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2022 Wollumbin Art Award winners announced

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2022 Wollumbin Art Award winners announced

Amber Wallis takes out $15,000 prize with painting Ivy With Eyes

Byron Shire-based artist Amber Wallis has been awarded the top prize in the inaugural Wollumbin Art Award with a richly complex painting of her daughter entitled Ivy With Eyes.

The winning artist also wins a 2-week residency at the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

The guest judge for the biennial non-acquisitive $30,000 prize was curator and editor of VAULT magazine, Alison Kubler, who announced the winners at the Tweed Regional Gallery just before 7 pm tonight.

Alison awarded the WAA Bundjalung Award to Tweed-based Bundjalung artist Michael Philp for his painting Pearly Shells. A work in Michael’s signature style, this painting honours the artist’s mother, aunty and grandmother. As part of the award, Michael will also exhibit in a solo show at the Gallery in 2023.

Byron Shire-based artist Mia Forrest received the Emerging Artist Award for her video Red Flowering Gum, in motion, a mesmerizing work that plays with the tradition of still life.

“The Wollumbin Art Award is such an excellent addition to the art prize field in Australia,” Alison said.

“I am really impressed by the quality of the work on display. This award demonstrates both the calibre of the talent pool, artists who hold their own on the national stage and the appetite for supporting local artists. It’s just great to see, and to acknowledge, how many excellent artists live in the region.”

WAA Highly Commended artists included Caleb Reid, Xanthie Dobbie, Michael Donnelly, Zion Levy Stewart, and Marian Tubbs; with Nathan Falk and Amarina Toby receiving a Highly Commended accolade for the Bundjalung Award. Emerging artists Brendan Kelly, Courtney Cook and Zen Staff also received Highly Commended.

Also announced on the night were the winners of the Gallery’s Wollumbin Youth Art Award, with guest judge artist Tamsin Ainslie selecting artworks by young artists Clara Polson (5-8 years); Kya Lansom (9-12 years); Ava Berry Voce (13-15 years); and Elsie Biles (16-18 years).

Young artists receiving Highly Commended awards were Leonardo Ruby (5-8 years); Sadie Eddy (9-12 years); Naomi Jeffery (13-15 years); and Emma Dillon-Lee (16-18 years).

“Creativity and art are hugely important in everybody’s life and encouraging children with their art and creativity is very important,” said WYAA judge Tamsin Ainslie.

“The WYAA is such a great opportunity to encourage, to allow and to give the time and space for young artists to think, create and explore making art.”

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry, Friends of the Gallery and Gallery Foundation members joined finalists and their families for a night of celebration that also marked the official launch of the Gallery’s Youth Collective.

The Wollumbin Art Award is Tweed Regional Gallery’s new biennial $30,000 award open to artists living in the Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle and Scenic Rim Shires, as well as Lismore and the City of Gold Coast.

The Wollumbin Youth Art Award is a biennial award for young artists aged 5 to 18 years. The awards, named for the mountain the Gallery overlooks, celebrates the calibre and diversity of artists of the region. Together the awards attracted nearly 700 entries, with 105 artworks selected for the finalist exhibitions.

The WAA finalist exhibition is on view at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until Sunday 20 November, with the WYAA closing one week later, on Sunday 27 November. The exhibitions are free to the public and visitors can join some of the WAA finalists for an exhibition walk through on Sunday 9 October and Sunday 30 October from 2 pm.

The WAA Bundjalung Award is sponsored by Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. The WAA Emerging Artist Award is supported by Leanne and Greg Tong-Lyon. The Wollumbin Youth Art Award is sponsored by the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

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WYAA 2024: Tweed Regional Gallery Revives Youth Art Award

 

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is thrilled to herald the return of the esteemed Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) in conjunction with the highly anticipated 2024 Wollumbin Art Award.

Now extending an open invitation for submissions, this biennial accolade warmly welcomes budding artists aged 5 to 18 from the vibrant locales of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Scenic Rim, Lismore, City of Gold Coast, and, for the inaugural time, Richmond Valley. Young creatives are encouraged to unleash their imaginations, as entries encompassing a diverse array of visual artworks across all subjects and mediums are eagerly anticipated. Alongside the prestige of recognition, prizes including art materials and a multitude of art-making opportunities valued at up to $1,000 await the brightest talents.

With dedicated categories tailored to each age bracket – ranging from 5–8 years to 16–18 years – the WYAA endeavours to celebrate the boundless ingenuity and artistic prowess of regional youth. Ingrid Hedgcock, esteemed Gallery Director, expressed her profound enthusiasm for the initiative, affirming, “This award stands as a testament to the exceptional abilities of our young artists, instilling within them a sense of pride and empowerment to craft works of enduring significance.”

The Gallery extends a warm welcome to Jodi Ferrari, the esteemed Children’s Gallery Coordinator at HOTA, Home of the Arts, who joins as the distinguished guest judge for the Youth award. Renowned for her expertise in curating immersive art experiences tailored for young audiences, Ms. Ferrari brings invaluable insight to the adjudication process.

