Join Byron Arts Magazine and renowned Australian artist Janet Laurence for an exclusive evening of conversation and art at Pack Gallery, Bangalow on Saturday, April 27. Guests will enjoy a botanical experience with the recreation of Janet's Elixir Bar curated by TOWN Restaurant, Bangalow.

A highlight of the evening will be a talk hosted by Lee Mathers from Northern Rivers Community Gallery who will discuss Janet's passion for nature and her art. Lee was awarded an Australia Council and Object Design mentorship with Janet and worked on 'A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants', part of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.

Last month the Northern Rivers Community Gallery saw the exciting upgrade from halogen exhibition lighting to energy efficient LED lamps.

The move to LED lights is expected to achieve energy consumption and cost savings of up to 98% when compared with the previous halogen lighting system. The reduction in heat emitted in the new LED lighting system, opposed to halogen lamps, will also provide significant reductions in energy consumption costs to maintain temperature control in the Gallery environment and is better for the artworks on display. The lighting upgrade will achieve significant operational savings, which will be reinvested back into arts and cultural activities for the community.

AVAILABLE NOW | Subsidised Creative Studio Spaces

Ignite Studios @NRCG, is Ballina Shire's newest creative space offering subsidised studios and event spaces. The three airy spaces utilise the original residential living areas of the beautifully restored and heritage listed former Ballina Fire Station. Each studio space is fully secure with lockable doors and range in size from 10m2 to 18m2. All studios are available on a six or twelve month lease to creative practitioners from all disciplines, including but not limited to: independant creative industry, design, visual arts, digital media, photography, film, arts administrators, curators, performance and writing. Practitioners from Ballina Shire, Northern Rivers and across NSW are welcome to apply.

For further information and to download the application form go to the 'Studio Spaces' tab under 'Ignite Studios' or contact Lee Mathers, Gallery Coordinator, on 02 6686 1494.

FIERY EXHIBITION + OPEN STUDIO | Lesley Ryan + Melissa Wright 

8 December 2018 | Ignite Studios @NRCG | 60 Crane St Ballina

Lesley Ryan and Melissa Wright have been sharing a studio in Ignite for nearly 12 months. In that time, they have worked towards a major exhibition at Northern Rivers Community Gallery. To celebrate and reminisce about their creative year the artists are holding an open studio and pop-up exhibition in the Engine Room.

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