Over the last 31 years, the Byron Community Centre (BCC) has played a key role in establishing and hosting a range of projects, services and events for locals and visitors alike in Byron Bay. The BCC building is also home to the Byron Markets office and the award-winning Byron Theatre.
The iconic, recently restored Saraton Theatre Grafton is one of Australia’s oldest cinemas and live venues. Built in 1926 and lovingly restored in original Art Deco style it has won a recent National Trust award. It has been described by the Heritage Council of NSW as "The Saraton Theatre is indeed a rare gem of great historical significance".
After laying dormant for over 30 years, the curtains lifted on this old theatre in March 2016 and it began a new lease on life, lovingly restored by the creative team behind the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed circus/cabaret sensations “La Soirée” and “Club Swizzle.”
State and National Organisations
Create NSW is the NSW Government’s new arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in a new integrated entity. Create NSW was established on 1 April 2017, and has responsibility for many of the functions previously undertaken by Arts NSW and Screen NSW.
Regional Arts NSW is the peak body and support agency for arts and cultural development in NSW. Regional Arts NSW works together with the fourteen independent regional arts boards to address the challenge of diversity across the state and to enrich the arts and cultural lives of those living in regional, rural and remote areas.
Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales. They provide professional assistance to organisations and individuals in the arts and disability sectors. We help establish or improve programs that enable people with disability to develop their creative potential.
Screen Australia is the Federal Government's primary agency for supporting Australian screen production. In partnership with filmmakers, Screen Australia aims to create an Australian industry that is innovative, culturally important and commercially sustainable. They support development, production, promotion and distribution of Australian screen content.
Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a not-for-profit membership organisation, offering representation, networking, services and information to members and others in the not-for-profit sector, carrying out their mission to represent, grow and inspire an effective and robust philanthropic sector.
Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters.
The Byron School of Arts (BSA) is an art school based on an international model of Artists Teaching Artists in a studio-based learning environment. The BSA provides rigorous and practice-based programs in the visual arts and related fields, while also offering practical pathways to meet the individual needs of students.
The Clarence Valley Conservatorium (CVC) has been leading the performing arts in the region since its historical beginnings in the 1930s. The CVC have a purpose built learning environment, quality tutors and an extensive range of instrumental, vocal, drama and school programs.
The Northern Rivers Conservatorium exists to provide a dynamic and supportive environment for quality education in music. NRC endeavour to facilitate life-long learning, creativity and community awareness of the arts through education, performance and community involvement.
In 2018, we continued to offer important services across the Northern Rivers region amplifying funding opportunities, working with local councils and promoting and supporting the rich cultural activity. We were proud to partner with North Coast Primary Health Network and deliver the Art on Bundjalung Country project.
CONNECT was a market development project for musicians in Northern Rivers region conducted in 2013. The project incorporated a mentorship program for three individual artists and four groups, a showcase performance opportunity and a series of workshops open to the public.
Television matters as it is so much a part of contemporary daily life reflecting our sense of who we are as a society, and who we might be. This research paper focuses on three aspects of diversity: cultural background, disability and sexual orientation/gender identity.
In 2017, we continued to offer important services across the Northern Rivers region amplifying funding opportunities, working with our local councils and promoting and supporting the rich cultural activity in our region. We were also proud to partner with Regional Arts NSW and Lismore City Council host the first Artstate.
Underpinning NAVA’s advocacy work is the research it commissions or undertakes itself into the nature of Australian visual and media arts, craft and design, identifying policies and strategic actions which could be taken to facilitate the sector’s fruitful development.
The Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) funds everything from multiyear programs to one-off projects and professional development opportunities, across visual arts, museums and history, literature, performing arts, music and more.
As part of our commitment to ensure the state-wide delivery of arts and creative industries programs and services, Create NSW supports arts in the regions in a number of ways and complements the role of local government which collectively is the largest investor in cultural programs and facilities in the state.
Australia Council undertakes research, analysis and evaluation that places them at the forefront of knowledge about the arts. They commission robust research, analyse data from a range of sources, and conduct evaluation work that informs their strategic planning, monitoring and advocacy work.
The Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector is the national best practice standard for the sector. The Code is an essential professional tool for the negotiation of contracts, agreements and entry conditions, and for the explanation of the business protocols and procedures of the visual arts, craft and design sector.
Create in NSW is a platform for our arts and cultural sector, our communities and our business and government partners to collaboratively shape our cultural future. It supports vibrant arts and cultural activity across our State.
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