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December 2018

Tasma Theatre: Coffs Harbour’s Jewel

December 14, 2018 - March 16, 2019
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum,
215 Harbour Drive (old Courthouse building), Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Cinema has played an important role in the cultural life of Coffs Harbour, from the travelling shows played in the School of Arts and open air screenings at Fitzroy Stadium, to the saving of Sawtell Cinema and the Screenwave International Film Festival. In the Museum’s latest exhibition, The Tasma Theatre – Coffs Harbour’s Jewel, we take a look at the history of the Tasma Theatre, the dream of two of the most colourful figures in the story of cinema in…

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January 20192019

JADA – Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

January 17 - March 3
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) promotes excellence in contemporary Australian drawing. JADA showcases the central importance of drawing as a practice in its own right and creates a platform for experimentation and innovation. Since 1998 the JADA exhibition has toured throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia, travelling to several regional and metropolitan galleries during the two years between awards. JADA is Grafton Regional Gallery’s flagship biennial art prize graciously sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery. The 2018 JADA…

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Rock and Atmosphere

January 18 @ 12:00 am - February 28 @ 11:00 pm
Planet Art,
37a Little Street, Coffs Harbour,

A collection of paintings by artist Leonard Aitken.

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Habitat Art Exhibition

January 26 - February 23
Sawtell Art Gallery,
Cr Lyons & Bayldon Roads, opp Sawtell Bowling Club, Sawtell, NSW 2452 Australia

“An open exhibition exploring the theme of Habitat. Where do we live? How do we live? How do we enjoy our Habitat. What do we love about our Habitat? How do we preserve our habitat for the future? Artists are invited to freely interpret the theme of Habitat. Artists are also invited to submit a brief explanation of their art work which will be included on the name tag. This is not mandatory. Artists are encouraged to provide a picture…

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Seven Ways of Seeing

January 29 - February 25
Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery,
Kinchela Street, Gladstone,

Seven Ways of Seeing 29th January-25th February 2019 A diverse Exhibition presenting Seven Hastings Valley Award Winning Artists. Works range from realism to expressionism through an exploration of media and subject. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments on Sunday 3rd February & Sunday 17th February. Artists are: Barbara Atkins, Stewart Hambrett, Kim Madden, Brian Barker, Rita Carosi, Jill Cairns, Graeme Cox Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am and 4.00pm an artist will be available each day to discuss their work…

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‘All Around Us’ Exhibition of works by Cecelia Hwang and Mee Lee – 31st Jan to 24th Feb

January 31 - February 24
Gloucester Gallery,
Denison St, Gloucester, NSW,

The exhibition opening celebration will be Saturday 2nd February 12.30. Everyone is welcome. Cecelia and Mee are both Korean born artists now living in Sydney, and will exhibit their fine works representing their love of nature and all that is around us. Mee uses a Korean technique of layering fine Hanji paper made from mulberry trees to create her delicate images. Cecelia, a member of the Royal Art Society is also an accomplished and talented artist using painting, drawing, printing…

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February 2019

co.lab.arts: Work in Process

February 1 - March 2
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

A painter, a photographer and an arts therapist come together to work collaboratively on a project exploring and documenting a creative journey. Their process embraces uncertainty, experiential creation and play in art making. The resulting exhibition is an engaging, multimodal installation of photographs, working journals, paintings and sculptures created by the three women involved, Ruth Ackary, Jay Black and Karlee Rawkins.

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New Year, New Work

February 1 - March 2
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Featuring over 50 local artists, New Year: New Work reveals the vitality and diversity of the Coffs Coast arts community and brings art and business together. Presented as a partnership of the Regional Gallery, Friends of the Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, each artwork is supported by a local business. The artists have had free rein to create what they want with a square piece of plywood – be inspired by their imagination. With new works from:…

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Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Art Award

February 1 - March 29
Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance,
Innovation Hub, Coffs Harbour,

The Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award (SWFWAAA) aims to promote Aboriginal art from the Saltwater Freshwater region of the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance (SWFW) invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, and Dhanggatti and Gumbaynggirr nations to enter this biennial award. Artists may enter up to two entries in any medium in two-dimensional format created in 2017 or 2018 for the award. The Award winner will be…

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Core Crew

February 5 - March 8
The Art Space Urunga,
13 Bonville Street, Urunga,

A new exhibition at The Art Space Urunga Core Crew Why on earth would any artist want to mop floors, paint walls, and spend their weekends hanging and rehanging paintings? The answer is because they help run a community gallery. A relentless but nevertheless much loved beast which devours spare time and needs constant feeding! These are the artists who have “made it happen” at the Art Space Urunga over the last 18 months. The new exhibition -“Core Crew”- honours…

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Discovery Fe26

February 9 - March 17
Glasshouse Port Maquarie,
Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Maquarie,

Discovery FE26 exhibition, Inspired by 200 years since John Oxley undertook the first major exploration of the interior of NSW. In so doing, his party were the first Europeans to discover the local peoples and their environment. In return these people discovered Europeans and their ways. Discovery has positive and negative aspects, the ramifications of this have spread through 200 years and unavoidably persist in our modern society, regionally and nationally. This exhibition explores the various aspects of discovery through…

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

February 16 - April 21
Glasshouse,
cnr Clarence and Hay St, Port Macquarie,

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. Now in its eleventh year, this annual exhibition draws from entries submitted by photographers across Australia. This year 43 photos were selected from an astounding 3,224 entries to form the exhibition. The National Portrait Gallery aims to increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture…

