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.

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.


Is there really no place like home?

Two  2016 by Kathryn Dolby

Two 2016 by Kathryn Dolby

The Arrival  2016 by Natalie Grono

The Arrival 2016 by Natalie Grono

Lake Series  2016 by Greg Furney

Lake Series 2016 by Greg Furney

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is being taken over this month by special guest curators, Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison, to present a unique exhibition that explores the idea of ‘home’ through four individual interpretations of the concept.

Sydney artist Heath Franco won the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for emerging artists against a very strong field of young contemporary artists. When asked to curate an exhibition at NRCG, the guest curators decided to focus on three local emerging artists who were new to the Gallery. They said they fantasised about asking a leading emerging artist to exhibit as well, and that Heath seemed like a perfect choice.

All New Home is presented through the eyes of four contemporary artists; each with their own personal understandings of ‘home’.

Heath Franco revisits his childhood home in Berridale on video, and the experience of seeing a familiar childhood landscape through adult eyes. Lismore painter Kathryn Dolby views the home as a space that is loaded with intimacy and memory and for ceramicist Greg Furney, home is a place of comfort and retreat.

Byron Arts Magazine’s own staff photographer and Lennox Heads local Natalie Grono, believes that home is very much connected to her coastal way of living and portrays this through her display.

“We were thrilled when Heath consented to have his most recent work Home Town Two displayed on the Northern Rivers,” the guest curators said.

Drawing on the title of Heath’s exhibition, the special guest curators selected the three accompanying local artists who they thought could conjure the idea of ‘home’ in a variety of ways through their artwork.

“Our culture is swept up in the idea of home improvement, and yet our idea of home varies considerably,” they said.

“For some, home is associated with a sense of bitter-sweet nostalgia, while for others feelings evoke a sense of home more than any physical place.”

These bold interpretations of home will continue to be displayed until Sunday 20 November, 2016

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. 

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Post by Liz Calligeros