BSA Open Day and 2019 Long-Course Applications Open

Corrie Furner's  This is Not a Still Life,  from the exhibition  Let Her Rip  curated by Natalie Bull and Zoe Robinson-Kennedy

Corrie Furner's This is Not a Still Life, from the exhibition Let Her Rip curated by Natalie Bull and Zoe Robinson-Kennedy

2019 applications for the Byron School of Art are now open. The BSA offers a series of year-long courses that provide an extensive grounding in the Visual Arts. These are structured programs incorporating drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D studies, design principles, art history and critical thinking regarding contemporary practice.

Students can study for one to three years, beginning with the Visual Arts Foundation, leading on to Visual Arts Practice in second year, and then to the Research & Portfolio Course in third year. Course activities include studio work, field trips, gallery visits, guest lecturers, and group exhibitions. 

The BSA will also be hosting an open day on October 14. From 11am to 2pm, you can drop in and walk through the studios and exhibition space in Mullumbimby, view current students' work and participate in the open drawing studio. It's a great way to find out more about the BSA and what they offer in terms of Visual Arts Education. For those interested in the Long-Course applications, there is an information session at 12pm.

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  • 2019 Long-course info session 12 - 12.30pm

  • Exhibition of current students' work

  • Information session on BSA Project Space 12.45pm 

  • Open drawing studio - all welcome

  • Live music from 2pm with M.E. Baird, local Singer-Songwriter, Artist, Educator and friend of the BSA

    Applications for the 2019 intake must be received by 31 October, with intake interviews to be held in November. For more information visit the BSA website and look under LONG COURSES, where you may also apply online. If you have any questions, email or phone 0487 362 141. 

Art In the Pub: Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths on the Art of Collaboration


Art in the Pub: BAM's Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison on Australian Art and Walking

Join us at the Courthouse Hotel for Art in the Pub, as BAM Associate Editor Sharne Wolff and contributor Jane Denison speak about From Here to There: Australian art and walking.


CUBE to exhibit Noel Hart glass works

CUBE, the smallest gallery in the Southern Hemisphere, is located in Mullumbimby.

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July 10 sees a change over of art in the CUBE. Artists Noel Hart and Curator Dev Lengjel met at 2pm in the council admin in Mullumbimby to change over the exhibition from Jennifer Grainger to Noel Hart.

Noel Hart is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who has lived in the rainforest of Huonbrook, west of Mullumbimby for 30 years. In that time he has developed a unique visual language utilising blown glass in an expressive painterly manner. This work has been exhibited internationally
for the last 20 years.

The colours in the glass reference either species of parrots which are at risk of extinction, or, if they do survive the present onslaught, the colours of speculative as yet unevolved species.

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.


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


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

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


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.

Downstairs Studio, 152 Keen Street, Lismore
Thursday 12pm - 3pm | Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm | Sunday 10am - 3pm

Art Piece Gallery's Inaugural 30x30 Art Prize Winners Revealed

Saturday evening revealed the (joint!) Winners of the inaugural Art Piece Gallery 30x30 Art Prize: Kat Shapiro Wood, and Vanessa Stockhard.

The $6000 prize will be divided between the two artists. As expected, a huge crowd turned out to witness the announcement. The previous day, judges Susi Muddiman OAM and artist Amanda Penrose Hart, winner of the 2017 Gallipoli art prize had considered all 230 pieces, and after much deliberation, decided to equally divide the First Prize between two artists. The exhibition of finalists will be on view at the gallery until January 22 2018.

