Don’t Miss: Locals in Court


Don’t miss out on the most exciting arts event to hit the Coffs Coast, Art Goes To Court, on November 24th.

Held at the new Courthouse, itself an architectural work of art, the evening of fine wine, food and artistry will see the gardens and foyer transformed. World-class acts promise to entertain including Scott Muller from Ten Tenors fame, John Thiering’s world famous sand paintings and mime and circus acts.

In anticipation of breaking ground on the new regional gallery space, this fundraising event by the Friends of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery will help support the Gallery in building its collection for the community.

On the night, ABC Radio and TV host James Valentine will lead one of his famous “Pub Chats” to discuss some key issues for artists in our regional community.

Some of our local art identities making up the “Pub Chat” panel were quizzed on their thoughts in the lead-up to the event on November 24th.

Jo Besley, curator of our very own gallery, argues the arts is an important part of building a healthier regional community.  “The arts help foster a sense of regional identity, highlighting what’s unique about a particular place and the people who live there,” says Jo.Artists play a crucial role in opening our minds to broader perspectives.

Dave Horsley co-founder of Coffs film phenomenon Screenwave says various cultural events are critical to connecting our community and bringing visitors to the town.

What they all do is give the community a meeting point to come together, to socialize, to discuss what’s important, and to experience new things that may challenge and provoke new ideas.

Belinda Lemair of the Young Actors Studio has been fostering dramatic talent amongst our youth for years and she experiences the challenges for many artists in our regions.

Local artists face challenges like limited access to professional development programs, fewer networking opportunities, and reduced market access.  Without regional arts funding, it’s hard to overcome these barriers.

Art Goes to Court, including James Valentine’s Pub Chat, is on Friday 24 November 2017 from 7pm-10pm.

Tickets are available from FRIENDSCHRG.COM.AU.

$75 per person including all food, wine, beer, and entertainment.