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Tracing Threads: The Artistic Journey of Katie Alleva

Periodically, the work of a printmaker from Mullumbimby emerges at the forefront of the Australian art scene. Talented printmaker Katie Alleva shone as her exhibition, ‘Tracing Threads,’ graced the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in March/April. The creative culmination of her First Class Honours degree at Griffith University, the exhibition delves into the deeply personal migration story of her Italian Alleva family.

Katie’s exploration of her family history is a captivating journey through oral stories, vintage photographs, cartography, and archival artifacts. Through her art, she confronts ancestral intergenerational trauma and seeks to understand her place within this intricate web of migration narratives.

Connecting Through Art

Showcasing artwork at the Print Council of Australia (PCA) is a significant achievement for any artist; therefore, Katie Alleva’s opportunity is particularly thrilling. The PCA serves as the leading body for printmaking in Australia, connecting and representing printmaking communities and works on paper nationally.

Furthermore, this venture provides Katie with a platform to connect with a broader audience, particularly Melbourne’s substantial Italian migrant community. The project became a reality thanks to the support of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which champions the arts in regional and remote Australia. The Print Council of Australia Gallery in Melbourne has scheduled the grand opening for October 5.

Botanical Blueprint Workshops

In addition to her printmaking prowess, Katie Alleva runs Botanical Blueprint workshops in both Mullumbimby and Burleigh Heads. These workshops provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore the intricate art of botanical printing, creating beautiful and intricate works of art inspired by nature. To find out more about her workshops, you can visit her website at www.katiealleva.com.au.

Byron School of Art: Where Artistic Dreams Take Shape

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the world of art, the Byron School of Art (BSA) offers year-long courses that provide valuable support to emerging and established artists. These courses provide a platform to explore contemporary ideas and art practices, offering both knowledge and experience in the field.

Whether you’re just starting your artistic journey or looking to further develop your skills, BSA’s studio programs can help you form a comprehensive understanding of the world of art. For more information on BSA’s long courses, you can visit their website at byronschoolofart.com.

Lismore Regional Gallery: Where History Speaks through Art

From September 30 to October 28, 2023, the Lismore Regional Gallery presents “Where they walked,” an exhibition featuring the works of four First Nations artists: Kylie Caldwell (Bundjalung), Luke Close (Githabul), Nickolla Clark (Arakwal), and Jenn Rowe (Trawlwulwuy). This exhibition aims to reclaim lost traditional knowledge and voices erased by colonization, advocating for a gentler and more sustainable custodianship of the land.


This exhibition, open from Tuesday to Saturday (10 am to 4 pm) and Thursdays (10 am to 6 pm), is supported by Lismore City Council and Creative Australia.

Ingenuity Sculpture Exhibition: A Celebration of Creativity

Celebrate the beauty of sculpture and creativity at the ‘Ingenuity Sculpture Exhibition,’ held within the historic Mullum Museum grounds. This event, taking place from October 7 to 15 (10 am to 4 pm), is a must-see for art enthusiasts of all ages. The launch event on October 7, featuring Mayor Michael Lyon, promises to be unforgettable, accompanied by the jazz ensemble Parrot:Baartz Project.

The exhibition features artist talks, workshops, and an ‘Art Drop’ scavenger hunt on October 14, providing a unique experience. Join in this cultural celebration at the Mullum Museum.

Hele Ellis: ‘Entering the Zone’

Hele Ellis’s ‘Entering the Zone’ solo exhibition at Vampt, September 28 to October 12, marks her creative journey’s testament.

During the exhibition, ‘Entering the Zone’ art workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October at Vampt.

Discover Your Artistic Potential with Michelle Walker

For those seeking a creative outlet, join a silversmithing class with Michelle Walker. Michelle’s jewelry classes suit beginners crafting their unique pieces or those seeking skill improvement. These small classes are held in a beautiful, purpose-built studio, offering a personalized and immersive experience.

For more information, you can contact Michelle through her website at michellewalkerart.com/workshops.

Michael Philp’s ‘Silhouette of Memories’

Tweed Regional Gallery presents ‘Silhouette of Memories,’ featuring Michael Philp’s art inspired by personal history and cherished memories. Michael Philp’s exhibition follows his 2022 Bundjalung award win at the Wollumbin Art Award.

‘c.a.s.e. Postcard Show’: Wonder Unleashed

Launching on September 19 with the theme ‘wonder,’ the 2023 ‘c.a.s.e. Postcard Show’ will be open from December 15 to 17, 2023, at the Byron School of Art in Mullumbimby. This exhibition showcases the work of the creative community, with over 450+ entries received last year. Entries in all media, including video, are welcome.

Entries for the ‘c.a.s.e. Postcard Show’ close on Saturday, November 18. For more details, visit their website at www.caseartspace.com or find them on Instagram at @c.a.s.e.inc.

Explore Local Art Galleries

The Northern Rivers region boasts a vibrant arts scene with numerous art galleries waiting to be explored. From landscapes to abstract works, ceramics, jewelry, and more, you can discover a world of artistic expression. Here are some local art galleries you can visit:

  • Artist Studio Gallery (Belongil Beach): Open by appointment, www.janrae.com.au
  • Artist’s Home Gallery (Byron Bay): Open by appointment, jaypearse.com
  • H’art Gallery (Mullumbimby): Local art in the heart of Mullumbimby
  • Healing Art Design & New Age Gallery (Azura Kingscliff): Shop 2B, 60 Marine Parade
  • Lennox Arts Collective (Lennox Head): Open Tues-Sun 10 am-3 pm, [lennoxartscollective@gmail.com

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