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We’re excited to launch a partnership project with Studio Tropico, establishing a 3 part series of live panel discussion events, which will be recorded and released as video and audio podcasts.

The discussions will be filmed with live audiences and will complement events within the multi-arts Northern Rivers Creative annual program, which is delivered in partnerships with regional organisations and venues. 

The 2022 program of events includes Self, a gender themed exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery, a design showcase in Byron Bay and an experimental arts themed exhibition at Elevator ARI in Lismore. 

Each episode will focus on a different creative category and will engage local creatives to join an industry focused conversation, inspiring audiences through an insight into their creative practice, discussing the local creative activity and wider industry developments.


Episode 1 – Self Exhibition

Theme: Gender


Join the first live event augmenting the current Self exhibition open at Grafton Regional Gallery. Creative Producer Ingrid Wilson will lead a discussion joined by exhibiting artists Joe Swepson and Stephen Garrett – inspiring audiences through an insight into their creative practice, with a focus on all things gender.

Following the discussion, stay for the afternoon (3-5pm) for the public opening event for the exhibition featuring the work of local artists including Joe Swepson, Stephen Garrett, Xanthe Dobbie, Laith McGregor, Fabian Pertzel and Antoinette O’Brien. Explore the gallery through to the adjoining sculpture garden where you can indulge in drinks and nibbles while continuing the discussion of all things art.

This exhibition aims to participate in important and ongoing global conversations through varied gestures, expressions, and understandings of gender. Using the lens of their own experiences, each of the featured artists are exhibiting work expanding upon or challenging existing understandings of gender from social, political or cultural perspectives.

See you at Grafton Regional Gallery – a safe, inclusive, and affirming space.

Byron Shire




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