April 2023

New Committee Elected

At the KDAC Annual General Meeting held on 4 March 2023, our new committee was elected. The 2023-2024 committee comprises:

President: Cris Matthews

Vice President and Communications: Kevin Markwell

Secretary and Treasurer: Carol Harris

General Committee Members: Lynda Clark, Janene Pickering, Keith Cameron

Meet Your New Committee

Cris Matthews grew up near Liverpool in the UK. After inheriting some money, she travelled to Australia in 1980. She loved it so much she’s still here all these decades later. She and her husband moved to Kyogle with their 2-year-old son in 1989. She knits and crochets various things and became a life model about 13 years ago, which she loves. Cris is also a stallholder at the Kyogle bazaar. 

Kevin Markwell has lived in the area for 15 years. Recently retired from his position as professor of tourism at Southern Cross University, Kevin is also the partnerships manager for Kyogle Readers and Writers Inc., which runs the Kyogle Writers Festival, Literary Allsorts and other events. He believes strongly in the role of arts and other creative endeavours in strengthening communities and attracting visitors.

Carol Harris moved to Kyogle from Sydney 46 years ago has been involved with KDAC about three decades as well as the Fairymount Festival, Main St Programme, adult education, and she has been a volunteer with the Kyogle Visitors Information Centre for about 15 years. Tourism has been a great interest for me all my life, having studied this soon after leaving school. 

Lynda Clark grew up in Kyogle and has lived here most of her life. A Registered Nurse and Midwife, she had her own clothing & art/gift lines business, Figleaf.  She was a ballroom dancing competitor and teacher. Lynda has had a lifelong interest in the arts.  She is currently local group leader of Wraps With Love Inc and Crochet Queens and Knights wot Knit, and Yarnbomber. She is also a philanthropist working actively towards an Emergency Women’s Shelter for Kyogle. 

Janene Pickering is a recent arrival to Kyogle. Moving here recently from Melbourne. She has a background in the Visual Arts and Education, with some experience in Victorian Neighbourhood Houses. She is a firm believer in the benefits of building positive community interactions, and she hopes that her involvement with KDAC can reflect this.

Keith Cameron has lived in Kyogle for 5years and in the greater Northern Rivers area for 38 years. Originally from a farming background in Victoria, he is a practising artist and is now mainly working with sculpture. He has several large, commissioned works in Lismore, Grafton and South West Rocks, Kempsey. He has been a founding member of many art groups both here and in Victoria, ‘Art About’ being one of these. He is very interested in establishing visual arts into the community through groups and exhibitions.

Changes to Meetings

We are going to trial a new schedule of meetings for the remainder of the year. The committee will meet monthly on a Tuesday afternoon. The general meetings that used to be held monthly, will change to every two months beginning in June (ie June, August, October and December).  These meetings will alter their focus slightly and become Members’ Forums whereby committee members will bring members up to date with outcomes of committee meetings and members can provide feedback on issues and topics that can then feed back into committee deliberations. We also want to take the Members’ Forums around the Kyogle LGA, so the first of these, held in June, will take place in Woodenbong, followed by Kyogle in August, Bonalbo in October and back to Kyogle in December. Oh, and to make things a bit more friendly, we will be providing morning teas at our Members’ Forums. We’d love to see you there.  These meetings will be held the first Saturday of the relevant month, beginning at 11.00am. The Kyogle meetings will be held at Roxy Gallery.

KDAC Successful in Attaining FRRR Grant

KDAC was successful earlier in the year in receiving a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for $4945.00 for a project called ‘Digital Transformation for the Kyogle and District Arts Council’. The grant will enable KDAC to purchase a laptop, software and a laser printer as well as paying for the design and development of a website, new logo and Facebook page. 

One outcome we are hoping for is to attract a broader cohort of active members and people willing to take on a committee position as well as actively participate in the events and activities of the organisation.

The website will significantly improve the way we promote the organisation’s various activities and events. The provision of a laptop will enable all KDAC business (including finances) to be entered into the computer and stored in a single computer (with back-up cloud storage). The project will greatly improve the capacity of the organisation to achieve its current objectives and expand these into the future.

Changes to Kyogle Writers Festival Sub-Committee

The very successful Kyogle Writers Festival has been organised by a sub-committee of KDAC. We have provided KWF with an organisational ‘home’ as well as auspicing their grant applications for a few years. 

But it’s now time for KWF to forge ahead as their own independent organisation. Over the past few months, the group of people who comprise the KWF sub-committee have been working towards becoming an incorporated organisation with the NSW Department of Fair Trading, which is now called Kyogle Readers and Writers Inc. This new name recognises that readers are just as important as writers.  While the Writers Festival has been the main focus over the past couple of years, KRaW want to expand their activities to include a range of stand-alone events across each year, such as the Literary Allsorts event (see below) offer more workshops and initiate other exciting projects and programs that will take place outside the three days of the festival. 

KDAC is proud to have provided an organisational home to the group over the past few years and is very happy to see the emergence of another arts organisation in Kyogle, Kyogle Readers and Writers. We wish them the very best for their future. 

Literary Allsorts: A juicy jumble of writers and poets in Kyogle in June

Kyogle Readers and Writers are excited to announce that they will be hosting their first ever Literary Allsorts on Saturday 3 June across three venues in Kyogle.

