Kendal Gear wins People's Choice Award in 2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Perth artist Kendal Gear has been announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Gear's self-portrait was voted by Gallery visitors as the favourite in a tightly contested list. On being named winner, Gear said, “It was great to be part of the exhibition and it’s so exciting and encouraging to receive this award, and prize money of $1,000. It’s come at a really good time for me.”

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Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, Brett Adlington congratulated the winner, saying:
 
“For us, the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a chance to support a broad range of artists, emerging and established; local and national. We also see this award as a chance for the community to engage with a whole range of artistic styles, and the People’s Choice Award is a chance to acknowledge this. Kendal's work is exquisite in its detail and craftsmanship - and obviously resonated with our audiences.”
 
Acknowledging their support of the People’s Choice Award, Brad Gosling of Chandlers Betta Home Living, Lismore said:

“This portrait prize is a great way to celebrate the art of portraiture, and like The Archibald Prize, we know that many visitors like to have their say about who they think the winner should be. It’s for this reason we were happy to support the People’s Choice Award in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, and would like to congratulate the winner, Kendal Gear, on being voted favourite by visitors to the gallery.”
 
Brett Adlington also thanked the prize sponsors, Hurford Hardwood and Chandlers Betta Home Living, Lismore. “To have the support of local business really means so much for us, and helps us support artists in the early stages of their careers.”

Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand, previously named Nicole Kelly as the Winner of the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize with her work, Jumaadi + Clouds + Rain, which now enters Lismore Regional Gallery's permanent collection.

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize will next be held towards the end of 2020.

Finalists selected for Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery

69 portraits have been painstakingly selected from 211 strong entries for the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. These 69 will be included in the exhibition of finalists at Lismore Regional Gallery from 28 July – 23 September 2018. The announcement of the winner will be by this year’s judge, Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW, on Saturday 28 July at 12 midday.

Robert Malherbe ,  Nina looking up   2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Robert Malherbe, Nina looking up 2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney


According to Kezia Geddes, curator, Lismore Regional Gallery, “Portraiture is Australia’s favourite genera of art. Big art prizes like The Archibald, The Doug Moran and The Portia Geach Memorial are testament to our love of the portrait. People are ultimately programmed to understand the human face and its many expressions. It is therefore not surprising that we are so readily enchanted by the ability of artists to render subtle nuances of a person and to capture something - whether this be a likeness or an aspect of someone’s persona.”

The Hurford Hardwood Prize started in response to a public call for a portraiture prize in the region. Now in its 8th year the prize was originally called The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, and it was a painting and drawing prize open to artists whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium and is open to artists Australia wide. The finalist works reflect this expansion and include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and video portraits. Subjects are equally diverse and include local identities such as, Michael Balderstone, Dailan Pugh OAM and Ric Richardson, celebrities like Reg Mombassa, and more personal portraits of artists’ family members and quite a few self-portraits.

Gallery staff were so impressed by the standard of entries that the Permanent Collection Gallery (usually dedicated to exhibiting the permanent collection) was made available for the exhibition.

According to Brett Adlington, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, “The winner will receive $10,000 and the work will become part of Lismore Regional Gallery’s art collection. The prize money has been provided by local business, Hurford Hardwood. The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is one of our most popular exhibitions and we are very grateful to Hurfords for their generosity and support which makes the exhibition possible.”

“Hurfords are proud to have been involved in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize since 2012. It is magnificent to see the growth of its popularity now attracting entries from every state & territory  across Australia as well as plenty of local entries. We look forward to a very diverse & stimulating exhibition." say sponsors, Gaela and Andrew Hurford.

Todd Fuller ,  Billy's Swan   2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Todd Fuller, Billy's Swan  2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Adlington says, “Lismore Regional Gallery has also provided a $1000 People’s Choice Award which will be awarded to the artist with the highest number of public votes”. Prizes are controversial by nature, after all.  

