Arts & Culture

Regional Gallery and Old Hospital should consider marriage – Constance
News
Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has raised the idea of moving the Bega Valley Regional Gallery to the 'old old' Bega Hospital site as a way of advancing cultural tourism and his government's position on funding these two significant funding applications. The suggestion comes in the wake of failed attempts to access the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund. Bega Valley Shire Council...
Singed Sisters almost a sell out as lessons of bushfire are shared
Community
Bushfire is such an ever-present fear and risk across Southern NSW and the ACT. The experience of those who have been through such an experience is priceless to those who have not. Do you know what you would do or how you would react? And then comes the recovery and the rebuilding of lives and homes. Learning the lessons from...
Council working to get Littleton Gardens fountain firing again
News
As temperatures across New South Wales spiked and turned ugly this week, families in Bega looked on at the town's water feature hoping it would spring to life and afford some relief from those baking days. The Dr McKee Memorial Fountain has been a feature of the Bega CBD since 1967. First erected outside the old Bega Town Hall, and...
Envirohunt to beat screen-time during your Eurobodalla holiday
Environment
Envirohunt activity sheets are a welcome addition to the summer holidays in the Eurobodalla and give parents and carers the bait they might be looking for to lure kids away from screens. These free guides from Eurobodalla Shire Council allow local and visiting families to explore the region's beaches and estuaries at their own pace. The Envirohunt activity sheets are available on Council's website and can...
Photo comp winners give us a ‘wild eye’ on local environment
Arts & Culture
The Wild Eye Photo Competition has again highlighted the stunning diversity of the local environment and the talent of local photographers. Coordinated by the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, each entry gives the viewer a distinctive perspective on the other life forms we share this place with. Twenty-two year old Bega Valley photographer Harrison Warne has again done well...
Three week community reno on one of Bega’s most prestigious old homes
Property
Carly Farrugia is standing on the third level of scaffolding, scraping loose paint flakes from the 12-foot ceiling of her new kitchen in Bega. "The appeal of the house was how run-down it was," Farrugia laughs. "We wanted a future home but we also wanted a massive project, something with the kind of character that warranted putting a lot of...
Jindabyne’s Brad Cox back at Tamworth but already a winner
Arts & Culture
Jindabyne's Brad Cox is back at the Tamworth Country Music Festival hoping to repeat last year's success but at the same time happy just to be playing music and hanging with mates. About this time last year, the then 22-year-old won the 39th Toyota Star Maker talent quest launching him into a year he describes as a rollercoaster. "My brain is...
Bega’s Farmer’s Market – what does it need to really fire in 2019?
Community
On face value, Bega’s Farmer's Market has a lot going for it. It offers fresh, local food sourced within 250 km. The weekly Friday market is centrally located in Bega’s Littleton Gardens and it even has a stall which will sell your excess produce for you for a small commission. So why, so often, does a view of the market...
“I have chosen some broken paths, writing has been a saviour” – Meaghan Holt
Arts & Culture
A young Bega Valley-based indigenous writer and performance poet has been recognised as an instrument of healing and reconciliation with a prestigious mentorship. Director of the Aboriginal Writers Retreat, award-winning Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann offers a yearly mentorship to an unpublished Aboriginal poet she believes writes poetry that ‘has the capacity to heal’. For 2019, Ms Cobby Eckermann has chosen Meaghan...
Three concepts presented for Batemans Bay Aquatic & Arts Centre
News
“This is going to be an incredible facility for our community, and if you want to have a say on how you would like it to come together, now is the time,” says Mayor Liz Innes. The layout of the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park is up for discussion, with three options presented...
Walker sisters plan to revitalise their community: Umbarra Cultural Center re-opens
Arts & Culture
For 13 years it sat idle, but on Thursday, January 3, after three months of hard work by sisters Alison and Maria Walker, Umbarra Cultural Center opened its doors to the public again. “We’ve started a fire,” Maria says from behind the counter “to motivate the community and bring it back to life - to create meaningful work.” After dashing...
Headset takes you to Antarctica, virtually, for a world-first experience
Arts & Culture
The timing for the launch of a cool new experience at the National Museum of Australia could not be better. As Canberra and the surrounding region swelters through another heat wave, chilling out in Antarctica via a groundbreaking virtual reality film is one sure way to find relief, and learn a lot about a continent most of us are unlikely...
2018 Year in Review – Arts and Culture
Arts & Culture
What do a blacksmith, a Hollywood stuntman, a gypsy skiffle-blues style band and the power of art have in common? The diverse subjects all featured in About Regional's 2018 arts and culture coverage. The most popular articles reflected the broad interests of our readers, and this year, the list had an overwhelmingly positive vibe. Stories highlighted the achievements of people...
Girls in the lead: feminist magazine Muse launched at Tura Beach
Arts & Culture
When three young women burst through the door to attend Wyndham photographer Jodie Dickson’s class in May 2017, Dickinson thought “aaahh, we’ve got some energy here. These girls are busy.” The class, organized by feminist collective mNemosyne was the beginning of mentoring by Dickinson to Bega High Students Jemma Mundy, Shakira Smith, and Makayla Deards, who have all proven...
Extensive exhibition presents a fresh, broader perspective of Captain Cook
Arts & Culture
If a world-class exhibition at the National Library of Australia centred on three voyages of Captain James Cook is not the definitive record of the great explorer’s place in history, it must go close. The exhibition, Cook and the Pacific, which runs until February 10, 2019, not only has material unseen previously, it includes how he has been studied over the...
Barbara Nell and the Art of Connection
Arts & Culture
Whether it’s pondering the depths of Edvard Munch or getting stuck into leading a local Christmas card making workshop, self-described Goulburn-based ‘art agent’ Barbara Nell is ready for action. Her role…always connecting you with art. Artist and educator for over 35 years, Barbara has been a primary, high school and TAFE art teacher. More recently, she’s been running adult art...
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