Big Talks

Big Talks

As part of Your Big Idea Arts Northern Rivers presents Big Talks; a series of discussions with creatives and commentators who have something to say.


Big Talk // Jon Campbell: Big Words

With his use of words and phrases as imagery, Jon Campbell captures aspects of his culture that are both lived and observed, that are local and national and that can be spoken, sung, and painted. Campbell’s finely tuned paintings, banners, neon’s, flags and songs demonstrate his love of Australian vernacular. His works define not only the look of the world in which Campbell lives, but the accent and humour of its language and how signs can articulate this culture and history.


Big Talk // Big Ideas Panel

A lively discussion with Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks, Jeff Khan, Artistic Director of Performance Space and Roslyn Helper, Director of Underbelly Arts panel about big ideas; what they are and how to have them. Moderated by Dr Jane Kries


Big Talk // From Here to There: Australian art and walking

As part of the Big Talk series and to mark the opening of From Here to There: Australian art and walking Arts Northern Rivers have partnered with Lismore Regional Gallery to present a day of big talks and big walks. From Here to There presents the work of leading Australian artists who use the everyday act of walking in their art. Featuring work by Nell, Lauren Brincat, Dean Brown, Daniel Crooks, Nici Cumpston, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Karaconji, Noel McKenna, Sarah Mosca, Liam O’Brien, Sarah Rodigari and Rebecca Gallo.Curated by Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison

  • Walking Meditation with Nell | Come on a slow Saturday stroll with artist Nell and learn the basics of walking meditation. Walking meditation is a simple and universal practice that uses the natural rhythm and movement of walking to come into the present.
  • Artists in Conversation | Join artists from the exhibition, Lauren Brincat, Noel McKenna, Rebecca Gallo and Dean Brown as they discuss their work with Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Senior Curator, Visual Arts, Carriageworks.



Image | Nell, This Journey We Are On  2017, My old R.M Williams, two beautiful boomerangs made by Mervyn Rubuntja and Kevin McCormack, pigment, polyurethane; (This work was made for the Namatjira Project Auction, collaboration between the Namatjira family, Namatjira Legacy Trust, Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre, Tony Albert and TARNANTHI)