2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize finalists
Abbey McCulloch, Amanda Bromfield, Amanda Penrose Hart, Andre Bowen, Anne-Marie Zanetti, Ashley Frost, Caroline Zilinsky, Chelsea Gustafsson, Chris Hazell, Clara Adolphs, Clare Thackway, Corinna Berndt, David Wells, Dr Darien Midwinter, Fleur Diamond, Geoff Harvey, Georgi Milln, Guy Morgan, Hilary Herrmann and James Guppy, Ian Roberts, Ildiko Hammond, Jacklyn Wagner, James Bowles-Leeson, James J De Weaver, Jane Theau, Jenny Johns, John Smith and Nikky-Morgan Smith, Karen Preston, Kendal Gear, Kenneth Craig Lambert, KHR Stewart, Kylie Foley, Lisa Axiotis, Liz Stute, Lucas Wright, Lucila Zentner, Lynden Stone, Marc Stapelberg, Marian Drew, Martin Claydon, Martin Edge, Matilda Michell, Matthew O'Brien, Maya Veit, Meg K Nielsen, Michael Simms, Nic Mason, Nicholas Ferguson, Nicole Kelly, Nicole Monks, Raimond de Weerdt, Raj Panda, Rene Bolten, Rikki Fisher, Robert Malherbe, Ryan Mugan, Sachin Moncrieff, Samuel Condon, Stephen Nothling, Steven Giese, Symone Male, Thomas Readett, Todd Fuller, Tony Kearney, Tony Leitch, Trinity Leonard, Vanessa White, Virginia Hodgkinson, Zom Osborne
 
EXHIBITION OPENING AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:
Saturday 28 July, 12:00 midday
Official opening and winner announcement by Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW

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.

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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.

The Trailer Project presents: John Witzig

The Trailer Project will present The Lure of the Sea by John Witzig opening Thursday, June 14 at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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THE TRAILER PROJECT PRESENTS
THE LURE OF THE SEA


JOHN WITZIG

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at 5:00 pm Thurs 14 June 2018
Exhibition continues until Friday 22 June 2018


image: Cactus Landscape 1975, digital print


thetrailerproject@gmail.com
www.thetrailerproject.com
 

We're Closer Than You Think: Northern Rivers Artists

Part of ArtState 2017, We’re Closer Than You Think brings together artwork by several artists based in the Northern Rivers. The exhibition questions the notion of regionality and the perception that artists working outside of metropolitan areas are hindered by location.
 
In various stages of their career and working across a range of disciplines, each artist in the exhibition was chosen for inadvertently refuting the relationship between location and success, population and production, and that the quality of their practice is determined by these imaginary borders.

Be quick! We’re Closer Than You Think will be open until Friday 8 December.
 
Co-curated by Natalie Bull and Zoe Robinson-Kennedy.

Image: Helle Jorgensen,  The lofty thoughts generator and processor . Photo by Michelle Eabry.

Image: Helle Jorgensen, The lofty thoughts generator and processor. Photo by Michelle Eabry.

Artists

Skye Baker
Amanda Bromfield
Kylie Caldwell
Ben Crawford
Michael Cusack
Karla Dickens
Kathryn Dolby
Penny Evans
Stephen Garrett
Natalie Grono
Charlotte Haywood
Helle Jorgensen
Jenny Kitchener
Mahala Magins
Robert Moore
Jess O’Connor
Kat Shapiro-Wood
Amber Wallis
Christine Willcocks
 

Location

The OLD Gallery
(next to Palate Cafe)
131 Molesworth St
Lismore, NSW 2480
 
 

BSA ArtState Exhibitions: APOLLO & Nine

Byron School of Art is presenting two exhibitions as part of ArtState: Nine, at the BSA Project Space, and APOLLO in Lismore.

Diana Miller's  Quilted Earth , acrylic on linen

Diana Miller's Quilted Earth, acrylic on linen

Also, BSA Alumni are showing throughout Lismore, including at the old Lismore Regional Gallery site.

