BSA Art Club: Byron School of Art announces classes for young people

Following numerous requests from parents of aspiring young artists, Byron School of Art have announced they will be offering weekly after-school classes commencing next term for young people who love art.

Afternoon Art Club invites school-aged artists to the BSA studios in Mullumbimby for creative afternoons, exploring art materials and techniques under the guidance of artist and qualified art teacher, Jacqueline Smith.


“Each week new ideas and processes will be introduced as we develop skills in a range of art forms including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and design,” said Jacqueline. “I like to encourage students to keep a visual diary to explore their own interests as well, it’s wonderful to see their work progress”.

Byron School of Art is offering two after-school classes commencing in October (Term 4); one for 9-12 year olds on Wednesday afternoons 3:45pm to 5:30pm, and another for 12-15 year olds on Thursday afternoons 4:45pm to 6:30pm. All classes will take place in Byron School of Art studios at 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby. Bookings are essential. For more info visit

BSA Art Club for Young People
9-12 year olds: Wednesdays 3:45pm-5:30pm (11 Oct - 13 Dec)
13-15 year olds: Thursdays 4:45pm-6:30pm (12 Oct - 14 Dec)
Cost: $280 for 10 class course.
Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby.
Bookings essential:, email or phone 0487 362 141.
About Byron School of Art

Byron School of Art is an independent, not-for-profit, contemporary art school based on an international model of Artists teaching Artists in a studio-based learning environment. Courses are run by nationally recognised professional artists, who bring to the school a passion for their practice combined with extensive teaching experience.

Surprising results for 2017 Les Peterkin Prize

The enormous talent of Tweed and Byron primary school students will again be celebrated by the annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, on show at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from 22 September - 4 December 2017.

The Prize, one of the Gallery's most popular exhibitions, has again attracted an enormous number of entries and participating schools this year.


Working on the theme Surprise!, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images that capture their unique character and depict an unexpected moment in their lives. Students explored an experience that frightened, excited or even shocked them.

First place winners: Tahmina Barikai (5-7 Years) from Byron Community Primary School, Nathan Singh (8-10 Years) from Murwillumbah Public School and Nilon Jordan (11-13 Years) from Tweed Valley Adventist College.

This year's submissions were a true indication that art in Tweed schools is alive and well, prize coordinator Marianne Galluzzo said. "The high standard of works submitted displayed great imagination in subject matter and in the use of materials. This is why I would like to congratulate every child who submitted an entry, because everyone showed a genuine and extremely talented attempt to produce a work of art."

All 37 award-winning and commended artworks will be professionally framed and featured in the exhibition. Another 180 outstanding works will be displayed in folios for the duration of the exhibition.


The creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition greatly impressed the 2017 panel of judges: local artists Arna Baartz and Tamsin Ainslie, primary school teacher Lurleen Badger, Tweed Regional Gallery staff representative Molly Green, Tyalgum Public School representative and artist Melissa Howarth, and education support officer Ronalda Combo.

The Prize is named after legendary Tweed artist and art teacher Les Peterkin, and made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council,Tyalgum Public School, Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., Derivan, School Art Supplies and Bunnings.

Tweed Regional Gallery will host the official opening and prize-giving ceremony on Thursday 21 September, one of its biggest events of the year. Children, family and friends are invited to enjoy the antics of roving magician and balloon animal creator Shorty Brown and watch high school student Ella McDermott create live caricatures for six lucky ticket winners from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

At 4.30pm, the exhibition will be officially opened by Tyalgum Public School Principal Janelle Cloherty, before Les Peterkin joins Ms Galluzzo and Friends of the Gallery President Penny Hall to announce the winners.