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February 2018

Hungarian Residential by John Tuckwell

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sawtell Art Gallery,
Cr Lyons & Bayldon Roads, opp Sawtell Bowling Club, Sawtell, NSW 2452 Australia

Last year John Tuckwell, Ceramic Artist, spent two months at the International Ceramic Studios, Kecskemet, Hungary. John’s talk will cover his life and work over those two months. We will be jealous to hear of his large studio, all to himself, friendly technical assistants and every type of kiln you can imagine at your disposal. The studio is a pleasant walk from the centre of a lively, arty town. Hear about the food markets, Museum Nights, Galleries – and every…

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Artist Talk with Tony Mott Rock Photographer

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Join rock photographer Tony Mott as he shares aspects of the rock’n’roll lifestyle through his camera lens. Gallery talks are free and provide a unique opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about the exhibitions in a fun and informal atmosphere. Free with a morning tea. Bookings essential, call 6581 8888 or book online. WHAT A LIFE! ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY MOTT Exhibition on view 10 February – 2 April 2018. Australia’s premier rock photographer, Tony Mott, has captured…

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January 2018

Neon Local Sneak Peek

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Neon Local artists will be working in the Gallery space on Sunday 14 January and on Sunday 21 January, 11am – 2pm. Come and have a sneak peek into their artistic practice. Neon Local Neon Local celebrates the creative talent of the Mid North Coast in an exhibition of new work by Adam Murray, Claire Johnson, Ainslie Ivin-Smith and Sarah Mufford. As part of this exhibition each artist will be spending time in the exhibition space creating, and providing an…

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Glass – Art & Reflection – Still Life Talk

December 14, 2017 @ 10:30 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Still life art can reveal the presence, beauty and history of everyday objects that surround us. John Bennett’s illustrated talks, Peeling the Lemon and Glass – Art & Reflection, will stimulate your appreciation of Still. In these illustrated talks, John gives an entertaining account of the multifaceted nature of the still life genre, from Elizabeth Cummings to Coorte, Morandi to Magritte, Andy Warhol to Zurbarán and the current show. Manet and Mattisse were mesmerised by the Dutch masters who developed…

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Peeling the Lemon – Still Life Talk

December 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Still life art can reveal the presence, beauty and history of everyday objects that surround us. John Bennett’s illustrated talks, Peeling the Lemon and Glass – Art & Reflection, will stimulate your appreciation of Still. In these illustrated talks, John gives an entertaining account of the multifaceted nature of the still life genre, from Elizabeth Cummings to Coorte, Morandi to Magritte, Andy Warhol to Zurbarán and the current show. Manet and Mattisse were mesmerised by the Dutch masters who developed…

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Glasshouse Regional Gallery Presents Neon Summer Artist Forum

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Neon Summer Artist Forum. Meet our Neon Summer artists in this informal and free session in the Neon Summer Gallery. Saturday 2 December, 10am. FREE. Bookings essential. Book now: online or call the box office on 0265 818888. Neon Summer. This January the Glasshouse will light up with Neon Summer, come and explore how contemporary art can inspire our imagination by creating a dazzling world through vivid colour, magnificent form and breathtaking fantasy. The Regional Gallery will be transformed into…

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November 2017

Guided Tour of Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Exhibition PM

November 26, 2017 @ 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Gallery and Museum Coordinator, Cath Fogarty, for a guided tour of the inaugural Still: National Still Life Award. Hear about the decision to open the award up to all mediums, the still life genre, more about the artists, and this year’s selection process.