FRIDAY 1 December 6 - 8pm : Opening of Nine

BSA PROJECT SPACE
112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby
Exhibition runs from 1 - 13 December
Open six days, closed Sundays, 10am to 2pm
or by appointment 0431 034 892

 

 

Showing as part of ArtState Lismore 2017


Apollo

AMAC
James Guppy
Alex Hudson
Travis Paterson
Melissa Poole
Zuzana Kovar & Nicholas Skepper
Christine Willcocks
 


An assembly without the limits of the square

30 November - 3 December 2017
 

James Guppy's  Touching her back , acrylic on canvas, 2016  

James Guppy's Touching her back, acrylic on canvas, 2016  

Apollo is a group show from the Byron School of Art BSA Project Space.  It is a re-pairing of works and an assembly without the limits of the square: both documenting a number of past exhibitions and responding to the semi-submerged toy theatre where the exhibition is housed.
 

NORTHERN RIVERS CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC
Downstairs Studio, 152 Keen Street, Lismore
Thursday 12pm - 3pm | Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm | Sunday 10am - 3pm

Art on Bundjalung Country

 

Art on Bundjalung Country opens tonight at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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Increasingly, creativity is being seen as a major indicator in increasing people’s health and wellbeing. Art on Bundjalung Country is a major partnership between the Gallery, Arts Northern Rivers, North Coast Primary Health Network, Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation and University Centre for Rural Health to stimulate artistic practice for emerging Aboriginal artists to enhance their social, economic and health outcomes. This partnership is advised by a committed steering group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal arts and health professionals.

Throughout 2017, a series of workshops have been held across the region by established Aboriginal artists including Penny Evans, Gilbert Laurie, Francis Belle-Parker, Michael Philp, Cherie Leon and Robin Davis to pass on their creative skills to a wide range of emerging Aboriginal artists. The result will be an exhibition acknowledging the depth of current practice in the region, and celebrating the next crop of up and coming Aboriginal artists working in Bundjalung country.

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5.30pm (for 6.00pm speeches)

To be opened by Dr Vahid Saberi, Chief Executive Officer, North Coast Primary Health Network.

Speeches will be followed by a performance by the Nini Nahri-Gali dance Troupe.

From Here to There: Australian art and walking

BAM Associate Editor Sharne Wolff and Contributor Jane Denison have been commissioned by Lismore Regional Gallery to develop the curatorial concept From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking due to their shared interest in walking and art.

Lismore Regional Gallery has been selected as the Dobell Exhibition Grant for 2018 for the exhibition curated by Wolff and Denison.

The exhibition will present eight leading Australian artists who incorporate the everyday act of walking in their art. The first of its kind in Australia, the exhibition features work by Lauren Brincat, Dean Brown, Daniel Crooks, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Karaconji, Noel McKenna, Sarah Mosca and Liam O’Brien.

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

The works are selected on two criteria: an artwork based on a visual reference to the act of walking, or an artwork produced as the result of walking. For example, the act of walking is forefront in Daniel Crooks’ spliced video productions that investigate walking as motion and in Dean Brown’s works that depict solitary walking figures. Artworks produced as a consequence of walking include Noel McKenna’s detailed drawings of observations from his suburban walks, and Sarah Mosca’s delicate photographs that record the warmth and feel of the artist’s moving body.

The Dobel Exhibition Grant will enable From Here to There to reach its full potential, to bring important Australian artists to Lismore’s regional community and support public programs that demystify the works, educate audiences and provide a range of easily accessible activities to explore how walking can unleash creative adventures.

This funding will also allow the exhibition to expand to include more works of greater scale and the commissioning of two significant new works. It will also support a residency for one artist which will enable the production of a new work relevant to the local area, an artist talk and a guided map-making activity for audiences.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high-quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

Read more about the Dobell Exhibition Grant

 

ABOUT THE SIR WILLIAM DOBELL ART FOUNDATION

The Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that “a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW."

