The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina launches an exciting new exhibition this month and welcomes community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.


The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition features new 2D and 3D fine art works by members of Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre Inc. The exhibition showcases the diverse talents of the group which draws its members from all over the Northern Rivers region.

This exhibition celebrates the role played by early BACCI members in the establishment of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery and through this display, also hopes to encourage new members to join and share BACCI’s passion for creativity.

Exhibition opens Wednesday 6 June 2018 and continue until Sunday 1 July 2018. The official launch event is Thursday 7 June from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Ignite Studios Launch Party

Ballina Shire Council and Northern Rivers Community Gallery will throw open the shiny new big red doors of Ballina’s newest art space, Ignite Studios @ NRCG on Saturday 5 May and everyone is invited to the party!


The beautiful heritage building, formerly the Ballina Fire Station, has undergone minor building works over the last eight months in preparation for it’s new life as an arts space for the ongoing enjoyment of the community.

The Launch Party is on Saturday 5 May 2018 from 9.30am until 2.30pm at ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ located adjacent to the Gallery at 60 Crane Street Ballina. This a free family friendly event.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm.
For further information contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167.

Judy Oakenfull | Nature Portraits

Based in Murwillumbah, Judy Oakenfull sensitively interprets the unique natural beauty of her surroundings in her calm and organic acrylic paintings.

The wonderfully figurative but humble botanical forms she fashions, express a semblance to the mountains, subtropical flora and lush natural abundance of the Northern Rivers. Her current exhibition Nature Portraits runs until November 12 at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina.
"I moved from inner city Melbourne to the Northern Rivers about 10 years ago. My artwork is heavily influenced by my immediate environment so it underwent quite a transformation. Moving away from worn and weathered concrete, architectural surfaces and corners, it has slowly opened up to the wilderness of subtropical Northern Rivers. Lately my work seems to find its way into singular organic forms, sometimes islands, sometimes landscape, flora or other natural forms. It can also border on the figurative, purposely blurring boundaries, challenging dualities and hopefully emphasising connection and unity. The relationship between humans and nature has always been the most prominent theme in my work."

For more on Judy and her work, visit or @judyoakenfullart

ARTIST CALL-OUT/ Ignite Studios @ NRCG

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is excited to announce an expansion of Gallery Services to include ‘Ignite Studios’.


Located in the heart of the Ballina CBD, adjacent to the NRCG and housed in the historic former Ballina Fire Station, Ignite Studios @ NRCG will provide a dynamic shared access space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits. This exciting new addition to the NRCG facilities is scheduled to open February 2018 and will include four artist studios, a visiting artist-in-residence (AiR) studio and two access spaces for workshops, creative events, pop-up exhibitions, meetings and special projects.

NRCG is currently inviting applications for the ‘Artist Studio’ program. The ‘Artist Studio’ spaces are available for a twelve month lease to creative practitioners from all disciplines, including but not limited to, design, craft, painting, digital media, photography, filmmaking, performance, sculpture and writing. Artists from Ballina Shire, Northern Rivers and across NSW are welcome to apply.

The Artist Studio program at ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ is designed to encourage co-working and an open platform for professional development and opportunity. Supporting makers and creative professionals working across various fields, the program:

  • provides professional workspaces
  • enables creative projects
  • fosters networking opportunities with arts influencers, local communities and peers through NRCG annual program
  • generates a hub for artistic practice and ideas

Ignite Studios @ NRCG – providing greater access to shared creative space in the Northern Rivers region.
Artist Studio Applications close Friday 1 December 2017.