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Festivals return to the North Coast

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Nimbin MardiGrass
Festivals return to the North Coast

Festivals return to the North Coast

By Christine Tondorf

THE biggest Northern Rivers event since the pandemic started was held in Nimbin over the weekend – MardiGrass.
Organisers say a crowd of about 2500 attended the protest festival, which calls for the reform of Australia’s cannabis laws.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the size of the crowd had exceeded organisers’ expectations.
“It was a beautiful, peaceful protest,” Mr Balderstone said.

MardiGrass, which began 28 years ago, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year it took place just four weeks after the NSW Health Minster signed a public health order stopping Byron Bay’s Bluesfest from proceeding.

“It was pretty nerve racking the last few weeks,” Mr Balderstone said.

“We had lots of talks with police and health and council, but we got the green light.”

Festivals return to the North CoastMr Balderstone said in previous years MardiGrass attracted up to 10,000 people but this year the crowd was capped at 3000 due to Covid regulations.
Lismore City Council public health officer Cameron Smith said MardiGrass organisers had been happy to put together a Covid plan for an outdoor event, which included QR code registering.
“The organisers were very receptive to council’s suggestions because they wanted a positive successful event to go ahead, and we wanted everyone to go home healthy and safe. We don’t want anything to happen in the region which might impact other events as they come back online.”

Upcoming festivals planned for the Northern Rivers include the Mullumbimby Renew Fest (May 7 -9), the Byron Comedy Fest (May 13-16) and the Northern Rivers Crystal and Craft Festival (June 12 -14). The Falls Festival and the Byron Bay Writers Festival are also on track to be held in winter.
The NSW Labor Opposition is lobbying the State Government to offer financial support to Bluesfest. Shadow Minister for Music John Graham said a business interruption fund was needed for festival organisers to confidently plan large-scale events without risking huge losses.

Mr Balderstone said the only downside to MardiGrass was the number of police drug testing sites set up around the town, with many people charged with drug offences.
This complaint was echoed by Greens NSW Upper House members Cate Faehrmann and David Shoebridge.
“Dozens of police are targeting every car driving into MardiGrass with random roadside drug testing,” Ms Faehrmann wrote on social media.
“What a stupid pointless waste of public money just to ruin innocent lives.”

Mr Shoebridge wrote, “Nimbin during MardiGrass is a safe supporting and positive community. It’s also grossly over policed, especially on the road in and out with squads of police and multiple police vans at every entry.”
Former Lismore magistrate David Heilpern said both Ms Faehrmann and Mr Shoebridge were also drug tested by police over the weekend.

“Clearly the police are trying to shut MardiGrass down by using the road traffic laws to deter people from coming,” Mr Heilpern said.
“It is not a road safety operation – it is a prohibition agenda.

“I’m sure the real criminals of the Northern Rivers were delighted that huge police resources were thrown into this victimless crime.
“A ring of testing vehicles surrounded Nimbin for the weekend. What a waste of resources.
“There is absolutely no evidence that drug detection testing leads to less road trauma.”

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Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

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2021 Les Peterkin Portrait Prize - 1st prize (11-13 years) Mahli Burdett with her portrait entitled Colours of Me, Uki Public School.

Selfies rule as primary school students share their portraits

3089 artworks, 32 schools, 6 judges and 42 major winners in contest

#Selfies rule as the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize returns to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre from today.
The exhibition is a celebration of the enormous artistic talent and creative vision of our local primary schools and opens today, following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and runs until 28 November 2021.

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony's Primary School, for his portrait entitled 'Hoodie Boy'

First place (8-10 years) was taken out by Alex Todan, from St Anthony’s Primary School, for his portrait entitled ‘Hoodie Boy’

This year the prize attracted a high number of entries and participating schools. Working on the theme #Selfie, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images capturing themselves in settings that highlight their interests, life and character.
The 2021 judges included local artists Caz McDougal and Vira Higgins, Friends of the Gallery committee members Rose Wilsher and Malcom Reid, and Tyalgum Public School representatives and retired school principals Rebecca McGuren and Peter Meadows. The judges were amazed by the creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition.
Prize Coordinator Marianne Galluzzo said: “I am extremely impressed by the enormous number of entries received and the effort of every child who entered the competition”.
“The judging was a very lively process, with special emphasis placed on selecting the most original and creative illustrations. This year’s theme set out to expand the imaginations of our aspiring young artists and allowed them to explore the form of self-expression by highlighting key moments, developments, and motivations through portraiture.”
The prize is named after legendary local artist and art teacher Les Peterkin and is made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council and Tyalgum Public School, with assistance from Friends of the

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry 'This is Me'.

First place (5-7 years) was awarded to Matilda Bailey, from Murwillumbah East Public School, for her entry ‘This is Me’.