Since then, the Foundation has sponsored a wide variety of projects and is best known for the Dobell Drawing Prize, which ran for 20 years at the Art Gallery of NSW and evolved into the new Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014.

The Foundation supports acquisitions to public collections, as well as publications, films and educational programs, including the annual Year 11 student Dobell Drawing School held with the National Art School.

 

The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

 

Artists: Apply to Exhibit at new LRG

Exhibition Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS :: NEXT DEADLINE: 27 NOVEMBER 2017

Are you interested in exhibiting with Lismore Regional Gallery?

The first floor will showcase curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions and a dedicated gallery for the permanent collection. We will balance our program in these spaces across the year so that it reflects the diverse interests and voices of people from our region and beyond.

The prominently located downstairs gallery will prioritise local early career artists in a program of about eight exhibitions per year. The gallery is approx 9.8m x 3.5m x 3.4m (h) (download floor plan here) and has gallery lighting and hanging tracks. Artists will receive a fee of $250 per show, and be expected to help with installation/de-installation. With a large floor to ceiling window, the gallery space will be highly visible to people passing by and those engaging in activities in the Lismore Quadrangle.

Exhibition proposals can be submitted anytime throughout the year and selected by a panel.

Submitting your proposal

If you would like your artwork to be considered for exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery, you can submit a proposal including:

• Images (10 maximum)
• CV/ BIO
• links to website (if available)
• an exhibition statement (approx. one page)

Your exhibition statement must include an artist’s statement/conceptual premise and a description of the show. You can also include ideas you have for public programming (workshop/artist talk/performance etc) and any preference for dates.

Download a proposal form here

Email your proposal to art.gallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au.

Industrial Relations  exhibition by Leora Sibony. Photograph: Kate Holmes

Industrial Relations exhibition by Leora Sibony. Photograph: Kate Holmes

New Lismore Regional Gallery Opening Events

Join us for the much anticipated opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery - with an entire weekend of events to celebrate!

The new gallery has its opening party on Saturday October 28, 5:30pm

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Arstate Lismore | Early Registration Discount Extended

Early Bird registrations for Artstate Lismore have been extended until Monday 23 October, 11:30PM.

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW at Artstate Lismore, from 30 November – 3 December.

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Capricious Landscapes: New Steven Giese at Muse Gallery

Capricious Landscapes is the second solo exhibition at the Muse Contemporary Gallery, Lismore’s newest art space. It’s a show of recent paintings by local artist Steven Giese. The exhibition showcases two themes in the artist’s recent output; an ongoing engagement with social commentary and an emerging interest in the depiction of landscape and seascape.

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Many of Giese’s paintings tell a story about subjects like the growth of corporate power or mortgage stress; these are usually humorous and ironic. Other paintings celebrate representations of local seascapes and landscapes and the beauty of oil paint.

Join us for the opening of Capricious Landscapes
Friday October 20, 5pm
Muse Contemporary Gallery
4/131-133 Keen Street, Lismore

The exhibition will be open October 20th until November 4th.

Bell Shakespeare brings The Merchant of Venice to NORPA

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

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NORPA is thrilled to welcome world acclaimed company, Bell Shakespeare, back to the stage of Lismore City Hall with their new production The Merchant of Venice for two evening performances on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September.

Artistic Director, Peter Evans, said at the announcement earlier this year, “This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. The themes of justice and revenge continue to play strongly 400 years after this play was written.”

Featuring three time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

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Director Anne-Louise Sarks has developed a reputation for being unflinching in tackling difficult subjects.

“This is only the second time since becoming Artistic Director for Bell Shakespeare that we’ve invited a new director to join us in creating new work. Last year we were thrilled to be joined by Lee Lewis in directing The Literati. This year Anne-Louise Sarks takes the helm of our national tour and will get to present her work to 27 venues around Australia,” said Mr Evans.

Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.
 


