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The Ballina Contemporary Art Market is a one-day, fun-filled arts and cultural event taking place on Saturday 14 October from 10am-7pm at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) & Ignite Studios creative precinct (cnr Cherry and Crane Streets, Ballina), showcasing the creative talent of the region.

Free to attend, the event will feature over 50 arts and crafts stalls located within the Gallery, Ignite Studios, and surrounding gardens, selling a range of artworks, products, and wares by artists and artisans from across the Northern Rivers.

Throughout the day, an exciting program of free creative workshops will be available for market goers – weaving with Jugan Dandii, collage workshops with Claudie Frock and playing with clay sessions facilitated by local ceramicists. Local visual artist Kate Stroud has developed a range of installations, including a skill testing machine, a cloud corridor and a series of augmented reality portraits for market attendees to engage with and discover.

Local radio station Paradise FM is running a Busking Competition for the chance to win a recording in their studios and other prizes. To register your interest email Paradise FM at [email protected]. Registrations close 30 September.

The market will also feature live music, food trucks, and roving performances and workshops by internationally acclaimed immersive theatre company Erth Visual & Physical Inc., renowned for their innovative, community driven productions as seen at festivals and events across the country including Sydney Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney as well as multiple international tours. Come and meet their incredible creatures!

The event will close with a Twilight Laneway party from 5pm-7pm, featuring local 6-piece Byron favourite the Versace Boys.




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