Artists: Apply to exhibit at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron

Applications to exhibit at Lone Goat gallery are now open. Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted until January 31 2018. Lone Goat Contemporary community art gallery is located in downtown Byron Bay, right across the road from the beach.

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Applications for the 2018/19 exhibition program close: 31 JANUARY 2018.
Applicants advised of outcome of their application by email: 28 FEBRUARY 2018
To download an application form, click HERE

Lone Goat Gallery is now accepting Exhibition proposals from artists, designers, curators, community and cultural groups.

Lone Goat Gallery encourages exhibitions which showcase the high calibre and creativity of artists and crafts practitioners from the Northern Rivers region and further afield.
Lone Goat Gallery welcomes all art forms and cultural heritage that display innovative ideas and approaches to contemporary arts practice. The gallery program features exhibitions of 4 weeks-duration.


Caitlin Reilly Artist Talk in Byron

Join Caitlin Reilly is conversation with Andrew McDonald (Lone Goat Gallery) at 2pm on Saturday 28 October at Lone Goat Gallery as they discuss Caitlin's art practise, with a particular focus on her extensive experience working in Shanghai, collaborative workshops, art therapy programs, and strategies for emerging artists.

Caitlin Reilly is an Australian born multi-disciplinary artist living in Byron Bay, Australia, and has exhibited widely throughout China and Australia.


Caitlin’s exhibition Hymn to the Horizon is now showing at Lone Goat Gallery until November 8. Hymn to the Horizon is a series of works rendered in oil paint, bitumen, dust and debris. Investigating abstract means and the simplicity of the horizontal line to explore surface rendering to access and communicate psychological states connected to lived and imagined terrains.

Her works have been exhibited at the Shanghai Museum of Art, the Xuhui Art Museum, the 1933 Historical Slaughterhouse in Shanghai, Asia Contemporary Art Hong Kong 2014/15/16, Singapore Art Fair, and 'Faces & Traces' retrospective at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Taikang Community Gallery Songjiang, China. In 2014-15 Caitlin undertook the Shokay Residency, travelling to Qinghai on the Tibetan plateau and to Chongming Island nearby Shanghai, working with the yak herding community, spinners and knitters.

Caitlin’s arts practice involves working in a broad range of media creating layering and textural history, with an extensive body of work exploring the development of surface rendering. Caitlin's visual arts practice spans international platforms and is represented in collections throughout Australia, Europe, America, and China.

Caitlin’s exhibition Hymn to the Horizon is showing at Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay until November 8 2017.

Caitlin Reilly Artist Talk

2pm Saturday 28 October
Hymn to the Horizon – Caitlin Reilly in Conversation with Andrew McDonald (Lone Goat Gallery)

Free Entry
Lone Goat Gallery - 28 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481


Mahala Magins: 

In 2013, Bangalow artist Mahala Magins undertook an artist residency at the Baer Arts Center in Skagafjordur, Iceland. It was an experience that changed her painting, so that when she returned to Australia she felt the influences everywhere. The transformation that took place connects to a different way of seeing and exists in a purist’s pursuit of Abstraction and Painting. Put simply, Magins found a new “template” for thinking about painting, although this word denies space for the nuances that are integral to her work. Ultimately, what the trip did was provide her with a place to soak in the idea of being an artist, giving her conviction that she is a Painter.  


Applying this logic to her painting when she returned, Magins found her work was not of a single place. Her painterly language was informed by flickers from the landscape of her memory, of source material, and her immediate surroundings.  

“One thing Iceland taught me was to utilise the environment I am immersed in, to allow anything and everything to influence me,” Magins describes. “I might see a photograph and will respond to this by thinking of a memory of travel, write this experience down, then respond to this moment in time visually, even as simply as a clipping of colour. I will then establish the work from these experiences.”  


This current body of work encompasses her travels while exploring the affected and affective nature of encounters with place through a considered and emotive material response. Magins does not try to replicate the landscape around her but let it in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings found their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.  

Mahala Magins is an emerging artist based in Bangalow, New South Wales. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Art at Southern Cross University in 2006. Since graduation Magins continues to be shown and represented in various local and national group shows, including being twice selected for The Portia Geach Memorial Award, The Gold Coast City Art Award and most recently the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize with her portrait of art collector, June Blanchett.




