OUR region has no shortage of either artists or protesters and this Saturday's Afternoon of Artful Actions at Lismore City Hall weaves both strands together.
The event, a "mash up" of mediums between NORPA, the Lismore Regional Gallery, and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, will showcase visual art, music, writing, discussion - all united around the theme of protest through art.
The three leading Northern Rivers arts organisations are taking inspiration from the current exhibition, Protest Songs-Artful Actions, showing at the Lismore Regional Gallery.
It's also their contribution to Lismore's signature arts month, Arts in August.
The event will serve as the launch pad for new arts peak body, Creative Lismore, which is positioning Lismore as the pre-eminent centre for the arts in regional Australia.
It will include a sneak peek into a new NORPA work, Dreamer, for which four local writers have penned short stories for, live music by the Con's Youth Jazz Orchestra, a lively panel discussion about art and activism, alongside visual protest art.
For NORPA artistic director Julian Louis, the highlight is "being able to walk amongst the mash-ups of different art forms that exist in Lismore," he said.
The stories, written by four prolific writers including novelist Jim Hearn, comedian Mandy Nolan, and columnist S Sorrensen, will be read aloud by the authors.
"The Northern Rivers is home to a vibrant activist culture... it's a great opportunity to hear from a range of artists about the artists role in stimulating political debate," gallery director Brett Adlington said.
Afternoon of Artful Actions
When: Saturday, August 9, 1.30pm
Where: Lismore City Hall
What: Music, short stories, visual art, and a panel discussion, all centred around protest and art.
Plus: Food and bar catered by Luca and Olive.