"By any measure, this is great theatre. This is an intelligent close reading of the play. Little is overplayed, nothing is dodged. Shylock may be remembered as a career defining role for Mitchell Butel" The Australian

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Artstate Lismore 2017 Unveils Festival Program

Regional Arts NSW announced the program for the inaugural Artstate Lismore, a four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.

Initiated following the success of Artlands Dubbo 2016 presented by Regional Arts NSW, Artstate is a four-year program aiming to build on conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations. The event will include a line-up of inspirational speakers alongside a multi-genre arts program showcasing the very best in arts from the North Coast region.

Chair of Regional Arts NSW, Stephen Champion said “Regional arts practice of the highest order is prolific in NSW but it still often occurs without recognition; particularly by reviewers and our urban counterparts. Artstate is set to change this by placing the spotlight on a different regional hub each year for the next four years. Artstate will also demonstrate that regional NSW is at the epicentre of national and international debate and discourse about the vital relationship of the arts to communities.”

Speaking at the launch event today, Minister for the Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC said “Artlands Dubbo 2016 was a fantastic achievement for NSW in its entirety; a regional conference, curated in the regions, showcasing extraordinary regional, metro and international work and speakers to the world. It is strongly felt across the sector that we need to keep the momentum going and that NSW has clearly demonstrated leadership in an area that should be further strengthened.”

The event will commence with two days of keynote speakers and panels exploring the themes of Partnership and Practice and other specialised areas. Featured speakers in the program will include British-Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod, Soumik Datta;  Director of the Norway international indigenous arts and culture festival, Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Karoline Trollvik; and member of the Bundjalung nation Rhoda Roberts, who is Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs.

Alongside the speakers program will be an arts program featuring the likes of local theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, and the world premiere of their new production Djurra, a free public concert by the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW featuring talented students from regional conservatoriums, and Cheeky Cabaret presented by Brett Haylock from the Brunswick Picture House. The opening of Artstate Lismore will also coincide with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery building and exhibition.

Early bird registration tickets are on sale now at www.artstate.com.au

 

 

 

NORPA announces team of Associate Artists to help shape contemporary theatre from regional Australia

An impressive team of highly skilled theatre makers has joined Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA as Associate Artists to deliver a greatly increased creative program.


Janis Balodis, Jade Dewi, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Valley Lipcer, Kate McDowell and Emma Saunders will work alongside Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director) to create new devised works for NORPA; deliver masterclasses, workshops and training programs; host artist residencies; launch a program for children, families and school students; as well as develop their own works and strengthen creative connections into the Northern Rivers community.

Photograph by Kate Holmes

Photograph by Kate Holmes

The company also welcomes producer Jo Porter who will be working across multiple projects for NORPA including Djurra, directed by Kirk Page premiering in November at Artstate NSW, and a new work in development led by Julian Louis, slated for presentation in 2018.  

“This is an exciting time for NORPA – we are forging an adventurous, artist-led company within a creative cultural hub in regional Australia,” said Artistic Director Julian Louis. “All the artists joining us are accomplished makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms – dance, acrobatics, acting, writing, music, production. Each artist brings their own ideas, passion and expertise. They connect us with a myriad of communities and inform NORPA’s aesthetic and creative process.”  

“Together we will create bold, new devised works and a far reaching artistic program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.”  

For more about each Associate Artist, click here.

Immediate opportunities for people to take advantage of the expertise of the new Associate Artists are via masterclass series and a weekly drop-in class. These are a dance-theatre masterclass with Emma Saunders (Dance Theatre Masterclass 31 Aug – 2 Sept) and a physical theatre and acrobatic masterclass with Darcy Grant (Balancing Dynamics 18-22 September), plus a drop-in weekly class exploring improvisation and performance with Jade Dewi (Training Ground 18-22 September). NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis will also be involved in all classes. NORPA is offering three complimentary places per masterclass series.   For more information about all classes, click here.

Read NORPA's Quarterly Newsletter for more news about NORPA's creative program.