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Theory vs Practice: The Value of Art Education

November 26, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Gallery Co-ordinator, Cath Fogarty, and Still: National Still Life Award finalists, Louise Allerton, Sassy Park, and Terri Butterworth, for an informal discussion about the benefits of art school. Louise Allerton and Sassy Park are both established artists who have returned to art school to undertake Postgraduate study at the National Art School. Find out how this return to art school has informed their practice, the value of theory in evolving your practice as both new and established artists. Terri…

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Watercolour Demonstration – Still Life for Beginners

November 26, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Still: National Still Life Award finalist, Tanya Baily for a demonstration on creating contemporary still life paintings with watercolour. Tanya Baily paints almost exclusively in Watercolour and across a range of subject matter. She has been a finalist in a number of National Art Prizes, exhibiting in private galleries in Sydney, in group and solo shows. Tanya is a devoted art educator, and runs regular classes and workshops in Watercolour painting and Portraiture at a number of Art Schools…

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Artist Talk with Still: National Still Life Award Judge Lisa Slade

November 26, 2017 @ 10:45 am - 11:30 am
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

STILL: National Still Life Award is the only art award of its kind in Australia and this year, attracted over 600 entries from across Australia from artists at all stages of their careers. Come along on Sunday and join the conversation with exhibition judge Lisa Slade and Still finalists, Merran Esson, Ronnie Grammatica, and Kiata Mason. Our guest judge Lisa Slade is the Assistant Director, Artistic Programmes, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. This year Lisa judged the Hadley’s…

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Guided Tour of Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Exhibition AM

November 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Gallery and Museum Curator, Jo Besley, for a guided tour of the inaugural Still: National Still Life Award. Hear about the decision to open the award up to all mediums, the still life genre, more about the artists, and this year’s selection process.

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Still Art Thou Contemporary? Demonstration with Laura E Kennedy

November 26, 2017 @ 1:45 am - 2:45 pm
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Still: National Still Life Award finalist, Laura E Kennedy for a demonstration of her unique style of work. Emerging Artist Laura E. Kennedy creates realistic drawings using coloured pencils and other media on panel. Kennedy has developed a unique approach to using her regularly devalued medium of choice. This process allows her to build up layers of sheer colour using spray lacquer that also protects her surface without the need for glazing. This technique allows her drawings to forge…

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Sunday Bites – ARTIST SPEAK

November 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bellingen Brewery & Co,
3/5 Church St, Bellingen,

SUNDAY BITES AN ILLUSTRATED SUNDAY BITES SPECIAL EVENT 6.30 to 7.30pm at the BELLINGEN BREWERY CO ARTIST SPEAK 12 local Artists have 5 minutes each in what can be best described as a cross between ‘Meet the Artist’ & speed dating. As part of the Open Up To Art weekend of the 11th & 12th November, local artists will show images and comment on: – their influences – how or where they work – one or two of their own…

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October 2017

SUNDAY BITES – Dr John Bennett

October 22, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Nexus Community Arts Gallery,
1 Doepel St, Bellingen,

Sunday 22 October Dr. John Bennett ‘Ruins – Strange Attractors’ Ruins may be anonymous or icons marketed as cultural treasures, yet ruins fascinate us, why? John has explored ruins from Palmyra to Karnak, Krak des Chevaliers to Montezuma Castle, Skara Brae to Uxmál, Great Zimbabwe to Petra, Persepolis, the Great Wall of China and the leaning Bello cowshed. His illustrated talk suggests that what Henry James called a ‘heartless passion’ can furnish nostalgia, post-apocalyptic warning, trigger amazement and adventure, or…

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2017 Venice Biennale Slide Night with Gallery Curator Niomi Sands

October 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

The 57thVenice Biennale exhibition Viva Arte Viva features 120 invited artists, 103 of these are participating for the first time, 86 National Participations, Special Projects, and 23 Collateral Events exhibited in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice. The Exhibition offers a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini, followed by seven more…

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September 2017

Artist Talk – Deb Mansfield, Alex Riske and JP Willis

September 30, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and Gallery Curator, Jo Besley, and exhibiting artists, Deb Mansfield, Alex Riske & JP Willis for an informal talk and Q&A panel session. Bring your questions for this relaxed, informative session. Explore the visions of these three artists whose work blur the boundaries between the digital and the handmade in unexpected ways. Paintings appear like photographs; patterns and images we expect to be computer-generated are instead hand-drawn; and found images are transformed into photo tapestries,…