Ms. Ferrari herself shared her anticipation, remarking, “I am eager to bear witness to the kaleidoscope of perspectives and boundless creativity showcased in this year’s submissions. It is a privilege to be entrusted by the Gallery to preside over this prestigious award, albeit one that promises to present a delightful challenge.”

Mark your calendars as the selected finalists earn the esteemed opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Gallery from September 6 to November 24, with the eagerly awaited award announcements set to unfold on September 7.

Generously sponsored by Friends of the Gallery, the Wollumbin Youth Art Award epitomizes a commitment to fostering and celebrating emerging talent within the artistic community.

The award features categories for different age groups:

  • 5–8 years
  • 9–12 years
  • 13–15 years
  • 16–18 years.

Don’t miss your chance to leave an indelible mark on the art world – entries for the WYAA 2024 are now open and will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, June 3, 2024.

For comprehensive details, including entry prerequisites, please visit the Gallery’s official website.

 

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Tweed Shire Council Introduces Fairer Water Access Charge Calculation for Non-Residential Properties

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Tweed Shire Council Introduces Fairer Water Access Charge Calculation for Non-Residential Properties

 

Tweed Shire Council is instituting significant changes to its Water Access Charge methodology for non-residential properties, aiming to foster equity among water customers. Effective July 1, 2024, the calculation process will shift gears, transitioning over a four-year period to a system based on the actual water consumption of each non-residential property.

Elizabeth Seidl, Water and Wastewater Business and Assets Engineer, emphasised the necessity of this shift, citing an existing imbalance where smaller water users subsidise larger ones due to the current meter-size-based calculation. Under the new system, which aligns with NSW legislation requiring revenue from such charges to be reinvested into the water network, nearly 75% of non-residential properties will witness no increase in their Water Access Charge.

Ms. Seidl elaborated on the anticipated impact, noting that the revised charge structure is projected to raise approximately $896,000 in additional revenue by the fourth year of implementation, reflecting the actual water consumption by non-residential properties. However, to assist businesses potentially affected by these changes, Council offers resources such as the online Access Charge Estimator and water-saving advice via their website.

In recognition of the potential financial implications for businesses, Council plans a phased approach to the increase over four years, allowing affected property owners ample time to adjust and implement water-saving measures. Ms. Seidl encouraged impacted businesses to engage with Council for support in navigating these changes and exploring strategies to minimise water usage and associated costs.

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  1. Equitable Calculation: Tweed Shire Council is revising its method of calculating the Water Access Charge for non-residential properties to ensure fairness among all water customers.
  2. Shift in Calculation Basis: Starting from July 1, 2024, the charge will transition from being based on meter size to the actual amount of water used by each non-residential property over the next four years.
  3. Phased Implementation and Support: Council will phase-in the increase over four years to minimise the impact on affected businesses, while also providing support and resources for implementing water-saving measures to reduce overall water bills.

 

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Tweed Residents Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

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Tweed Residents Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

 

A recent power survey conducted in Tweed has unveiled the financial strain felt by many residents due to rising electricity costs.

Tweed Shire Council took proactive measures by setting up a stall at Tweed City Shopping Centre, offering residents free information on energy-saving techniques.

During the event, residents were surveyed about their electricity bill experiences and were provided with expert advice on potential cost-saving measures for their next billing cycle.

The survey revealed that a significant number of residents are unknowingly paying a ‘loyalty tax’ by sticking with their current electricity provider. Independent Home Energy Advisor, Sebastian Crangle, who assisted at the stall, emphasised the importance of comparing electricity rates and exploring different providers.

He highlighted substantial variations in supply charges and tariffs, ranging from $1.36 to $1.98 per day, potentially resulting in a difference of over $55 per quarter without factoring in usage charges.

Moreover, residents were found to be paying a wide range of usage charges, with most opting for flat rates. Crangle advised residents to inquire about the most suitable plan for their circumstances or to negotiate with their current provider for competitive rates.

Council’s Sustainability Education Officer, Jane Moad, echoed Crangle’s advice, urging residents to take proactive steps.

Firstly, she recommended familiarising oneself with the electricity bill and comparing rates with other providers using platforms like energymadeeasy.gov.au. This comparison can empower residents to negotiate better deals with their current provider or consider switching to a more cost-effective option.

Additionally, Moad highlighted the importance of checking for eligible rebates, such as those offered by the NSW government for low-income earners, seniors, families, and individuals with medical conditions.

She also mentioned a one-off National Energy Bill Relief payment available to eligible households, potentially providing up to $700 in relief this year.

Residents interested in learning more about available rebates can visit here. Furthermore, Council encourages residents to provide feedback through its Home Energy Bills Survey, aimed at gaining deeper insights into the challenges faced by Tweed residents regarding energy costs and identifying areas where support is most needed. The survey can be accessed here and is open for completion until Tuesday, April 30th.

 

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