August 2023

WINTER TO SPRING: Kyogle Semitones Benefit Concert

Saturday September 9 at 2.30 pm, KMI Hall
Admission: $10.00 (cash only), children free

The Semitones, Kyogle’s own community choir, and a subcommittee of KDAC, will be combining with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Chamber Strings for its annual Benefit Concert on September 9. The great composers have been inspired to write some of their most soaring and transcending music for this combination of choir and orchestra.
Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, from the Solemn Vespers, is a hymn of praise which transports us to the realm of the angels. Solo soprano Jessica McElroy, a Kyogle local who has appeared with the Twelve Sopranos, will perform the angelic descant which crowns it. Nigra Sum, by the great cellist Pablo Casals, is a setting of a beautiful passage from the Song of Solomon from the Book of Psalms.
We have our own fine cellist in alto Louise Lander, who swaps voice for bow to join pianist Lindsay McGregor in the lovely accompaniment to an atmospheric song cycle from Canada called A Winter’s Day. Ubi Caritas is a haunting setting of a Gregorian chant.
Guest performers the NRC Chamber Strings play on their own from sonatas by favorite Baroque composers Handel and Corelli. And our dynamic choir director, Fiona Kerr, has some promising students to introduce to the public.
But the program is fascinatingly varied, and roams from Africa to the Caribbean. The lilting Calypso strains of Island in the Sun, made famous by Harry Belafonte, will be familiar to many. Then we have some playful Elizabethan madrigals about the cut and thrust of love. And there is even a round for some audience participation!
The concert proceeds are to benefit Kyogle Public School and Kyogle Lions Community Food Pantry. Afterwards, there will be a warming supper for a gold coin donation.
The concert will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street), September 9 at 2.30 pm. Admission will be cash only and will cost $10 per person and children free.

From the President, Cris Matthews

We had our bi-monthly Ordinary Meeting (Members’ Forum) last month at the Roxy.
We will be at Bonalbo, 7 October, at the Bonalbo Hall. That will be a great day trip for members from all over Kyogle LGA!
As usual, the exhibitions at the Roxy have been interesting.
We have two art Groups: Life Drawing and Ettrick Arts and Crafts now operating. Kyogle Semitones Choir is having a concert soon! Village Hall Players are rehearsing for their upcoming show too! These are all sponsored by KDAC.
Our new website and Facebook page are coming along and will be in operation very soon.
Yours Artfully,
Cris Matthews

International Art Textile Biennale coming to Kyogle!

That’s right, the Roxy Gallery will be playing host to this fabulous exhibition from 23 September until 11 November. The Roxy Gallery is one of eight galleries in Australia to be featuring the works and one of only two in NSW, the other being the Australian Design Centre, in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
The International Art Textile Biennale seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art textiles and features 35 artists from Australia, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Germany, Hungary, UK, Japan, India and France. These artists and their work reflect the wide breadth of the textile medium.
“The selected works push previously held notions of textile/fibre art, opening a dialogue about what it is to be a textile artist…in the 21st century”.
The Biennale is managed and produced by Fibre Arts Australia and curated by Glenys Mann.
It’s not often that Kyogle plays host to visiting exhibitions so securing this exhibition is a big coup for the Roxy Gallery and Kyogle and could encourage some textile-led tourism to the town over the coming weeks!

Kyogle Members’ Forum

A small number of members attended our first members’ Forum to be held in Kyogle.
After an update on what the committee have been up to, there was general discussion around a variety of topics. These includes opportunities for KDAC to run workshops in a variety of arts practices and utilising the gallery space for regular talks by artists. There was also some discussion about using the KMI Hall space for holding exhibitions in the future.
It was bought to our attention that the International Fibre Arts-Textile Biennale Exhibit” will be held in the Roxy Gallery, from Sept 22-Nov 11. Kyogle is only one of two regional towns in NSW to host this exhibit, from around the world, so a huge tick for our local community. Let’s hope the exhibition brings many visitors from afar to our town.
The next General Members Forum is being planned to be held in Bonalbo, at the public hall. Yet to be finalised but most probably sat 7th October, 11am.
We would love to see more members come along and have their opportunity to ask something of the committee, express any concerns, or share ideas for anything in the future, as we are here for you the members.
Powicks Pantry will be catering for the occasion.
Carol Harris

