Year in Review – November 2017

The former butcher's shop in Urunga became a pop-up gallery and its first exhibition, held March 25, was called Choice Cuts. Photo Gethin Coles.
The former butcher's shop in Urunga became a pop-up gallery and its first exhibition, held March 25, was called Choice Cuts. Photo Gethin Coles.

Nov 1: The pop-up gallery revitalising Urunga economically and culturally got a reprieve from a potential six-weeks-notice rental arrangement when Bellingen Shire Council agreed to charge them below market rates until the end of the financial year.  “It gives them security of tenancy over the summer and for two school terms,” Cr Klipin said. “These endeavours are hard to get off the ground – we need to keep the wind in their sails.”

Nov 8:  A project to bring high-quality art to the wooden power poles of Bellingen took its first tentative steps into the public gaze. On the east side of Church St near the public toilets a demo pole was decorated with musical notations and the words of a song, the work of  students from Bellingen High and their artistic mentors, Grace Menzies, Josh McKenzie and Lunci Renshaw.

OUTA Artist Kathy Taylor entering INNER exhibition.

OUTA Artist Kathy Taylor entering INNER exhibition.

Nov 22: Bellingen enjoyed a big weekend of art and creativity when artists, filmmakers and performers staged a new event called OUTA (Open Up To Art), organised by Arts Network Bellingen. It included a saxophonist piping people from one exhibition to another and evenings were enlivened by an outdoor film projection of The Universe Knows My Name.

Nov 29: McNally House at 23 Hyde St, which dates back to the 1880s and is the oldest house still standing in Bellingen township, was transformed into a homewares shop called Brush & Twine by Jane Kerr and Cathy Wade.