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From Somewhere: Todd Fuller

February 16 - April 21
Glasshouse,
cnr Clarence and Hay St, Port Macquarie,

From Somewhere, is an exhibition by Sydney based artist Todd Fuller. In this period Fuller reflected on his early memories to the area, holidaying with his family as a child. With the memories of the sea air and the sense of freedom it brings in his mind, Fuller went onto produce a body of work that would encapsulate this sense of nostalgia. This quest led to discovering the local story of Harry Thompson, the unofficial caretaker of Shelly Beach. To…

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Claire Johnson: Ode to a woman

February 16 @ 12:00 am - April 22 @ 11:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

On View: 16 February – 22 April 2019 Claire Johnson is a ceramic artist and painter currently based on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Claire completed a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in ceramics at UNSW Art and Design in November 2014. Her work is a homage to lovers, the idea of the gesture, movement, personal experience and femininity. Claire has also worked on larger scale commercial projects which can be seen at Green Park Hotel Darlinghurst, Public House…

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TREVOR WEEKES – RHAPSODY IN THE FLOATING WORLD

February 17 - March 1
Nexus Community Gallery,
Old Butter Factory, Bellingen 2454,

Celebrated prize-winning painter, sculptor and works on paper artist, Trevor Weekes is exhibiting at Nexus from February 17 – March 1st in a beautiful show, ‘Rhapsody in the Floating World’. Trevor is inspired by the ability of animals and birds to adapt and evolve to ever changing environments. His work is extensively represented in public collections as well as in private collections in the USA, Britain, Spain and Australia. Trevor’s work can fetch many thousands of dollars. In Bellingen, however,…

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Co.Lab.arts: Creative Discussion & Experiential Exercise

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffs Harbour Art Gallery,
Cnr Coff & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour,

An invitation for practicing and aspiring artists to engage in a discussion about giving oneself permission to play; to tap into ones creative wellspring. The three artists involved will discuss their process-based exhibition with time for questions followed by a short experiential exercise. The focus of the talk is how working collaboratively can enrich individual creative practice. The artists will unpack how they embraced uncertainty through the process, courted the muse and fed the joy of creative play. They will…

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co.lab.arts: work in process exhibition opening

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffs Harbour Art Gallery,
Cnr Coff & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour,

A painter, a photographer and an arts therapist come together to work collaboratively on a project exploring and documenting a creative journey. Their process embraces uncertainty, experiential creation and play in art making. The resulting exhibition is an engaging, multimodal installation of photographs, working journals, paintings and sculptures created by the three women involved, Ruth Ackary, Jay Black and Karlee Rawkins. This is a FREE event! Bookings are essential

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Let me take you there

February 28
Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery,
Kinchela Street, Gladstone,

Local artist Fred Bullen’s exhibition of over 60 paintings, prints and sculptures will give you the opportunity to explore places you haven’t yet visited or remind you of places which will bring a heartfelt memory. So, as the exhibition name says: ‘Let me take you there’ at the Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery in Gladstone.

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March 2019

Peter Schouten – Into the Wild

March 7 - April 14
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

This exhibition explores works from three of Peter’s publications “A Gap in Nature”, “Astonishing Animals” and the most recent release “End of the Megafauna”, and includes some of the extraordinary large scale paintings depicting life-sized creatures. Peter Schouten is a Wildlife artist, author, natural history illustrator and paleontological illustrator who has been living and working in Bobin, Manning Valley for 16 years. Peter has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, which is the rebuilding of…

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Jenny Catt + Angela Tay – Paradise of Waters, Movements and Impermanence

March 7 - April 14
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

Two artists have created complementary bodies of work exploring saltwater and freshwater spaces in the landscape and the intriguing relationship humans have with these environments. There are two themes explored in Jennifer Catt’s paintings. One is what Professor George Seddon referred to as “the dissonance between expressed perception of the environment in Australia and environmental behaviour”. Australians “love” the bush, and commonly call it fragile yet our desire to be in it and unravel its mysteries will destroy it. The…

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2019 International Women’s Day Art Exhibition

March 7 - 17
Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery,
Kinchela Street, Gladstone,

What better way to celebrate “BalanceforBetter” for International Women’s Day 2019 than with an art exhibition. Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery is once again excited to celebrate how awesome women are as artists, in any medium eg painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, wood work, metal work, photography, quilting or floral art. The exhibition is non – competitive and is open to all women artists in the Mid North Coast region. We aim to celebrate the positives for International Women’s Day by…

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BalanceforBetter

March 7 @ 8:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Maclean Valley Community Art Gallery Gladstone,
5 Kinchela st, Gladstone NSW,
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What better way to celebrate “BalanceforBetter” for International Women’s Day 2019 than with an art exhibition. Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery is once again excited to celebrate how awesome women are as artists, in any medium eg painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, wood work, metal work, photography, quilting or floral art. The exhibition is non – competitive and is open to all women artists in the Mid North Coast region. We aim to celebrate the positives for International Women’s Day by…

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Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man – JamFactory Icon

March 8 - May 4
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Gerry Wedd enjoys a national reputation for his hand-built ceramics that brim with a dry wit, swinging from the humorous to darkly disturbing. From his beginnings at the kitchen table to his work with the iconoclastic surf-wear company Mambo, Wedd draws his craft from personal interests and experiences – surfing foremost among these. His ceramic pieces, both functional and sculptural, are vessels for storytelling about history, politics, music and popular culture. Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man – JamFactory Icon 2016 is…

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Ripped Off

March 8 - May 4
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Artist Gerry Wedd, who is also a dedicated surfer, has long used the images of pioneering surf photographer John Witzig on his ceramic objects. Witzig’s photographs of surfing in the 1960s and 70s now have the status of cultural icons, capturing surfing’s “golden era”. In this exhibition, four artists, who also happen to surf, have created new works in response to Witzig’s extraordinary archive. Featuring Jon Campbell, Robert Moore, Gerry Wedd and Ozzie Wright, plus new work by John Witzig.

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