Paradise Found by Fleur Yorston
Visitors to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport will receive a contemporary take on a traditional islander welcome this September and October with an oversized interpretation of a Hawaiian Lei, by artist Fleur Yorston, on display in Northern Rivers Community Galleryâs (NRCG) latest Art at the Airport showcase.
Paradise Found is inspired by the artists upbringing in multi-cultural, Polynesian New Zealand (Aotearoa) and her own personal migration to Australia in 2009. Yorston invites her audience to ask themselves âWhat is your Paradise Found...?â
In the show an iconic Australian symbol - the Surfboard becomes a metaphor for a canoe (Waka in NZ) that 'First Explorers' used to cross oceans in search of new lands and new paradises. Intentionally it is juxtaposed next to an oversized interpretation of a Hawaiian Lei, traditionally given as a welcoming adornment upon arrival to visitors.
A painting also features in the show called 'Floating The Islands towards their paradise'. Fluid and transparent islands become vessels, highlighting the fragility of ones journey and the unknown destination of a paradise.
Pecha Kucha 20 / 20
Call-out for creative Pecha Kucha 20 / 20 presentations!
Do you have a fabulous creative project, idea or passion you would like to share with your peers?
âThe Point of Art isâ¦â â is the theme for the inaugural Pecha Kucha 20 / 20 evening as part of the ArtLAB project at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in October. A creative community get together for sharing ideas, works, innovations, collaborations, travels or any other quirky fabulous creative things happening far and wide you think people just need to know about!
Pecha Kucha 20 / 20 is a simple, fun, upbeat presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds in a digital slide presentation. The images advance automatically while you tell us your story.
The Pecha Kucha 20 / 20 event is on Saturday 3 October from 7pm at the NRCG in Ballina.
Local artist Jennifer Collins is putting a call-out to make sure your voice is heard in Canberra to 'Save Ballina's Koalas!'
Jennifer's exhibition The Cedar-getters Daughter explores current local debate around the proposed highway upgrade between Wardell and Ballina. The artist has researched government documents issued on the highway proposal and its impact on the future diversity of local flora and fauna. 'Save Ballina's Koalas' movement has been successful with informing people about the irreversible impact on the Koala population but the artist has discovered there is an alarming number of ecological communities and individual species that will also be permanently impacted by the highway deviation as listed in the government biodiversity assessment.
The artist says "It's not too late to stop the highway deviation" and invites visitors to the exhibition The Cedar-getters Daughter to take a FREE artist postcard and send your thoughts to the Federal Minister for the Environment.
The Pirates of Penzance
The brilliant new product of Gilbert and Sullivanâs âTHE PIRATES OF PENZANCEâ
plays The Byron Theatre for one night only
Mike Leighâs operatic debut The Pirates of Penzance breaks UK cinema box office records.
"If you think you donât like opera, come and see thisâ - Mike Leigh talks about The Pirates of Penzance, watch the trailer.
The Australia national cinematic releaseof âPIRATESâ through Potential Films, has enjoyed wide spread success since it was released as part of the ENO 2015 season.
The opera boasts a local connection with - Joshua Bloom as the Pirate King, born in Australia, graduated in Melbourne and has sung principal roles with Opera Australia and New Zealand-born Samoan bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu plays the Sergeant of Police.
English National Operaâs (ENO) cinema broadcast of Mike Leighâs production of The Pirates of Penzance is the UK's most successful opera on screen event, having taken in excess of 1.1M AUD at the UK box office so far, amounting to an audience of over 40,000 people, with encore repeat performances and international screenings still to take place.