Mahala Magins


8 September - 4 October 2017

Opening Friday 8 September 6PM – 8PM

Lone Goat Gallery
28 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Exhibition to be opened by Brett Adlington, Director, Lismore Regional Gallery.

Mahala Magins will be donating 20% of all profits from sales of artwork in this exhibition to Breast Cancer Australia.


Excerpt from ‘Post Iceland’ Essay 2015, Kezia Geddes Curator Lismore Regional Gallery. Text courtesy of the Artist and Lismore Regional Gallery.    

 All studio photographs by Andrew McDonald.

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake : A performance residency in Byron

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

We first became aware of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake when a large, pink ghostlike figure covered in pom poms turned up silently at our winter issue launch party at Thom Gallery.  Lingering at the door and seemingly alone, the figure was quickly ushered in and became the talk of the party. Who had invited him (it?)? We still don't have the answer. 

Now,  Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present the earth-quaking, Neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. MMSS combine music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film - creating their own irresistible mythology, characters and genre-defying world. Prepare to be delighted, and slightly confused!

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake was created in 2014 when Sheldon wrote a song about a Grizzly Bear. His creative partner Sem usually animated the songs but they were sick of being stuck in the studio after a long year of completing a kids' DVD called 'Little Frog'.

So they dumped the computers, designed costumes with artist & collaborator, Myo and made themselves into live characters. They danced and filmed the Grizzly Bear song on the streets of Byron and Brisbane. Then Tokyo. Then Seoul.


There was something that crossed culture, age, sex, boundaries. People came out of their shell.

So they wrote more songs, made more costumes, and performed on more streets, at a rabbi party, a gallery in Seoul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Splendour in the Craft at Splendour in the Grass 2016-17, beaches, train stations, and AGI Open - the world's most respected design conference.

During their four-week season at Lone Goat Gallery, MMSS will present an installation, video and documentaries, workshop and live performances, turning the gallery into an open residency and studio. On any day, visitors might encounter the artists at work, rehearsing, recording, creating new works - or in their absence, the evolving residue and outcome of their activity.


EXHIBITION: August 11 until September 6 2017
OPENING AND PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 August 4-6pm – Free


Monkey Monkey Shake Shake will collaborate with artist and costumier Myo Yim to present a Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop and Grizzly Bear picnic on Saturday August 26 from 12-3pm at Lone Goat Gallery. The workshop is $65 including all materials and afternoon tea. Place limited to 25 persons.

GRIZZLY BEAR FELT HAT WORKSHOP: Saturday 26 August 12-3pm

PERFORMANCE: Saturday 26 August 4pm – Free
Hosted by artist and costumier Myo Yim
$65 per person,
25 places available
Afternoon tea supplied

Experienced Landscapes | Emily Imeson at Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery in Byron will soon present emerging Northern Rivers artist Emily Imeson.

Emily Imeson's exhibition Experienced Landscapes is the result of a painting led inquiry that investigates the diversity of environments around regional NSW, and involved journeying to Tenterfield, Tamworth, Hill End, Bathurst, and Nymboida.

Golden,   250cm x 120cm

Golden,  250cm x 120cm

Emily is the recipient of an Arts NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship, enabling her to explore regional NSW landscapes and connect with established artists and art foundations. Experienced Landscapes presents the current stage of Emily’s ongoing investigation. Emily will continue her research and travels throughout NSW until mid-2018.

 “Growing up in regional NSW I have developed a deep appreciation for Australia’s ‘great outdoors’ and am intrigued by nature. I am determined to mature these values into a comprehensive understanding of the natural world, articulated with brush marks and colours,” says Imeson.

Utilising both en plein air painting techniques and studio work, Emily’s arts practice documents her experience of being in the world.

“Methods of embodiment, observations, and documentation, have created endless inspiration and guide new ways to re-connect with the land. Spending time in one place allows a truth to reveal itself; textures, colours, flora, and fauna are uncovered. Understanding these elements in multiple landscapes has allowed me to create and share a contemporary archive of regional NSW," she says. 

