We're moving on this.....

It's a whole new concept, a whole new Murwillumbah Art Trail and it will be like nothing you've ever seen.

Here's a teaser for you clever people who go snooping around for un-advertised information on the interwebs.....

  • A link with the Indigenous Kinship festival to lead into the exhibition openings.
  • Opening night launch - imagine tango, marble dust and projections, live music, eye-popping fashionistas and the art party of the year in an as yet secret space.
  • Art venues all over Murwillumbah - pop-up galleries with works by talented artists and crafters.
  • Street food at a laneway party with projections on buildings
  • Revitalisation of Budd Park as a sculpture garden with live music and real life for all the community
  • Workshops to get your creative juices flowing

And this is just a start




MATours to bring the tourists in

 Murwillumbah CBD businesses should expect a huge boost in business during the week of the Murwillumbah Art Trail ( MAT) May 25-30 with organisers expecting at least 3000 people to visit the MAT exhibitions and many of them to take advantage of the guided tours- MATours.

The MATours are designed for visitors to Murwillumbah who want to have the full MAT experience in a very short time.   Tourists will enjoy Murwillumbah and MAT2017 through the eyes of a local guide. They will meet the artists, hear about the history and art deco architecture, dine at selected restaurants,  drink good coffee,  relax and have a laugh, and delight in the full MAT Art and food experience.

 With nineteen sites confirmed for the MAT, the tour which incorporates morning tea and lunch is anticipated to take 4-5 hours. Small groups of up to twelve people will all be wearing “on tour” badges so businesses should easily be able to recognise them

 “When you go visiting a new town the best way to see the most of it is to take a guided tour. These tours are designed for those who have never been to Murwillumbah and want to learn and see as much as they can in a short time,” organiser Natascha Wernick said. “This is the opportunity to ask those aunties, uncles, cousins and friends from outside of Murwillumbah to visit.  Invite them all! Let’s bring as much money to this town as we can during this time of recovery!” 

 For more information and bookings go to www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com

Murwillumbah Set To Shine!

With the Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT) now only three weeks away the organisers have announced the special line up for their Opening Night Show at the Regent Cinema May 26th  and a range of art workshops from May 25th-28th.

The MAT Opening Night Show on Thursday evening the 26th May promises to be a fabulous night of performance and shiny fun as we celebrate the opening of our third Murwillumbah Art Trail. A newly formed theatre troupe from Murwillumbah called the “illuminating make over divas” have created a bespoke show for the MAT opening night that promises to be entertaining, funny and ...motivational - a celebration of our Murwillumbah culture.

“The Shine Show” travels the world turning up where it is most needed. Their mission? To help people to find their ‘Shine’. It seems with the recent flooding in our shire, these ladies of the light are ready to spread their own brand of quirky love and salvation.”   MAT Organiser Natascha Wernick explained, “A bold, colourful and dynamic performance THE SHINE SHOW includes storytelling, song, dance and film. You will leave feeling uplifted and shining from the inside out!”

Also on the program for the night will be "Sponsor's Private Selection” Awards. This provides the opportunity for our Gold Sponsors to present an award to the artist of their choosing.  Tickets are $30 and include sumptuous canapés provided by The Modern Grocer, Beer by Stone and Wood and cocktails by Husk Distillers.

MAT organisers and artists are also offering a series of art workshops over the 5 days of the MAT. Workshops include: Figurative sculpture with Marie France Rose; Painting acrylic stencils with Barb Suttie; Ceramic wall hanging flower vase with Marian Williams; Revamp – Gathering for lovers of beads with Michele Bevis; Glass mosaic with Jenny Sayer; Drawing on site event with Shirley Kennedy and Gondwana land participatory mural workshop. There will also be a children’s workshop: the Children’s Butterfly Trail making, painting and drawing butterflies.  You can find out more about these workshop at themurwillumbaharttrail.com/events-and –workshops.

  Opening nightbookings and all other info at the www.murwillumbaharttrail.com

The Murwillumbah Art Trail Architectural Projection

Murwillumbah Art trail organisers Invite the community to experience a very special architectural projection exhibition on the evening of May 27 in Wharf Street Murwillumbah.  The wall of the Southern Cross Credit Union building will be the site of this very special event.

The Architectural Projection Project is an exhibition of digital art exploring the theme of the Past, Present and Future of the Tweed Valley with artists Peter Charuk and Di James creating a contemporary and multilayered response.

Curator Annie Long explains, “ both artists have responded to the theme of past, present, future with inspiration from the Tweed Regional Museum collection.”

Artist Di James says “Time to heal the past, time to be present in the here and now, right now, this fleeting fragment of a moment, time to grow unity and connection into the future, right now.” Di has collaborated with Indigenous art and cultural advisor, Magpie Yerrubilgin Songman.

 Artist Peter Charuk says “pastpresentfuture is one word for me. The focus of this video projection will spotlight how water is the lifeblood of the region; both historically and in a contemporary manner. Water will be the future of the region in more ways than one”.

The videos will be projected on the Southern Cross Credit Union building in Wharf St on the evening of Saturday May 27 in conjunction with the Celebrate Murwillumbah! street dinner party from 6-10pm. They will also be screened at the Murwillumbah Experimental Film Shorts on Sunday May 28. Technical support is by Crystal Grid (Byron Bay) and Di James. For more information go to www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com

 Photos : Di James and Peter Charuk video stills of Architectural projection