News from Woodenbong and Bonalbo

Woodenbong Art Group (WAG) and Bonalbo Artists’ Alliance (BAA) will hold their joint annual exhibition at the Roxy Gallery from 31 August until 17 September. The opening of ‘Celebration, A tribute to Jim Grasby, will take place between 1.00pm and 3.00pm Thursday 31 August. A member from each group will briefly speak. Included in this exhibition will be an installation and tribute to Jim Grasby, founder and past president of WAG.
A little later, on 9 September, between 11.00am and 1.00pm, the launch of Gail Fay’s children’s book, Kombi Kapers, will be held, followed by the Woodenbong Poets’ Breakfast.
Finally, on Saturday 16 September, from midday onwards, JayneeAM will launch her film, Bohemian Kings X Swan Song. A Q and A with JayneeAM will follow the screening, followed by light refreshments.

Dame Stan Munro nominated for prestigious award

Much loved local character, Dame Stan Munro, was nominated in the Arts and Entertainment category of ACON NSW’s Annual Honour Awards which were held at the Ivy Ballroom, George Street, Sydney on Wednesday 23 August, hosted by ABC journalist, Jason Om. These awards are held to recognise and celebrate people and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the NSW LGBTQIA+ community.
Stan’s nomination reads:
Stan Munro: For his decades-long work in showbusiness and Australian drag entertainment. From his time as host of Les Girls in the 1960s and 70s, to his recent appearances in ABC’s Back Roads and Queerstralia, Stan is a community and entertainment stalwart. Now 82, Stan continues to perform in Kyogle, where he now lives, and further afield. A long-time supporter of charities and causes, today Stan continues to serve and help his local community in Northern New South Wales.
Stan was up against some strong competition with TV celebrity and author, Courtney Act one of the other three nominees in the category. In the end, it was Courtney who received the award, but they spent the first few minutes of their acceptance speech celebrating the life and work of Stan, saying that Stan and his fellow performers paved the way for drag artists like Courtney. Stan was asked to stand and he received a round of applause.
KDAC is proud to support Stan, who has, over the years, entertained Kyogle residents while at the same time, helping to raise money for a number of charities, both locally and across the state, by helping to cover the costs of his flight to Sydney.

Ever thought of Exhibiting at the Roxy?

The Roxy Gallery aims to support established, emerging and aspirational artists from Kyogle LGA and the wider region with an objective to connecting content which will inspire creativity in artists and audiences, whether they be locals or visitors to our region.
Applications are assessed by a panel annually for the exhibition programme which runs from February to November.
The closing date for proposals must be submitted before 3 October 2023.
Applications and further information can be found online through the Roxy gallery page of Kyogle Council website

New KDAC website

That’s right, we now have a website (and you are onit right now!) courtesy of our grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, who we would like to acknowledge and thank veery much for their support for our organisation. The website was designed by KDAC member and local graphic and website designer, Kate McGain. The website will improve greatly our ability to communicate our events and other activities as well as raising our profile across the globe! To visit the website, go to kyoglearts.com.au

Village Hall Players Presents…
The Naked Truth, a comedy by Dave Simpson

Five very different women struggle to conquer pole dancing to put on a fund-raiser for a breast cancer charity. As their stories unfold and unravel, they share laughter and tears in this uproarious and moving play.
Two performances at Kyogle: Friday 22 @ 7.00pm and Sunday 24 @ 2.00pm. Also at Ettrick, Sunday 10 September and Saturday 16 September @ Goolmangar.
Tickets available at VillageHallPlayers.com
If you have any news relating to the arts and cultural scene of the Kyogle district that you would like to share with the world, or at least the 100 or so members of KDAC, please contact secretary@kyoglearts.com.au

Next Newsletter

Our next KDAC News will be out at the end of October. If you have any items or news that you would like to share, please email KDAC Communications Officer, Kevin Markwell at kevinmarkwell1962@gmail.com