Populism and Spectacle - its connection with Art?

Temporal public art, art as "spectacle" and a growing appreciation of Art. Much to celebrate and behold, but does it build awareness and appreciation of the work of artists more broadly? Read More...

Tales of the Winds by Imbi Davidson

The launch of Imbi Davidson's "Tales of the Winds" - the abstracted landscape of the Northern Rivers expressed by one of our finest young painters. Read More...

End of 2014 Gallerist Musings

2014 - The year that was! It was a huge year for the gallery with lots of shows and some new insights on advocating for the Arts and Artists outside of cities. Read More...

Worlds Apart by Matthew Shepherd

The launch of Matthew Shepherd's "Worlds Apart" - a splendid exhibition of art-photography! Read More...

Opening of The Art House

Launch of The Art House at Newrybar in the Byron Bay hinterland. Read More...

The Art House at Newrybar, Northern Rivers

New happenings for the visual arts in Newrybar - at The Art House. Read More...

The launch of exhibitions by Laszlo Biro and Paul Roguszka

Launching exhibitions by Laszlo Biro and Paul Roguszka.

A sense of spendour -3 Decades - AñA Wojak

Celebrating over three decades of making art by AñA Wojak - and this is just the visual arts side of this amazing artist's work! Read More...

"Surface Tensions" by Stuart Cussons

Launching Stuart Cussons's exhibition - "Surface Tensions". Stuart's work is a study in the minimalist approach to visual art, exhibiting both "peace" and tension in his accomplished works. Read More...

Starting in September - A solo show by Rikki Fisher

Coming up - Rikki Fisher and a solo show of works in scratchboard. Read More...

Uncharted Territories by Imbi Davidson at Arts Northern Rivers

Imbi Davidson exhibition of new and older works at Arts Northern Rivers. Read More...

April Exhibitions … into May

Two very special exhibitions are coming up in April. A preview is available on the 12th and 13th April, with the launch to be held on Sunday, 14th April, starting at 3.00pm. Details are on the flyer (link) below.

Our exhibitions are "Wabi - the quality of voluntary poverty", a solo exhibition by Stuart Cussons and "Perpetual Possibilities", a group show by emerging artists (and good mates), Annique Goldenberg, Leanne Stewart Haugh and Heather Matthew.

In his solo show, Stuart Cussons explores the 'philosophy' of Wabi which values a simple and austere beauty. This concept has underpinned Stuart's work for some time and is manifested in his deceptively simple 2D and 3D works.

Our group show, "Perpetual Possibilities" brings together works by Annique Goldenberg, Leanne Stewart Haugh and Heather Matthew who explore shared memory (between artist and viewer) and shared perceptions (again between artist and viewer) of their individual subjects - landscape, water, environment, time and the universe, and the way we access them, 'read' them and come to understand them.


A Retrospective - Video

A quick video that looks back at past exhibitions and gives people who haven't been here an idea of the spaces that comprise our gallery.

We thought it timely as we are increasingly called upon to make the odd presentation to tourism delegates, plus it shows new artists what to expect before they land here. We have a few of the latter on our books who haven't ventured out this way yet!

Hopefully it also demonstrates that while we may be a small country gallery in the 'middle of nowhere' (a perception of some), we are also perhaps a destination for viewing quality work from local artists and an adjunct and support to the significance of the Northern Rivers as a place of great creative diversity and interest.

It's probably best viewed in YouTube so that you can make the screen a bit bigger.

The "Organic Rhythm" Exhibition Launch

On Friday the 12th of October, The Channon Gallery had one of its most successful shows ever - Organic Rhythm by Soren Carlbergg.

With over 40 of Soren’s amazing pieces on show, attendees revelled in the diversity of size, form and mood apparent in Soren’s work. Many new faces were there and some long time supporters of the gallery were also in attendance - thanks to you all!

Marika Bryant, artist/writer opened the show in great form and our dear friends, Deb and Shane from Richmond Hill Sauces were on hand for great stories, as well as offering a taste of their delicious sauces and other condiments.