Thunderbolts Hideout , 80cm x 120cm

Thunderbolts Hideout, 80cm x 120cm

"The project aims to develop images that push beyond the desire to create a visual sameness, encouraging a confidence to trust idiosyncratic mark making. I recreate and redefine the landscape as perceived by engagement. These paintings search to describe Australian geographical identities, and the constant changes of nature - moving away from the representational, heading towards an embodied form of art making,” says Imeson.

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Jay Manby at Lone Goat Gallery

As a designer and art director Jay has worked with many celebrated Australian musicians and is known for creating iconic imagery in the Australian music industry. He has been nominated for an Aria for album design (The Cruel Sea), and his work has been collected by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.

Wanted , 2017,     mixed media on paper, 100 x 109 cm

Wanted, 2017, mixed media on paper, 100 x 109 cm

Jay studied Design, Image Making and Visual Communications at the University of Technology Sydney and worked as a celebrated designer and art director for many years before pursuing his personal vision as an exciting and authentic new painter. 

Mop,      2017, acrylic synthetic polymers & Indian ink on linen, 122 x 122 cm

Mop, 2017, acrylic synthetic polymers & Indian ink on linen, 122 x 122 cm

"Mediums and materials will vary. My aim is to make marks that represent and delineate human responses to physical, emotional and subconscious worlds. Dense, shiny black indelible ink and quick drying acrylics give me freedom to layer and experiment. I use random objects found in my surroundings to make marks with character. They offer versatility, intensity and quality of line, which I am passionate about," Manby says.

"The process continues with layers of ink and paint, building detail and surface tension until a kind of iconography emerges. It becomes a visual language that evokes the momentum and complexity of our culture, and reflects the natural world and our place in it." 
Instinct 1.01 ., 2017, acrylic synthetic polymers & Indian ink on linen,     122 x 122 cm

Instinct 1.01., 2017, acrylic synthetic polymers & Indian ink on linen, 122 x 122 cm

Jay Manby: Instinct
New paintings and Works on Paper

June 16 - July 05 2017

Lone Goat Gallery

28 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Maria Paterson and Jay Foley to Exhibit at Byron’s Lone Goat Gallery

Well-known and respected Ocean Shores pastel, oil and new mediums Artist Maria Paterson kicked off 2017 with a bang, being one of only 94 candidates selected from around the world for the Paris-based FID drawing competition, and she follows this with a three week art exhibition at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery, opening this Friday, April 21.


Maria says her re-emergence follows a three year period of extreme change and transition: “Sometimes we need time to make sense of our world, and this is what I have been doing through my art.”

The Construct , graphite ink watercolour on paper, 60cm x 80cm

The Construct, graphite ink watercolour on paper, 60cm x 80cm

 Her style has changed along with her technique and use of a more monochromatic palette.  “I can communicate more depth in my emotional responses to the environment around me, allowing more scope to create contrasts, emphasising the lights and darks. I use the materials in an intuitive sense, sometimes pulling apart and reconstructing the work, letting the work dictate direction,” she says.

Pastel Artist and respected judge Leoni Duff says of Maria’s work: “Maria demonstrates a masterful understanding of pastel techniques using the translucency of an underpainting overlaid with a variety of opaque pastels to create a scintillating surface to the painting.”

Joining her at Lone Goat Gallery is fellow artist Jay Foley, who works with paint and printmaking mediums, and is known for his printmaking workshops at the Tweed Gallery, where he says he finds inspiration and enjoyment in the very process of feeding other people’s creatively.

“It’s an inspirational, and yet humbling experience,” he says, having taken the decision to stop teaching and focus on creating his own exhibition work.

Jay Foley’s inspiration comes from tending his rural garden. “My sense of place here on the North Coast is my inspiration. Home is my studio. The gardens and orchard are like a love story that I then record. It nourishes my soul”.  Having taught visual arts in high school for 22 years, Jay exchanged inspiration with his students.  Now retired, he sometimes teaches adults at Tweed Gallery, in the sense that the tradition of teaching means transmission, reception and adaptation in learning.

Sense of place is the common thread that weaves through Maria Paterson and Jay Foley’s art works in this exhibition Between. What is and what is imagined - evoking the thoughts and feelings of the artists using a variety of mediums and techniques such as paint, drawing and collaborative printmaking.

View more of Maria Paterson's work here.