Urunga artists to feature in Bellingen Shire Arts Trail

Chris Fahey’s glass art.

THE Art Space Urunga is welcoming you to join them on the Bellingen Shire Arts Trail, taking place on the weekend of 11 and 12 November.

Throughout the Shire, more than 50 artists and performers will open their galleries, studios and performance spaces for workshops and displays, exhibitions and performances across two days.

The aim is to bring people into the Bellingen Shire and meet the artists whom you never get to see work.

There is a current Arts Trail brochure which lists galleries and studios and artist’s contact details, but this special weekend means the doors will definitely be open for visitors between 10-4pm both days in artists’ homes, shared workspaces and galleries like the Art Space.

The weekend’s event is partly funded by a Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grant through the Arts Mid North Coast and the NSW Government.

“Initially, Art Space, along with Nexus Gallery and the Dorrigo Arts Council, donated some startup money because at the start, you need money for advertising and getting people to do the brochures and printing and website,” Linda Coomber, Gallery Manager and member of the Arts Trail Committee, told News Of The Area.

David Bromley’s studio near Hungry Head will be open and Chris Fahey from Urunga and Coco Elder from Raleigh are showing at the Bellingen Framing Gallery.

The Tree-o Gallery will host locals in the Raleigh Industrial Centre and Art Space Urunga will show a Coastal Claymakers exhibition.

“The Arts Trail ran a few years ago, starting in Urunga with Bromley’s wall art in the center of town, then on the following weekend in Dorrigo, because we wanted to highlight the arts community in the whole of the Shire,” said Linda.

“It will certainly be bigger and better this November, as there are no QR codes as the event was right in the middle of COVID so there will be no restrictions and the weekend will be a lot of fun.”

An opening event/fundraiser will take place on the Friday night 10 November to meet the artists at the Luncheon Pavilion at the Bellingen Showgrounds.


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