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Artist Talk: Blak Douglas – Black Mist Burnt Country

September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Glasshouse Port Macquarie,
Corner of Clarence & Hay Street, Port Macquarie,

Join artist Blak Douglas as he talks about his arts practice and his response to atomic testing and his involvement in the development of the exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art. Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s. Selected from public and private collections the exhibition features artworks from the past seven decades:…

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The Watershed – book launch

September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harry Bailey Memorial Library,
Crn Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia

The Watershed, Chris Armstrong’s limited edition, hand-bound book is a collection of seven poems reflecting the beauty of the wilderness locations the poems were conceived in – Ebor Falls and the Guy Fawkes River valley, the Nymboida River, Mt Killiekrankie near Bellingen, Werrikimbe National Park, and the stunning cool temperate rainforest within New England National Park. This is no ordinary, traditional poetry chapbook. It is unique binding of place, imagery, language and love for our local landscape. Each poem is…

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The Watershed Book Launch & Poetry Reading

September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Harry Bailey Memorial Library,
Crn Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia
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Thursday, 21 September 2017, 6.00 – 7.30pm – Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Coffs Harbour In 2015 Coffs Harbour poet, Chris Armstrong, won an Emerging Writers Mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors, for her manuscript, The Watershed. In the same year, she was named runner-up in the nationally renowned Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets and now, in 2017, her award-winning poems have been released in a limited edition hand-bound book to be officially launched on 21 September…

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Curator Talk: Black Mist Burnt Country – JD Mittmann

September 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Glasshouse Port Macquarie,
Corner of Clarence & Hay Street, Port Macquarie,

Join exhibition curator JD Mittmann on a tour of the exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art, where he discusses the exhibition development and how artists responded to the topic of atomic testing. Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s. Selected from public and private collections the exhibition features artworks from the past seven…

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SUNDAY BITES – Sjoerd Van Der Meulen

September 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Nexus Community Gallery,
Old Butter Factory, Bellingen 2454,

SUNDAY BITES – SJOERD VAN DER MEULEN “Paul Klee: painting with music in mind” “I am a painter!”, Paul Klee (1879-1940) exclaimed when he had found his artistic direction. Being also a first class violinist, trained in the best traditions of European music, it had not been easy to decide on a professional career path for this multi-talented Swiss artist. For us, it is most fascinating how in various ways Klee’s musical thinking influenced his visual art. All welcome –…

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Artist Talk: Ryan Pennings – Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

September 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Glasshouse Port Macquarie,
Corner of Clarence & Hay Street, Port Macquarie,

Join artist Ryan Pennings as he talks about his arts practice and his involvement in the development of the exhibition Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future. Ryan Pennings is an Industrial Designer from Melbourne, Australia; with an avid interest in robotic fabrication and algorithmic design. His curiosity in robotic fabrication and its application to product design is a key focus of his work. Ryan has created products that range from algorithmically driven ceramics to robotically 3D printed furniture, and showcase the…

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August 2017

Artist Talk with Jo Besley, Jonathan Crowther & Jane Wilson

August 19, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Join Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and Gallery Curator, Jo Besley, and exhibiting artists, Jonathan Crowther and Jane Wilson for an informal talk and Q&A panel session. Hear about the history of the Gallery’s collection of artworks, which pre-dates the Gallery itself, as Jo Besley highlights the importance of collections for regional art galleries. Enjoy a lively discussion about the processes and techniques of Jonathan Crowther and Jane Wilson. Jonathan is a contemporary still life realist painter and winner of the…

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SUNDAY BITES – Tony Wickert

August 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Nexus Gallery,
Bellingen Butter Factory, Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia

SUNDAY BITES A free cultural event Sunday August 13th – 3.30 to 4.30pm Nexus Gallery Bellingen Tony Wickert ‘What do film editors do and how do they do it?’ Continuing his series on talks on how films are constructed, Tony Wickert, using film extracts, will illustrate how skilful editing makes films alluring, suspenseful and dramatic.

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