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January 2017

Glasshouse Sprouts 2017

January 14 @ 11:00 am - December 9 @ 12:00 am
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

We LOVE kids at the Glasshouse. While their bodies might still be growing, their imaginations are already gigantic. We are always amazed and inspired by their energy and enthusiasm for all things creative. Bring your kids and come along to one of our Glasshouse Sprouts activities. Glasshouse Sprouts provides art activities in the Regional Gallery for our Glasshouse ‘sprouts’ – helping them grow their creativity, learn new skills and make new friends! The activities are just $5 per child –…

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Craft Spots at the Glasshouse 2017

January 14 @ 1:30 pm - December 9 @ 3:30 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Are you inspired by art, craft and design? Is quirky craft your thing? Have you ever wonder how artists create their work? This workshop is for you! Craft Spots are hands on creative workshops inspired by the current Gallery exhibitions. Each workshop will feature a technique, process or material that will inspire you to create your own creative projects. Workshops are designed for all skill levels and can be a great way to learn something new or brush up on…

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March 2017

Sawtell Family Markets

March 25 @ 8:00 am - September 23 @ 1:00 pm
CWA Hall,
21 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell,

The Sawtell Family Market is held on the 4th Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm. The market is located at the CWA Hall at 21 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell. There are over 30 stalls inside and out selling a vast range of handmade cards, artworks, craft, candles, soap, incense, jewellery, plants, DVD’s/CD’s, homewares as well as delicious cakes, honey and eggs. Grab a bargain with pre-loved books, clothing and other treasures. Come and enjoy a BBQ breakfast and lunch…

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May 2017

Workshops at the Gloucester Gallery

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - September 15 @ 6:00 pm
Gloucester Gallery,
Denison St, Gloucester, NSW,
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Thursday evening art group sessions. The untutored sessions are open to anyone to come along and share their passion. $10per session for GACCI members. $15 for non members. You can join in at any time, just come along with your enthusiasm. Enquiries: 0425 203 877 or see Judy in the Gallery each Thursday.

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June 2017

Dead Flowers Society

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - November 29 @ 7:00 pm
Big Fig Arts - The Bellingen Brewery & Co.,
Up Church Street Lane, Bellingen,

‘Dead Flowers Society’ is a regular, sociable and inspiring drawing session hosted by Big Fig Arts. The relaxed drawing class focuses on a changing arrangement of resourceful and found subjects, dead flowers and other interesting bits and pieces. Sessions are suitable for all skill levels, including absolute beginner and you can choose to self direct or be guided. ‘Dead Flowers Society’ is held in the courtyard of The Bellingen Brewery & Co., up Church Street Lane, Bellingen, every Wednesday evening…

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Winterfest Art Exhibition

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - August 30 @ 12:00 pm
Showground Gallery,
Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour,

‘Winterfest’ Art Exhibition at the Showground Gallery. Showcasing the art of the Coffs Harbour Arts Group members – Acrylics, Calligraphy, Drawing, Fibre Art, Oils, Pastels, Photography, Watercolours, and more – in their second major exhibition for 2017. Opens 12noon on Saturday 24th June at the Coffs Harbour Showground Gallery. Join us for hot soup & crusty rolls. Free Entry. All welcome. The Exhibition runs until August 30th., Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. For further information visit our…

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July 2017

ACO Virtual – Australian Chamber Orchestra at the Slim Dusty Centre

July 1 - August 30
Slim Dusty Centre - Nulla Nulla Gallery,
490 Macleay Valley, South Kempsey,

ACO Virtual is the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ground-breaking virtual orchestra. This interactive, immersive experience transports the visitor and audience into a world of sublime music by Bach, Grieg, Roger Smalley and Astor Piazolla. Imagine standing on stage surrounded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians, watching bows and fingers fly, feeling the bass line, or hearing the exquisite tones of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti’s Guarneri del Gesu violin up close. Visitors can stand among the thirteen projections of the musicians,…

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Operation Art – 2017 Touring Exhibition

July 1 - August 27
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education. This program encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. It is an important visual arts exhibition that focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients. Over 800 artworks are submitted annually and they are all exhibited at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park. A panel of judges selected these…

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Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude

July 7 - October 15
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

Entries are now invited for the 13th Biennial Manning Art Prize 2017 with a major acquisitive prize of $16,000. Conditions of entry and entry form can be found online at www.friendsmanningvalley.com.au. Close of entries is 7 July 2017. Gala opening and announcement of winners 2 September 2017. For more information call the Manning Regional Gallery on 6592 5455 or email info@friendsmanningvalley.com.au.

