)
These school holidays make time to explore our village in the hope of discovering these mini masterpieces. If you see any of these art installations please take the time to admire them, capture a photo and send it through to us at The Lennox Wave to keep us posted.