The Winners:

Joint First Prize

Kat Shapiro Wood  Hover, encaustic on board, 30 x 30 cm

Kat Shapiro Wood
Hover, encaustic on board, 30 x 30 cm

Other awards:

Best Still Life in Show
Nick Coulson
Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I
acrylic and graphite on board
30 x 30 cm

Highly Commended Awards
Gaia Barnatan
Head in the clouds
30 x 30 cm(framed)

Clare Purser
Fassifern Valley III
oil and mixed media on board,
30 x 30 cm(framed)

Gaia Barnatan,  Head in the clouds

Gaia Barnatan, Head in the clouds

People's Choice Award
Kindly sponsored by The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce
This is a newly added prize of $500.00 and is only available
by voting in person, at the gallery.

This new, national, non-acquisitive prize is for a 2D work of art in any medium measuring 30x 30 cm.

Vanessa Stockard  Pleasure and Pain, acrylic on board 30 x 30 cm (framed)

Vanessa Stockard
Pleasure and Pain, acrylic on board
30 x 30 cm (framed)

Nick Coulson  Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I

Nick Coulson
Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I

Clare Purser ,  Fassifern Valley III

Clare Purser, Fassifern Valley III

Art in the Pub: Annique Goldenberg's Arctic Residency

Join us Monday 27th November for the last Art in the Pub for 2017



Chandeliers and other Ocean Ornaments

Chandeliers and other Ocean Ornaments is a group show with new work by Sabine Bosche, Lisa Black, Zimmi Forest and Megan Puls at Art Piece Gallery.

Join us for the opening party: Friday, November 3 at 6-8pm


Art Piece Gallery

70 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby


Byron School of Art's Visual Arts Foundation Course: Applications closing soon

Applications for BSA's first-year course on Visual Arts Foundation will be closing on October 21. If you've been thinking about learning how to take your practice to the next level, here is your chance.

BSA Visual Arts Foundation is a one-year course providing an extensive grounding in the Visual Arts. This is a structured studio program incorporating drawing, painting, printmaking, 3d studies, design principles, colour theory, art history and creative thinking. The course is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to form an integrated understanding of contemporary ideas and practices. This course will introduce researching tools for those wishing to follow up with VAP and VARP. Whether you are starting out, or you are a more experienced artist needing to develop your skills and art practice, this course provides a solid foundation. The primary focus of all our teaching is on the individual.    


(FYVA) One Year Course  

30 weeks, Two days per week: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

LOCATION | BSA Building, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby     

DATES |  February 2018 -  November 2018

Term 1 | 27 February – 11 April, 7 weeks  (3 week Vacation)  

Term 2 | 8 May –  4 July, 9 weeks  (3 week Vacation)

Term 3 | 31 July – 19 September, 8 weeks  (3 week Vacation) 

Term 4 | 15 October – 21 November, 6 weeks          

A flexible course structure makes it possible to work with each student and be specific about their requirements and artistic development. All our teachers are experienced educators with nationally recognised art practices. Course activities include studio work, field trips, gallery visits, guest lecturers and group exhibitions.

Note: Students who complete the Foundation year are then eligible for the Visual Arts Practice course.    

Total Cost for the year is $4565 (incl. GST). If students pay in full before 3rd February 2018 course fee will be discounted to $4300 (incl. GST). 

To secure a place in the course, students must sign up for the whole year. (If due to any unforeseen circumstances the course does not run, all monies will be refunded.)

To apply for the Visual Arts Foundation Course please complete the Application Form below.  All information and details within this form will be treated confidentially.  BSA staff will contact you to arrange a time to meet to discuss your application and to answer any questions you may have about the course. 

If you have any further questions please contact us at or phone 0487 362 141

Paper Cuts at BSA this Friday

Join us on Friday at the opening of Paper Cuts, an exhibition by members of c.a.s.e.  
Ten artists, ten different responses to a 10-metre length of fabriano paper. 


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.

A Fabled Object opening at Byron School of Art

 A Fabled Object is a small object group show curated by Susie Duggin & Meredith Cusack.


Exhibition Opening Friday 22 September, 6am - 8pm
112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby

Exhibition runs from 22 September - 4 October
Open Monday - Saturday, 10am to 2pm
or by appointment 0431 034 892