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Being Tiwi

July 8 - September 3
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Being Tiwi brings together prints and paintings by nine artists from Australia’s Tiwi Islands. Located to the north of Darwin in the Northern Territory at the juncture of the Arafura and Timor Seas, Bathurst and Melville Islands are home to the Tiwi people – the fiercely independent, culturally unique, traditional owners of the land. ‘Tiwi’ loosely translates as ‘one people’, and island culture is characterised by a shared belief in the need to keep Tiwi customs alive. The artworks in…

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Gallery 2453: July-August Exhibition

July 8 @ 10:00 am - August 30 @ 2:00 pm
Gallery 2453,
59 Hickory Street, Dorrigo,

Enjoy a fresh, vibrant exhibition of artwork by Dorrigo Plateau artists and artisans. The July-August Exhibition includes paintings, pastels, and prints by Chris Hundt, Colleen FitzGerald, Di Clark, Connie Crane, Warren Brisley, Louise Stanton, Caroline Allshorn, and John Newstead. There are beatiful scarves and beanies by local spinner-weavers Anita Williams and Raga Brown, beautiful glassware by Helen Holt, and hand-made jewellery by Stephen Viola and Katiuska Cruz. Plus, a selection of cards by local artists, including displays of pressed wildflowers…

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Satu Bushell ‘Perpetual Motion’

July 20 - August 27
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

Exhibition Dates: 20 July to 27 August 2017 Perpetual Motion is an installation developed from Satu’s interest in the environment. Previously she has concentrated on the effects of the ecological footprint of humans on the environment. Now she has started looking at the way we perceive ourselves in relationship to the earth. Perpetual Motion puts a focus on the significance of the individual and the way in which they perceive themselves physically and emotionally, and how that plays an important…

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Amber Carbury + Laura Southwell ‘Coalescence’

July 20 - August 27
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia

Exhibition Dates: 20 July – 27 August This exhibition encapsulates the journey between two life-long friends and the unique interpretations gathered from similar experiences and interests. As a title, Coalescence implies an affinity in merging elements which results in an organic entity. As an entity, this body of work speaks of the coalescence of seemingly opposing natural concepts that are more human constructs to define boundaries. These boundaries are solidified in a moment in time, and entertained through reference to…

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August 2017

Meredith Woolnough – Foliate

August 4 - September 10
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Foliate In March 2017 textile artist Meredith Woolnough was the Glasshouse Artist in Residence. Meredith Woolnough’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the delicate beauty of nature in knotted embroidery threads. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches she creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes, just like preserved specimens. Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in the autumn leaves Meredith collected during her stay here in Port Macquarie. Woolnough’s embroideries represent both the…

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Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition

August 6 - September 2
Trial Bay Gaol,
Arakoon, Australia

The annual Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition, now in its 9th year, will once again be transformed into a dramatic artistic landscape with sculptures displayed throughout the Gaol site. The exhibition is on from Sunday 6th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017 and is held at Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks. This year NPWS is partnering with the SWR Chamber of Commerce to present this popular exhibition. This is a fantastic opportunity for artists to reach a broad audience…

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Experimental Printmaking – evening classes with Wendy Stokes

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - September 27 @ 8:30 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Get Creative Experimental Printmaking – evening classes with Wendy Stokes Join Wendy each Wednesday for eight weeks exploring a range of experimental printmaking techniques. I am both a participant and observer of the ocean and shoreline on a daily basis. What has brought me to making images are also experiences drawing from memory and the layered history of place. The printmaking process involves masking, scraping, layering, soaking and washing which parallel the fluid elements of place. I am also interested…

