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									www.echo.net.au                                                                                                                                                 Byron Shire Echo April 18, 2006 11

Interesting reading              flicts (social cancers!) from    belonged to. I’d love to see
Last week’s Echo letter pages
unveiled a range of interest-
                                    Anthony Mc Neil, What is
                                                                 anybody proving me
                                                                                                  Call for all Aboriginal artists
ing letters. Responding to       going on?: I often wonder          Basic message: Our            The 2006 National Parks       The Art Award is an impor-      entries and first prize went
some:                            what is going on around         actions are what count and       and Wildlife Ser vice         tant vehicle for building       to Burri Jerome for his
   Chris Bevis, Visitors view:   here these days. Again, if we   we have to face justice on.      (NPWS) Northern Rivers        strong links with the Indig-    painting entitled ‘Morning
Thank you for your               are able to reverse the cur-    Ultimately, we will be, and      Region Bundjalung Art         enous community.                Moon Nimbin Rocks’.
accounts. No need for Byron      rent often negative trend       should be, judged on exactly     Award will be held in col-       ‘I am pleased to announce       Awards will be presented
to go beige over rainbow in      and get back to common-         that! If we fail, there should   laboration with the Lismore   the exciting new partner-       in several categories, includ-
an attempt to become             sense basics we will be able    indeed be no excuse and          Regional Gallery from June    ship with the three local       ing first prize of $2000, an
friendlier to visitors. All we   to see most of your con-        nobody else to blame!            3 to 24 (Tuesday –Satur-      Regional Galleries in host-     award for 3 dimensional
need is for all fair-minded      cerns reduced to history.                   Rene Thalmann        days).                        ing the Award.                  artwork of $1000, a col-
people to stand up and be        But there is a fair amount of                  Ocean Shores        NPWS Regional Man-             ‘Next year the exhibition    laborative award for art-
counted. What is really          work ahead of us!                                                ager Mark Johnston said       will be held at Grafton         works created by Aboriginal
needed is a clear manifest          Michael Malloy, Lot 107      ■ Letters acknowledged           Aboriginal ar tists are       Regional Gallery and at         and non Aboriginal Artists
that everybody is welcome        revisited: Thank you for        from Bob or Robert Smith,        invited to submit works       Tweed Regional Gallery in       of $1000, a youth award of
here and the rules are very      coming forward and telling      various addresses but the        exploring the theme ‘Our      2008.                           $500 and a people’s choice
basic: Be positively human       the truth. We need a lot        same email address, Art Rai-     Spirit Our Country’.             ‘Exhibiting in a regional    award of $500, sponsored
and respect your neighbour-      more of that if we intend to    che, no address, John Flana-       ‘The art competition        gallery is good for artists.    by Southern Cross Univer-
hood.                            regain the beauty and           gan, Thirroul, S Briskey,        aims to raise community       It provides a great opportu-    sity.
   Should not be too diffi-       uniqueness Byron once was.      Burrum Heads, Josephine          awareness of Indigenous       nity for artists to gain pro-      The deadline for submis-
cult in an educated environ-     I personally would not hold     Conway, New Brighton,            artists and culture in the    fessional recognition and       sion of artwork is Friday
ment, I think! What we           my breath that the ‘green       Annick Muylle, Byron Bay,        region and provides a         winning a prize from a          May 12 and information
need however is a mecha-         foot soldiers’ would ever be    Darrell Petersen, Brunswick      locally based opportunity     regional gallery is a great     and entry forms are avail-
nism that takes the wind out     responsive to naturally being   Heads. Correspondents are        for Aboriginal artists to     boost for an artist’s career    able by contacting NPWS
of the sails of extremism, eg    aligned to the ‘truth’ as a     again reminded that street       exhibit work,’ Mr Johnston    development.’                   Northern Rivers Region on
we need a regime that deals      mantra of clean conscious-      address and contact phone        said.                            This will be the fifth time   6627 0200 or Lismore
with abuses in no uncertain      ness. Then again, I do not      number (not to be published)       ‘NPWS works closely         the Art Award has been          Regional Galler y, 131
terms, and by doing so, pre-     see much substance left in      are required so we may verify    with Aboriginal people        held. Last year the compe-      Molesworth Street, on 6622
vents frustrations and con-      the movement I once             your identity if necessary.      across the Northern Rivers.   tition received over 100        2209.

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