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre, Derivan – maker of quality artist materials; School Art Supplies – leading supplier of art and craft materials; and Bunnings, Tweed Heads South. Last, but certainly not least, the prize would not be possible without the enthusiasm of art-loving parents, volunteers and teachers.
First place winners for the 3age categories are: Matilda Bailey (5-7 yrs) from Murwillumbah East Public School; Alex Todan (8-10 yrs) from St Anthony’s Primary School; and Mahli Burdett (11-13 yrs) from Uki Public School.
Each prize winner, along with the creators of 39 other award-winning and commended works, will have the thrill of seeing their artworks professionally displayed on the Gallery’s walls. A further 200 outstanding works will be on display in folios for the duration of the exhibition.
In response to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a prize-giving ceremony was held at each student’s individual school. An online presentation showcasing the winning portraits for this year’s prize can be viewed on the Gallery’s website.

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

MCA presents national exhibition tour of Australian Chinese Artist Lindy Lee at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Following a successful season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney, the Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop exhibition, is touring nationally to five venues across Australia: Western Plains Cultural Centre (NSW), Lismore Regional Gallery (NSW), Artspace Mackay (QLD), Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS) and John Curtin Gallery (WA), supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Curated by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop is the largest survey exhibition of Lindy Lee’s works to date. The result of a close collaboration between the artist and curator, the exhibition features key artworks from the 1980s to the present, including several new works created specifically for the exhibition tour.

Lindy Lee works across painting, sculpture, installation and public art. She draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism. Lindy Lee works from her studio based on Arakwal Country in Northern NSW.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: ‘We are thrilled to tour Lindy Lee’s work across Australia and introduce new audiences to one of Australia’s most important and influential artists. Lindy has had a long association with the MCA, with the first works entering the collection in 1995, through to a major presence in the opening exhibition of the expanded MCA, in 2012. A survey bringing together all aspects of her work is timely. She is an artist who weaves together her personal experience of living between two cultures to create highly evocative works which are especially relevant in today’s Australia.’

Lindy Lee added: ‘It has been a great honour to have such a comprehensive survey of my work at the MCA. I am also excited to take the exhibition to some of Australia’s finest regional galleries and to share my work with new audiences.’

The artist has created a number of new artworks for the exhibition tour including Water + Water (2020), a large paper work created using natural elements of fire and water; and Untitled (2020), an installation comprising of small sculptures individually created by the artist by hand-pouring molten bronze.

Other highlights include Equanimity (No More Struggles in the Ocean of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’) (2017), a polished stainless-steel sculpture pierced with hundreds of tiny holes, illuminated from the centre the perforations are transformed into stars to create its own constellation. The key photographic work The Seamless Tomb (Wearing An Iron Yoke That Has No Hole) (2017), which reflects on Lee’s family’s journey from China to Australia and Ten Worlds, Ten Directions (2002) brings together abstraction and figurative elements and continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of Buddhist philosophy. As well as a series of early photocopy works drawn from Western art history that address identity and authenticity.

A range of resources and behind-the-scenes content will accompany the touring exhibition including models of public art projects, learning resources and an artist documentary filmed at Lee’s studio on Arakwal Country (Northern Rivers, NSW) and at the UAP (Urban Artist Projects) workshop and foundry on Turrbal Country (Brisbane).

Audiences will be able to access a specially created audio guide on their smartphones, via the MCA Australia’s online museum guide, touring.mca.art. Visitors will be able to walk through the exhibition listening to the artist talk about key works and themes. Available in both English and Auslan-interpreted videos.

A beautifully designed publication also accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue contains an overview of Lee’s practice with contributing essays from Dr Zara Stanhope and Dr Shen Qilan, plus an in-depth interview between Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and the artist. The publication is available to purchase from Lismore Regional Gallery.

About the Artist
Lindy Lee is one of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today. With a practice spanning over four decades, Lee has exhibited widely in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and USA, and is represented in numerous major public and private collections. In recent years, Lee’s practice has expanded into the public realm. She has created a series of significant public artworks in Australia and internationally, including Secret World of a Starlight Ember, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The Life of Stars, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Garden of Cloud and Stone, Chinatown Public Domain, Sydney; and The Life of Stars – The Tenderness of Rain, Province Midtown Cultural Centre, Zhengzhou, China. In 2018 the artist was awarded a prestigious international commission to create an iconic gateway work for New York’s Chinatown district.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53 (Our Anniversary Edition) is now out and available from all Newsagents, General Stores, Woolworths Supermarkets and Service Stations across the northern rivers from Tweed Heads to Grafton South and every single town in the region.

This is a great 72 page edition that is full of local news, entertainment, 4 page TV guide with SKY, Puzzles, Community news and events, local Sports and much, much more

Perfect reading with a cuppa or two out in the sun today..

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