Saturday, 22 February 2014

Take the plunge and experience arts and culture in the Clarence Valley, 26 March - 26 April 2014

PLUNGE 2014 : 26 March - 26 April 2014 

Sydney Film Festival -Travelling Film Festival
Saraton Theatre, 99 Prince Street, Grafton
Yamba Cinema, 13 Coldstream St, Yamba
Grafton:27 March to 30 March
Yamba:28 March to 31 March
One of Australia’s longest-running touring festivals and a much-loved cinematic event, founding by David Stratton back in 1974, the Travelling Film Festival is coming to the Clarence Valley in March 2014.
Saraton Theatre -50th Anniversary Celebration: Roy Orbison & Del Shannon
Saraton Theatre, 99 Prince Street, Grafton
4 April 2014, 8pm
Come and relive the magic and the classic hits of two of the world’s greatest Rock’n’Roll Music Legends of all time. 2014 marks a magnificent milestone as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 release of Roy Orbison’s iconic worldwide smash hit single “Oh Pretty Woman”.
Arts Northern Rivers / Clarence Valley Council -Clarence Pop-Up Shop
Maclean - visit website for details
15 April to 20 April
Arts Northern Rivers has partnered up with Clarence Valley Council to take our Northern Rivers Creative Pop-Up Shop on the road and cute as a button Maclean is the first stop on this creative industries roadshow. The space will host a brilliant program of skills development workshops for artists, lively industry forums for businesses and be decked out with wares by some amazing Clarence artists.
Lower Clarence Scottish Association -110th Maclean Highland Gathering
Maclean - various locations
18 April to 19 April
This is your chance to experience the caber toss, a massed pipe band display and a Highland fling! Each year on the Easter weekend, the “Scottish Town in Australia” comes alive to the sound of bagpipes and drums when Maclean attracts som 50 pipe bands and over 600 competitors for its Highland Gathering.
Clarence Valley Conservatorium -Grant Collins: Concert & 2 Day Drum Clinic
Clarence Valley Conservatorium, 8 Villiers Street, Grafton
28 March to 30 March
Australian master drummer, Grant Collins, is bringing the largest drum kit in the Southern Hemisphere to Grafton! The drum kit will make for one amazing concert to be held on the Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, Grant will lead a 2 day drum clinic for junior and senior drummers.
The Danger Ensemble - The Holistic Performer Workshop
Grafton Community & Function Centre, 59 Duke Street, Grafton
Sat 26 April, 10am to 5pm
Following the great success of this workshop in 2013, The Danger Ensemble returns to the Clarence Valley to explore the use of the basic elements of theatre to create performance that impacts the senses and emotions.
Clarence Coast Theatrical Society Inc. -HMS Pinafore
Maclean Civic Hall and Yamba Bowling Club
4 April to 13 April
Set sail on Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore when it is performed in April by the Clarence Coast Theatrical Society.
City of Grafton Eisteddfod Society - 60th Anniversary: Grafton Eisteddfod Dance Section
South Grafton High School, Tyson Street, South Grafton
11 April to 17 April
Dancers aged 3 years and up from across Northern NSW and Southern QLD will perform in a variety of styles, with more prizes and scholarships on offer.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Rolling Stones: The Covers 1972 - 2010 exhibition
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
The cover of Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon, grace by everyone from politicians to pop stars. For the first time in history, 150 of the greatest Rolling Stone Australia covers, from the 1970 to the present, are on display.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Dave Funnell: Who said you have to buy a guitar?
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Assemblage is not a common way to create a musical instrument however the Wombat Creek artist has created sculptures that look like and in a way play like guitars, banjos, ukuleles and mandolins.
Grafton Regional Gallery -Clarence Valley in Focus: Grafton
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
The gallery’s courtyard features the finalists of this year’s valley wide photography competition that sought to capture Clarence Valley’s music scene.
Clarence Valley Council -Clarence Valley in Focus: Yamba
Treelands Drive Community Centre, Treelands Drive, Yamba
26 March to 25 April
The foyer of Treelands Drive Community Centre will come alive with a large scale exhibition of the finalists of the 2013 Clarence Valley in Focus Competition.
Grafton Regional Gallery - John Millington: Bridges to Abstraction
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Through revisiting the “hard edge” painting style of the 1960’s, the Maclean based artist explores themes of the rainforest, waterfalls, the sugar industry and open-cut mining. John’s artistic journey to this point of abstraction is documented through digital images of past works.
Grafton Regional gallery - Through the Lens: Marking the Centenary of WWI
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
26 March to 11 May
Photographs along with cameras in use at the beginning of the 20thcentury from the Clarence Valley community form this exhibition held to mark the Centenary of World War I.
Friends of the Gallery - Rocking High Tea
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Sun 30 May, 2pm
Join us for high tea while we celebrate the rock & roll legends with delightful food from the Friends.  There are few more civilised things in this world than good conversation over an indulgent afternoon tea. Bookings essential.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Little SmARTies