Many people approached us during the evening and commented positively on Soren's art and its presentation; comments that were genuine, as we sold seven pieces that evening. Again, thanks to you all for supporting our artists.

The show has caused quite a buzz in this very early stage, and we urge you all to come and see Soren’s beguiling work. It’s not your usual show; his pieces vary in size and are modestly priced. If you are considering acquiring a wonderful original artwork or just want a great visual experience, this is probably a good show to catch up on.






Launch of Peter Derrett's exhibition

Sunday, 2nd September saw a great crowd for the launch of Peter Derrett's solo exhibition. Admirers came from near and far to share in the event and peruse Peter's exhibition, entitled "Venice - Seen & Unseen".

It was great to see people with a long connection to art and The Channon, like Bette and Michael Taylor - Michael, himself a renowned painter. Lovely to see so many friends of the gallery too, including notable local artists Lindsay Hunt, Shirley Miller, Dawn Thirlaway, and Sue Adler, a lady with an international reputation for her own photographic artwork.

Peter attracted a host of notable people associated with the arts, music and his days in theatre, and those with just an interest and affection for photography. The subject matter was also of great interest and many were truly amazed by the artist's "eye" and the technical dexterity it took to render the images presented in the exhibition. It was worth noting in introducing this exhibition that none of the images were "touched up" or manipulated on a computer. We will continue to do so!







Brief Musings on our First Year


Another ‘word’ from the Company Secretary.
(Image: “The Company Secretary”, Lindsay Hunt)

Almost one...

Gentle reader! Thank you for reading this.

As we approach our first birthday, I sit here somewhat amazed that we have come so far, with so many wonderful people; both artists and people who appreciate them.
Much water has flowed under the metaphoric bridge since we officially opened in July of last year and we look back in happy amazement at where we started, and how far we have come.

At our start, we were focussed on providing a venue where excellent artists could exhibit, and where their admirers could find their work. We still adamantly are!

In a less than guaranteed economic and political environment, many folk (I’m sure), viewed our venture as quixotic at best. The first few months were characterised by irrepressible enthusiasm in the face of less than ideal circumstances; some say it still is!

We have been utterly privileged to meet an astonishing array of diverse folk; both artists and people who love their work; THANK YOU! It is this very thing that gives us succor and the strength to continue.

Thanks are due as well to those of you who have taken the time to comment and constructively criticise us and offer input ... we are all learning to improve, no?

So, in order to celebrate our mutual adventures, we sincerely invite all of you to join us and our astonishing artists on Sunday July 8, at 3pm, to share our first birthday!
Please respond by RSVPing to:


To secure your place at this happy event.

Allow me to thank you all and our artists, for without you, we are nothing...

Live long & prosper!

New Exhibitions in February

Over the next two months, we are presenting 2 quite different and challenging exhibitions, alongside our regular artists’ work.

Ross McMasters’ show is upfront and confronting; a visual and cerebral “slap in the face” if you will. His imagery and contexts range from being politically contentious, achingly human, and mildly amusing; sometimes all at once! Judge his work as you will, (and you will), but it can never be accused as boring. Large scale pieces blend with more intimate works to showcase Ross’s raw power and skill.

Just after we have all caught our breath with this show, we will present a visual orgy at the end of February, running through March. Denise N. Rall will be taking over the rear room to present a retro-roccoco-deluxo romp - a pageant of visual splendour with a menacing undercurrent that speaks to gender, power and class (my! How unfashionable these days!!). “The Bride as Banquet” will be more that the eye initially perceives, and more than your preconceptions may allow. Like Ross’s work, it will address issues that are mostly unspoken, and will pose more questions than provide answers. In our opinion; good art does exactly that. More details on Denise’s exhibition will be forthcoming soon.

The launch event for Ross’ exhibition will be on Sunday afternoon, 5th February, 2102. Please RSVP, if possible, so that we can get the catering right!

We would love to see you there.