December 2023

Newsletter of Kyogle and Districts Arts Council Inc.
December 2023

Update from the President, Cris Matthews

It’s been an interesting year!

Operating with a committee for the first time, holding members’ forums every two months, and holding some of these in villages around the LGA: Woodenbong and Bonalbo, as well as in Kyogle.

The members’ forums which we held at Woodenbong and Bonalbo were quite successful and well attended.

However, the members’ forums are still under-attended – we’d love to have more input from our talented artists and members! Refreshments are offered!

I attended two exhibition openings as well as the launch of Gail Fay’s children’s book, Kombi Kapers and JayneeAM’s Bohemian Kings X Swan Song movie launch over the past year which were all interesting and enjoyable. 

I am looking forward to all our events next year.

And an Update from KDAC Secretary, Carol Harris

Another year has flitted past us. I wish everyone a peaceful and safe Festive season with family and friends, or just by yourself. 

As Cris mentioned, this year we trialled bi-monthly members forum meetings around the LGA, along with our monthly committee meetings in Kyogle. Two of the members’ forums were held in outlying villages, at Woodenbong & Bonalbo respectively. These events were friendly, informative, allowed us to get to know members and others living in these villages, and they were great for sharing of ideas for activities we could consider down the track. We took on board all comments and ideas and hopefully will be able to put some of them into action in 2024. Unfortunately, things just don’t happen overnight. 

We will aim to organise a Wardrobe Surgery weekend workshop in the Bonalbo area, (which was postponed from November till early 2024 due to too low attendance enrolments at the time, but a lot of other natural events were taking people’s time around then), and perhaps even one in Tabulam/Mallanganee area and probably a return one for Kyogle. So please let me know if you would be interested in attending any of these.

Our ‘home base’ members’ forums in Kyogle were poorly attended. We really do value input from our members, Roxy Gallery volunteers, as well as our sub-committees for us to be a viable, productive and effective organisation.  We are a long-running local organisation as we have been established for over 65 years here in Kyogle. But without your input and support we can no longer maintain the pace. We need new extra blood, to hop on board and help where possible. 

The recent show “Songs from the Porch of Life”, held on 26 November at the KMI Hall, was a very different event to those we usually hold, but it was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended. The group just loved the KMI as a venue and are keen to come back an even perform at some of our village halls. As a result of this show, an idea has been suggested of trying to organise some local song writers to get together with this group, in some sort of workshop for the sharing of skills, so maybe this can eventuate also during next year. I personally loved the ukulele playing. This instrument always sounds lovely to me.

We are already looking at bringing back “Tenori” who will be performing in the first half of next year, venue yet to decided.  Many of you may remember them at their last show, back in about 2018. Comprising three of the original ten tenors, the show is very professional, entertaining and it will be great to have them return to our lovely town.

Finally, don’t forget to support Kyogle Tidy Towns’ Summerland Giant Pumpkin & Watermelon Festival which will take place on Sat 20th January 2024, Stratheden St. Keep an eye out for posters around town for all the day’s fabulous activities and events. 

I hope that many members are entering the Art Competition, which will end in an exhibition at Roxy Gallery during and after the festival. Some excellent prize money on offer from its sponsors.

The Bi-annual Kyogle Readers & Writers Festival (previously Kyogle Writers Festival) will be held next year too in May. So, keep an eye out for information about that event as well (including this newsletter).

Diary Note; Our first 2024 meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd February, 11am Roxy Gallery, Kyogle, so please make an effort to come along and be part of KDACs planning for the year as the AGM will be held in March.

And don’t forget to keep up to date with happenings  by checking out KDACs Webpage and Facebook page. 

Thank you all for being part of KDAC and we hope to see more of you next year.  

Carol Harris -Secretary/Treasurer 0412321552   cb_harris@yahoo.com.au

Bringing us up to speed with Council Strategy

Kyogle’s new Community Strategy Manager, Ms Lynn Mathers, attended our November committee meeting to formally introduce herself, to give us an understanding of her professional background and to talk about her role. Lynn has worked in local government and private enterprise in community and stakeholder engagement and communications and marketing.  