‘We love organising the Kyogle Writers Festival, but to be honest we could do with a breather this year, so the ‘big’ festival is now biannual, and that gives us space to try something different this year —Kyogle Readers and Writers Creative Director, Paul Shields explained.

‘It’s kind of a mini-fest, if you like, just over the one day and mostly in one venue. But it’s chocka-block full of really interesting and thought-provoking talks and panel discussions and performances, everything you love about a bigger festival, but bite-size.’

Highlights include powerful Indigenous author and model Sasha Kutabah Sarago in conversation with Dr Jenny Fraser; comedian and Northern Rivers Echo columnist, Mandy Nolan giving us the low-down on comedy writing with old friend Lisa Sharpe; and Gold Coast writer, Tim Baker talking to Sally Breen about his new book, ‘Patting the Shark’, an account of his experience with prostate cancer and the medical system.

Panels discussions include ‘Creating through floods and fire; ‘Displaced Literature’; and ‘The Last Outlaws’ a discussion about the award-winning podcast series which documents the untold story of Jimmy Governor. 

There is also the always popular free Poets Breakfast, being held at the KMI Hall Supper Rooms in conjunction with the Kyogle CWA.

The event wraps up with a cabaret event at the Kyogle Bowls Club featuring Lisa Sharpe’s one woman show Roar hosted by Odette Nettleton. Thor and Jasmine Phillips will be adding their musical talents to festivities.

Literary Allsorts is sure to sell out so get your tickets early. 

Tickets will be available through the Kyogle Readers and Writers website, www.kraw.com.au from Saturday 22 April and at the door if not sold out.

Overnight trip to Jumpers and Jazz Festival in Warwick: Expression of Interest

The Jumpers and Jazz Festival https://www.jumpersandjazz.com.au takes place in Warwick between 20 and 30 July and we are thinking of chartering a bus over the weekend 29 and 30 July. There are over 100 separate events taking place across the festival including performances by Dezzie D and the Stingrays, UQ Big Band, the Well Swung Daddies and Soul’D. As well as lots of yarn bombing and the quirky ‘tree jumper’ project.  If you like great music and yarning about yarn, then this weekend could be for you!

But we need to have a good idea who wants to come, so please let Carol Harris know if you would like to come along by Friday 12 May: cb_harris@yahoo.com.au or 66321550 (evenings).  We think it will be a fabulous weekend

Semitones Choir

Semitones are currently putting together the repertoire for the annual fundraiser concert  performance which is set for Saturday 9th September (the local charity which will be the recipient of the funds raised is yet to be decided). They will be accompanied by Conservatorium String Orchestra and Soprano Soloist Jessica McElroy (ex 10 Sopranos and a Kyoglian). Stay tuned for more information regarding tickets in our next newsletter.

Kyogle Life Drawing Group

Organised through KDAC, this friendly group meets every 2nd Monday at 1.15 for a 1.30 start and ends around 4.00pm. If you have an interest in life drawing, please come along to a session. The Group meets at the Banquet/Supper rooms, on the corner of Stratheden St and Roxy Lane, opposite the Kyogle Library and at the western end of the KMI Hall. 

The next group starts on Monday  May 1.

$20.00 per session. 

Call Cris for bookings or for more information: 0424368017

The sun will come up tomorrow!  Annie the Musical in Kyogle in May

The very popular musical, Annie, takes to the stage at Kyogle’s KMI Hall on Saturday 14 and 21 May, at 7.00pm with matinees on Sunday 15 and 22 May at 2.00pm. Presented by Village Hall Players, a subcommittee of KDAC, tickets are $20.00: General Admission (available all performances) and $15.00: Concessions (available matinees only). 

Tickets for both performances will be available online, and, for matinee performances only, at ClayCorner, cnr Summerland Way and Stratheden Street from Monday 3 April. Use this link for bookings for Saturday performances https://www.trybooking.com/CGTAM and this one for Sunday performances https://www.trybooking.com/CGXKO 

For further information, please email villagehallplayers@gmail.com

Roxy Gallery Presents: Mud and Ink

The print makers in this exhibition have come together to produce works that focus on the nature of floods as well as using the practice of printmaking to heal from the effects of such a disaster. Of the 20 artists exhibiting, the majority have a story to tell about how the devastating effects of the 2022 flooding disaster have affected them. Some artists lost their artworks to floodwaters, some lost their studio spaces, some lost their homes, and all of them share the experience of what unfolded as the water came down.

Volunteering at Roxy Gallery

Volunteers are always needed at the Roxy Gallery. KDAC’s friendly volunteers play a really important role in keeping the gallery open to the public five days per week, Wednesday to Sunday. It doesn’t matter if you can only afford one 2.5hr shift a month, it all helps. If you would like to find out more information about what being a volunteer involves, please contact cb_harris@yahoo.com.au or 66321550 (evenings).  

Membership Renewals Time

We’ve included your membership renewal form together with KDAC News. Please complete it as soon as you can and drop it off with one of our volunteers at the Roxy Gallery. We would really encourage you to include your email address so that we can improve communication with all our members and send out KDAC News via email instead of a mail out. However, if you don’t use email, just note this on your membership renewal form and we shall continue to mail out your KDAC news.

Well, that’s it for this issue of the KDAC News for this month.
If you have anything you would like included in the June KDAC NEWS, please email secretary@kyoglearts.com.au