 

Depends What You Mean By Extremist: John Safran comes to NORPA

John Safran, a Paladin dwarf and an ISIS supporter walk into a Catholic Church. Neo-Nazis are on the same side as the Jews. Pauline Hanson denies she was ever against Asian immigration… Welcome to Australia 2016. If it sounds mad, that’s because it is. And funny. But apparently that’s a dangerous thing now too – as Safran has just found out.

 A Feature Event presented by Byron Writers Festival and NORPA,  Safran reveals his alarming adventures in a weird world of misfits whose extremist views (and behaviour) have helped propel the rise of the alt-right. Welcome to a place in time where blonde-haired, blue-eyed boys grow-up aspiring to be ISIS freedom fighters, an Islamic preacher quotes Monty Python and newly arrived immigrants oppose multiculturalism. Yep, that’s right. It all depends what you mean by extremist…
 
John Safran will be in conversation with arts journalist, provocative performance artist and producer Bec Mac discussing Safran’s latest book Depends What You Mean By Extremist.
 
It’s Melbourne, 2015. John Safran (who’s always been interested in racists) rocked up to observe the second ‘Reclaim Australia’ versus ‘No Room for Racism’ rally. It turned out to be a multicultural anti-multicultural rally. Confused? So was John. And even more confusing, each of the opposing sides had appropriated the swastika for their banners. Intrigued – and somewhat alarmed, John began digging a little deeper.
 
“So it turns out I wasn’t the only Jew at the rally. There were two and a half more. Not protesting against the United Patriot Front, but supporting them? That clinches it. Skinheads side by side with Jews; immigrants against immigrants; Shermon’s promise of a far-right hajj – this is a case for John Safran, Jew Detective.
 
In the process he invariably finds himself in precarious and funny situations; slamming down tequila shots with Neo-Nazis, threatened with arrest by the Australian Liberty Alliance, praying with evangelical Christians, and arguing over scripture with an Iman, an Islamic preacher and a Paladin Dwarf.
 
He crosses the country and turns up where he’s not wanted; from the lawns of Parliament House in Perth, to a fascists rally for Golden Dawn in Brisbane, and the highly anticipated 10th anniversary of the Cronulla Riots in Sydney. Along the way he finds himself chastised by anarchists, outwitted by Jews, set-up by white nationalists, stood-up by Hanson and warned-off by Satan.
 
With an eye on what’s happening in his own community; escalating violence against Rabbis, increased security at synagogues, anti-Semitic propaganda in the mail, Safran takes up Israeli martial arts and starts carrying a knife. Then with sudden clarity he realises that it’s exactly these incremental changes that make way for a new way of living, of thinking, of being; that become the small stepping stones to radicalization. Just how rogue will Safran go?
 
Inevitably as Safran engages with the opposing factions the more compromised he becomes; privy to their secrets, he is acutely aware of his potential power to play the puppetmaster and change the course of events. Ultimately his uncanny knack for inserting himself into the action reveals an alarming common thread of ‘magical thinking’ among these outliers, that is, their conviction that there are no coincidences and a sense the end times are coming.
 
‘"I think about all the people I’ve been hanging with over the year, Pastor Daniel, Hamza, and the rest... It’s hard to cut a deal with people who think that what they’re doing will bring on the Messiah."
 
In Depends What You Mean by Extremist Safran unravels the complex tangles of race, religion, ethnicity and nationalism at play in Australia today. He calls out the contradictory and illogical arguments proffered by the extremists in our own backyard, while reminding us (with a raised eyebrow to the reader), of the vital and often dangerous role that humour and satire can play in tackling a seemingly global rise in hate, racism and extremism.
 