Lynn’s new role will be to manage Council’s community and economic development initiatives through effective stakeholder engagement. The role also involves her in developing and implementing strategies, policies and programs that will support community, economic and cultural development.

The three portfolio areas she will be managing are:

  • Community Recovery and Community Development
  • Tourism and Economic Development
  • Arts and Creative Industries. 

Lynn’s enthusiasm for her role and the energy she intends to bring to the role was obvious and we look forward to working with her over the coming year to support and expand Kyogle’s arts and culture landscape.

What’s happening with the Kyogle Writers Festival?

A lot, actually. As you may know, the KWF was a sub-committee of KDAC until early this year, when a new entity, Kyogle Readers and Writers Inc was born. The inclusion of the word ‘Readers’ in the name of the organisation is important, because we wanted to acknowledge the equal importance of readers and writers. KWF recently held its first AGM and the 2024 committee consists of the following people:

Co-Convenors: Sue Page and Kevin Markwell

Admin Manager: Sue Page

Finance Manager: Sue Millican

Creative Director: Paul Shields

General Committee Members: Margie Brace and Vince Stead  

The committee is hard at work putting together the programme for the Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival that will burst into life on 17 and 18 May, 2024. We have some wonderful writers coming along and the usual feast of writers’ talks, panel discussions, poetry, and workshops will all be on the literary menu. Most of Friday 17 will be focused on school students, with the bulk of the general programme on Saturday 18th. Venues will include the KMI Hall, Roxy Gallery, Uniting Church Hall and the Community Centre. 

Over the next few months, you will see more details around town, on the Kyogle Readers and Writers Facebook page and via the website: just search for Kyogle Readers and Writers in your favourite search engine.

Kyogle Life Drawing Group: Cris Matthews

We meet every 2nd Monday at the Supper Rooms in Kyogle, corner of Roxy Lane and Stratheden St, from 1.15 for 1.30 until 4.00pm with a break in the middle. $20 per session, bring your own materials, four easels are available, bring a board. Tables and chairs provided.

Any medium is welcome!

We have artists coming from Casino, Lismore, Cawongla and Nimbin as well as from the Kyogle area.

We are starting an Evening Group next year: 4th Thursday from 5.15 for 5.30 until 8.30pm, also at the Supper Rooms.

We are also very excited to be holding our 1st Exhibition next year! End of May to the end of June!

There will be Life Drawing Sessions held, our regular 2nd Mondays and 2 evening sessions at the Roxy, dates to be confirmed.

I am also looking at booking a group at Cawongla next year, and I am meeting to discuss this early next year.

Out 1st Group at the Supper Rooms next year is Monday 8th of January with a 1st time model, 1.15 for 1.30 start, $20.

Our 1st Evening at the same Venue is Thursday the 25th of January, 5.15 for 5.30 start, ending at 8.30, $20.

Save the Date: KDAC AGM 2024

Our Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday 2 March, commencing at 11.00am at the Roxy Gallery. This is a very important meeting because reports will be given by the President, Secretary/Treasurer about how the organisation is going, its report card, if you like, and then, importantly, the 2024 committee will be elected. All positions will be declared vacant. As our Secretary, Carol Harris, mentioned in her report, if KDAC is to continue to not only operate but expand its activities and events, it needs members to step up and join the committee.  Being a committee member is actually a really enjoyable and creative experience and you get the chance to make a real difference in enhancing the arts and culture scene in Kyogle. Remember, if you want to see change, you need to actively participate in bringing about that change.

5 Reasons to Consider Joining the KDAC Committee at the next AGM in March

1. You can help shape the organisation’s activities over the coming year

2. It’s a way of giving back to your community

3. It’s fun to meet regularly with like-minded people to talk about the arts and figure out ways to better support the arts in Kyogle

4. You can learn or enhance your skills and abilities relating to event organisation, marketing and promotion and the ways committees operate 

5. It’s a great way to meet other people from Kyogle who are passionate about arts and culture

All the very best for the Festive Season and we really hope that 2024 will be a great year for all of our members and for KDAC as an organisation.

See you in 2024!

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

Our next KDAC News will be out at the beginning of February.