Monthly news from the Bellingen Community Arts Council

December 2018

BCAC Grant successes

The Bellingen Community Arts Council is delighted to learn that we have been successful in our two applications to the Country Arts Support Program. This is a program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW.

Congratulations to Mixed Up Art on their successful application. The CASP funding of $3000 will support tutors to teach creative arts in an inter-generational program, ARTLINK, during 2019 
A further $3000 has been awarded towards a celebration of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival’s successful Music-by-Youth Project as part of the Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations in September 2019.  Camp Creative also generously supports the Music-By-Youth Project.

BCAC Youth Encouragement award for Visual Arts 2018
Despite the disappointment of being unable to stage the annual Youth Art Prize this year the BCAC continues to support young artists in the Bellingen shire. On Sunday 9th December we shall award two Year 12 art students $1,000 each to assist in their transition from school to tertiary education. The students were chosen by the art staff at their respective schools Bellingen and Dorrigo High. Their work will be on display at the opening of our Members Show. Do come along to support them.

We also have a Year 10 student from Bellingen High doing work experience at the Nexus Gallery a further initiative with local artistic youth.
Visit the Nexus webpage for more images and info
November 11 to December 6
Main Gallery

Nicole Crampton
ceramics and painting

Nicole is returning to the Nexus Gallery with her prize-winning ceramic series Anthropocene Man and immersive landscape painting.  After undertaking study with the renowned international ceramicist Cristina Cordova, Nicole's most recent ceramic work captures fleeting glimpses of the enigmatic beauty of bird-life

This exhibition explores the Stendhal beauty of the landscapes and fauna of the Mid North Coast.

Studio Gallery

Chris Fahey, glass
Janie News, photography

Through our involvement with Mid North Coast NSW art galleries we have discovered a shared passion for the beauty of local scenery.  Despite the very different mediums of photography and glass, there are many similarities in our approach to our art:  we both express our love of the beauty of nature and the environment in an abstract manner with vibrant colours.

In this exhibition we celebrate the arrival of summer using a colour palette featuring the blues, greens and golds of the beach.

December 9 to January 11 - opening 5pm Sunday Dec 9

Enjoy live music by  6plus

and hear about the winners of the BCAC Youth Encouragement Awards
at the Members' Exhibition Opening on Sunday December 9 !
January 20 to February 15  - opening 5pm Sunday Jan 20
Main Gallery
Sandy O'Brien

‘Trust the sky’ is an exhibition highlighting the natural beauty of the sky above us. I have spent several years capturing the infinite presentation of morning and evening skies, of storms and clear blue days, the racing of cloud cover and the myriad of colours that occur on a daily basis. Despite hundreds of days of study I realise I could study the sky forever and probably continue to produce work, which is entirely different from every other study. I have collected a diary of sketches and scribbles, of descriptions and studies and present a small selection of these works in this exhibition. Despite my love of watercolour  to capture the nuances of the weather I include only acrylic works in this exhibition and look forward to presenting a future exhibition experimenting with other mediums. The sky is the limit!
Studio Gallery
Anna Dunning

My exhibition is an exploration of colours, textures and views of our beach lifestyles and the creatures that we find at the beach. I will be exhibiting seascapes, ceramics and abstracts. Some will be explored through digital art, others through acrylics and others through pottery. 

I am inspired by the environment around me, the colours in the environment and the textures and tactile aspects of different surfaces.  This exhibition is a bright visit to a colourful coastline which never fails to calm and inspire me. 

February 17 to March 1  - opening 5pm Sunday Feb 17

exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist

Trevor Weekes

more info in the January Newsetter
Sunday Bites will return in 2019
For more images and info visit the BCAC website:
The 2019 Bellingen Fine Music Festival will be held
27-29 September 2019



While the current Festival committee will remain in place through next September, four of the five long-serving committee members have indicated that they will be stepping back after the 2019 Festival. This includes Chairperson Rosie Wickert, Treasurer John Conway, Secretary Lynn Tizzard and Artistic Advisor Aditya Van Der Meulen.
The committee is therefore looking for new members to join the team over the next 10 months, to work alongside the existing committee, and learn how the event is planned and presented, with an eye to new members taking over the Fine Music Festival reins from 2020 and beyond.
We are looking for people with existing skills, as well as the necessary time and commitment, who are dedicated to taking the Festival into its second decade, and want to continue bringing high-quality classical, jazz, and world music to the Bellingen region. 
If you love Fine Music and are interested in being involved, please come along to a short ‘Meet The Committee’ get-together on Wednesday, 5 December, 5pm at the Event Hub in the Waterfall Way Visitor Information Centre in Bellingen.
If you are unable to attend that meeting, but would like to play a role, please contact Rosie Wickert on 0419 401 901 or