Depends What You Mean By Extremist:
John Safran in conversation with Bec Mac

Presented by Byron Writers Festival and NORPA
FRIDAY 4 AUGUST
6.30pm-7.45pm
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
Cost: $30
Tickets here

 

Lucien Hervé at Lismore Regional Gallery - a master of 20th Century photography in focus

Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showcases the work of one of the world's leading figures and master of architectural photography. His characteristic style combines a humanist outlook with an architect’s eye. His use of cropped frame (he often uses a pair of scissors), plunging or oblique view, focusing both on the detail and the big picture, and uncluttered composition tending toward abstraction, create a unique style that is instantly recognisable.

Lucien Hervé:  Henri Matisse, painter and sculptor, Hotel Regina, Nice , 1949.

Lucien Hervé: Henri Matisse, painter and sculptor, Hotel Regina, Nice, 1949.

The images presented in this exhibition provide a view on Lucien Hervé’s personal take on three major creative personalities of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture, Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments, and Matisse working on his last masterpiece, the ‘Chapelle de Vence’. Lucien Hervé died in Paris in 2007.

Lucien Hervé:  Unité d'Habitation, Nantes-Rezé, France , Le Corbusier architect, 1954.

Lucien Hervé: Unité d'Habitation, Nantes-Rezé, France, Le Corbusier architect, 1954.

Award-winning documentary Lucien Hervé: Photographer Despite Himself, directed, produced and written by Gerrit Messiaen (Atom Film) will screen throughout the exhibition, providing a deep insight into the life and work of Lucien Hervé. (For a short trailer of the film, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J25O8yd5lQ&feature=youtu.be )

 

Lismore Regional Gallery 1 October - 3 December 2016

In Galleries 1, 2 and Screen Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore.
Exhibition open 10am - 4pm Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 2pm Saturdays

Lucien Hervé  - Artist’s Biography
Born in 1910, in Hungary, László Elkán arrives in Paris in 1929. He is instantly taken by the Parisian art and music circles, and starts taking press and fashion photographs by the end of the 1930s. As a communist militant, he joins as early as 1941 the Resistance ranks under the name of Lucien Hervé.  Closely associated with the post-war Humanist school, his career takes a fateful turn in 1949 when Pere Couturier, a friend of Matisse, introduces him to Le Corbusier. Upon seeing his work, the latter declared: ‘You have the eye of an architect.’ He becomes his designated photographer until Le Corbusier’s death in 1965. His collaborations also include Alvar Alto and Oscar Niemeyer. His images of the ‘Abbaye du Thoronet” in France and of the Escorial in Spain are also renowned. His work has been shown in major galleries and museums across the world.

Lucien Hervé:  City Museum, Brasilia, Brazil,  Oscar Niemeyer architect, 1961.

Lucien Hervé: City Museum, Brasilia, Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer architect, 1961.

Pierre Chevalier – Curator’s Biography
Born in Paris in 1958, Pierre Chevalier was at first an architect. He then became in the mid 80s the director of the ‘galerie du jour – agnès b.’ until his departure for Australia in the late 90s. Since then, he has shown international artists such as Claude Leveque in his mobile gallery – the trailor project – and has worked as an independent curator in Sydney and Melbourne. His shows have included ‘Magicians of the Sea’ and ‘Crime and Corruption’ at the ACP in Sydney, Claude Leveque in Art Space, Sydney, and ‘Surfing Australia”, Australian Embassy in Paris. In 2014, he opened a gallery in the Clarence Valley, focusing on photography. He now lives in Mullumbimby and is currently restoring his mobile gallery for upcoming projects.

Lay Down Your Swords by Kate Hallen opens today

Lay Down Your Swords, an exhibition of artworks by Kate Hallen, opens today at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

From the Gallery: "An exhibition investigating acceptance and humility in the face of difficulty. Hallen brings a visual description to the “feeling of” panic when we find ourselves in this space, from the experience of having nowhere to go, to one of surrendering into weightlessness."

I want that you are always loved  2016 oil and charcoal on canvas 12x60cm

I want that you are always loved 2016 oil and charcoal on canvas 12x60cm

The exhibition runs until August 13, 2016.

Lismore Regional Gallery
131 Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW
02 6622 2209
artgallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au