Byron is a centre for creativity and art. Our beachy town boasts creative types from across the globe in search of the inspired lifestyle which it embraces. Byron Bay and the surrounding area are home to several galleries which feature local artists, both established and emerging, with an aim to represent the talent of the Northern Rivers region.
This is all very important to the community as supporting local artists generates an awareness and appreciation for the immense talent that grows and gravitates toward Byron Bay. But it is more than just art in windows, in frames and in galleries that make all the difference to this creative hub.
Art is everywhere. Take a five minute stroll through town and open your eyes to what you might see. One does not need to be an avid art lover or creator to view and appreciate the everyday art in Byron Bay.
What goes unnoticed is often what creates the atmosphere that we love and others thrive for.
Byron based muralist Austin Moncreiff started his artistic career as a graphic designer but soon found himself inspired by street art. The creative mind behind NITSUA says that the street art in Byron Bay adds extra dimensions to the atmosphere which is so well-loved.
"Have a look next time you're around some [street art] that you appreciate and imagine what it would look like as a blank wall," Moncreiff says.
"I believe it is a cocktail of what has brought so many creatives to Byron. I think the core of it is through a sense of freedom, as it has been for me. The freedom of expression through the art of music, photography, surfing, skateboarding, cooking, poetry, dancing. There's so many different creative channels here and it is just a matter of having the love for what that channel is and taking every opportunity to get in front of it no matter what, even if there's money involved or not, just to keep it alive."
Post by Liz Calligeros