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Feather Fur and Other Things – In the Studio Jacaranda House Creative Hub

August 11 - 31
Jacaranda House Creative Hub,
39 Cameron St, Wauchope,

Feather, Fur and Other Things: Colleen Werner Colleen is a local artist living at Birdwood, in the Upper Hastings. She had exhibited for many years throughout Australia and internationally. Watercolour is Colleen’s preferred medium. Her inspiration is mainly sourced from nature. She is an elected member of The Australian Watercolour Institute. As well as a member of The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, The Queensland Wildlife Art Society, The Botanical Art Society of Australia and The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney…

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August 11 - September 9
The Art Factory,
2/151 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia

We are excited to be presenting this upcoming exhibition of work by Nichoblas Daunt to celebrate his artistic career and the occasion of his 80th birthday. Exhibition Opening 11th August 6pm

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29th Rotary Cartoon Awards at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery

August 11 @ 10:00 am - October 1 @ 4:00 pm
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery,
John Champion Way (off City Hill Drive), Coffs Harbour,

Once again, The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is proud to be hosting the upcoming 29th Rotary Cartoon Awards. Always fiercely competitive, this year with more than 360 entrants in six categories, the judges’ decisions were difficult but the outcome is sure to please. Come and join us on Awards Night, 12th August, when we announce the category winners, and of course the Cartoonist of the Year. If you can’t make opening night, be sure to come along to the Gallery any…

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“Icons – The Art of David Brooker”

August 12 @ 9:00 am - September 7 @ 12:00 pm
Ultragrafik Fine Art Gallery,
25/27 Hay Street, Port Macquarie,

Icons is an exhibition of celebrity portraits brought to life on paper by artist David Brooker. The exhibition of drawings and paintings is free to enter and all works are framed and for sale at prices starting at only $320!

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Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection, Jonathan Crowther, Jane Wilson

August 18 - September 23
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
Corner Coffs & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Be surprised by the gems to be found in the gallery’s own collection and see new work by artists Jonathan Crowther and Jane Wilson. Recent works by 2015 EMSLA winner Jonathan Crowther investigate the relationship between the digital image and painting, and the way we relate to objects around us through the intermediary of the screen. Using texture and layers of tone and colour, Jane Wilson explores the figurative subject. How our experiences of joy, confusion and loss are often…

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From Hardwoods to Soft Cottons

August 24 - October 21
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum,
215 Harbour Drive (old Courthouse building), Coffs Harbour, 2450 2450 Australia

Rescheduled - 24 August – 21 October. Showcasing photographs and rich collections of objects from Coffs Harbour’s early timber industry alongside personal and household textiles created by women for their families, Hardwoods to Soft Cottons highlights the differing experiences of work for men and women in the early days of settlement. While timber was one of our foundation industries, the domestic work of women also built this city. Explore the contrast between the “hard yakka” of timber work and the delicacy…

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Coffs Harbour Heat – Australian Poetry Slam 2017

August 24 @ 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Harry Bailey Memorial Library,
Crn Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia

ARE YOU THE NEXT NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION? SPEAK, SCREAM, HOWL, WHISPER OR SING your poems, stories, lyrics and monologues in Australian Poetry Slam 2017 a live literary performance program where the audience is the judge! Anyone can participate: all you need is your voice. Writers and performers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories. Slam heats are being held in…

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Paper is Alive: The untold potential of paper

August 26 - September 29
Sunset Gallery,
2/11 Murray street, Port Macquarie,

Paper is Alive: The untold potential of paper This exhibition will be one of the most amazing to date this year. With 3d artwork and imaginative framing it wont be like anything we have exhibited so far and it will amaze your visual senses and delight your imagination. Truly not an exhibition to be missed. Charlotte has a story to tell about herself and how she got to be creating art as she does, we are here to help her…

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