Have a look at the BFMF website to see great photos of the 2018 Festival!
MIXED UP ART is holding a working bee at THE STABLES and you are invited!
Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th December - 12pm.  Morning tea (provided) at 11.00.
Please RSVP Julie on 0487484479 so we know how many to provide for.  Come for any amount of time you can spare. Wear old clothes and bring head covering and protective eye wear if you have it.We will be...

1. Scraping and cleaning the walls.
2. Sanding timbers for priming.
3. Priming - if we get this far :)
4. Painting - ditto.

Materials will be provided but if you have any of the following items please bring them along.
  • Sanding blocks 
  • Paint scrapers
  • Buckets
The new windows and doors will be installed and we will work in air conditioned comfort. See you there!

Stay in touch with the Stables Project by liking it on Facebook. Search for @stablesproject on Facebook.
or visit:  

Around and About

Arts Council of the Dorrigo more....
The Art Factory  more...

Art Space Urunga more....

Big Fig Arts more....

Bowraville Theatre more....

Coffs Harbour Arts Council  more....

Coffs Harbour Library   more....

Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group  more...

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery  more....

Open House:
Tamworth Textile Triennial
16 November - 25 January 2019

Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended nature of textiles practice today. All of the participant artists’ works are linked with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the sense of belonging that comes from working with other artists; while others take on wide-ranging issues, such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Through the process of creating, talking and exhibiting, the artists join together with visitors as equal participants in an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome.

Coldstream Gallery more....

Hastings Valley Fine Art Assoc.  more...
November Newsletter now available.   more....

Mid North Coast Art Priz
e 28 December 2018- 6 January 2019
.  Total prize money $5350, entries close 14 December. More info:

Macleay Valley Arts Council more....

Matilda Street Gallery  more....

Nambucca Valley Arts Council  more....

New England Regional Art Museum  more...

Sawtell Art Group  more....
Pen & Watercolour Techniques with Helen Goldsmith
Tue 11 Dec, $85. 

Different techniques using pen and ink wash will be demonstrated. Small works in the morning (flowers and still life) farm sheds, houses. In the afternoon we will be using different technique. Bookings close 4th December, email Gallery ( )

Screenwave International Film Festival  more....
10-25 January 2019

Preview Gala 8 Dec 7pm, Jetty Memorial Theatre: Backtrack Boys.  Opening Night 10 Jan 7pm, Jetty Memorial Theatre:: Terror Nullius.  Bellingen Venues for other screenings: Bellingen Memorial Hall and No 5 Church Street. 

Woolgoolga Art Gallery  more....

No Excuses - Just Do It!

Bellingen Life Drawing Group

Thursday mornings 10am till 1pm.  Bring all material.  Cost $10.  Contact Sue Gorrell on 6655 1692.
Dead Flowers Society
Drinks and Drawing session every Wednesday evening, 6-7pm
at The Bellingen Brewery & Co. .  $10 with all materials supplied. No booking required.

Exhibition Space
The Coffs Superclinic Medical Centre between CHEC and the Pacific Highway.  The clinic will help with setting up and running exhibitions for a10% commission. Contact Anne:

Mixed Media Art Classes
With Will Douglas in Fernmount.  Saturday morning 10am - 2pm. Phone  6655 2882

Moulding & Casting Workshops
Learn techniques using Alginate and Silicone Rubber with Jim Hood.  For details ring Jim on 6655 0716.

Bellingen Shire Band & Training Band.  Contact. Chris Frater 6655 2361.

Mystic Mountain Pottery Studio 
Available for Studio Time, Teaching and Firing.  Anne 0421 856 711.

Sculpture Workshops with Clay
Day, weekend and residential workshops at Fired Art Gallery and Sculpture Studios in Newee Creek.  Call Sally Hook on 6655 1903.

Tamasin Pepper - Ceramics for Adults
Wednesdays, weekly 9:30am-1pm and Saturdays, fortnightly 10am-1.30pm. $175 for a block of 5 classes that includes firing and glazing pieces made in class or $40 casual.  Phone 6655 9910 or 0400 986 655 or visit

The next BCAC Newsletter will be published on  6 January, 2019
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