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Wed 2 April, 10.30am
A creative program especially for preschool aged children to share with their parents. Each little smARTies session includes a tots’ gallery tour, creative art activities with local artists and a live tots’ music concert performed by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.
Grafton Regional Gallery - Arts In Mind
Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
Tue 15 April, 10am
Community members who live with dementia and their carers are invited to join an interactive tour connecting participants in a shared intellectual activity through memory and personal insights. After the tour enjoy an informal gathering over morning tea at Piccolo in the gallery courtyard.
Kingstudio -Cultural Crossover - Exploring Vedic Cultural Traditions
Kingstudio, 105 River Street, Maclean
19 April to 11 May
Experience an exiting exhibition of new works from David Benson. David’s vibrant works in paint, print and collage explore the spiritual through David’s connection with and practice of Bhakti Yoga and the Hare Krsna movement.
Kingstudio - Ezy-Carve Print Workshops
Kingstudio, 105 River Street, Maclean
29 March to 27 April
A series of four 2-day print workshops will investigate block, scratch board, silk screen and digital printing. Each workshop is limited to 6 people and will focus on mixed media works that explore cultural and spiritual crossovers or your own specific project.
Bazil Grumble -School Holiday Workshops
Yamba Skate Park and Wooli Skate Park
13 April to 24 April
On offer are a series of workshops for young people and children including Monster Origami, Juggle-A-Rama and Clay Critter Adventure Walk. Download the program for full details and workshop schedule.
Clarence Valley Council - Face to Face: Children’s Intergenerational Portrait Workshops
Grafton Regional Gallery Studio and Maclean Civic Centre
14 April to 24 April
Face to Face is a free, hands-on children’s portrait workshop for creative kids aged 6-11 years old. Held in Grafton and Maclean, Face to Face gives children a unique opportunity to express their connection with their grandparents through art. Download the program for full details and workshop schedule.
Clarence Valley Libraries - Plunge into Memoir: Writing Your Life Story
Grafton Library / Maclean Library / Wool St Hall (Yamba) / Iluka Library
26 March to 4 April
I’m guessing you have a few stories up your sleeve. Stories you haven’t told the kids about yet, let alone the grandkids! Here’s your chance to open the vault and let the memories loose, put them into words and create your own life story.
Grafton Art Club Inc. - Grafton Art Club Open Day
Grafton Art Club Centre, 365 Dobie Street, Grafton
Sat 29 March, 10am to 3pm
Establish in 1968, Grafton Art Club will be holding an open day at its Art Club Centre. It will be an opportunity for you to see demonstrations of many different media and techniques, browse the display of artworks and check out the wide variety of activities and classes offered.
Grafton Art Club Inc. - Get Creative! Youth Art Workshop
Grafton Community & Function Centre, 59 Duke Street, Grafton
15 April to 17 April
Here is an opportunity for young people aged 7-to-18 years to explore a variety of mediums and techniques under the guidance of the Youth Art Coordinator, Rhondella Hyde. All materials included in the workshop cost.
Upson Downs Artisans Group -Master Artisans Exhibition
‘Westmoreland House’ Upson Downs, 2952 Clarence Way, Winegrove
28 March to 30 March
Don’t miss the fantastic collection of artworks by the Upson Downs Artisans Group! Opening Night will be on Friday 28 March, 5pm to 7pm. All welcome. For more details, download the program.
Upson Downs Artisans Group -Harp, Hebel & Knife Making Workshops
‘Westmoreland House’ Upson Downs, 2952 Clarence Way, Winegrove
13 April to 20 April
Join Geoff Welham for a harp making workshop or Tommy Welham for a knife making workshop or Linda Westmoreland for a Hebel workshop! For more details, download the program.
Port of Yamba Historical Society - Yamba Museum
Yamba Museum, River Street, Yamba
The award-winning Yamba Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Yamba. The displays interpret Yamba’s strong maritime history and the importance of the mighty Clarence River to this area.
Island Collective -Tonight I Am Swimming To The Island
Island Collective, Unit 1, 16 Uki Street, Yamba
28 March to 11 April
Contemporary artists in the Clarence Valley and other creative industries professionals were invited to respond to the theme “Tonight I am swimming to the island” in a conceptual or representational manner.
This Is Art Market
The Barn, Grafton Showground, Prince Street, Grafton
Sun 30 March, 9am to 2pm
This Is Art Market is an annual stall market, dedicated to art. The market will showcase a diverse range of affordable art from artists in the Clarence Valley and surrounding areas, along with fantastic food and beverage stalls, live music and a relaxing atmosphere.
Simply Handmade Markets Yamba
Raymond Laurie Sports Complex, 78 Angourie Road, Yamba
Sun 13 April, 9am to 2pm
Simply Handmade Markets in Yamba are bringing together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all to one destination. This is a unique event not to be missed.
Weekly & Monthly Markets
Various locations across the Clarence Valley
Download the program and get the updated Weekly & Monthly Markets schedule.

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