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 No #1 Jon Campbell
Join us next Tuesday evening at the Byron School of Art for a free talk by artist Jon Campbell. Campbell will discuss his practice and highlight key projects and works from his oeuvre.

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.

Jon Campbell was born in 1961, Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently lives and works in Coburg, Victoria. Campbell studied painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1980-82) before completing a Graduate Diploma in Painting at the VCA in 1985.

Recent solo exhibitions include; MCA Collection: Jon Campbell, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017-18); a major installation is presented alongside Absolutely Disgusting (2017), a 65 metre wall painting, commissioned by the MCA, that abstracts letters and works into colourful, joyful patterns, disguising the irreverent humour of Campbell’s art.

Image | Daniel Boud, Jon Campbell Stacks On, Museum of Contemporary Art

WHERE | Byron School of Art 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby WHEN | Tuesday, 27 February
TIME | 5.30 – 7pm  FREE | Please RSVP to with the subject line RSVP – Jon Campbell Talk
Arts Northern Rivers has launched Your Big Idea; a project calling for you to pitch big ideas for contemporary arts projects you want to make happen in the Northern Rivers.
The project should be groundbreaking and have the ability to grab the attention of a local, national or international audience. There is a big names panel coming up to choose the winning idea in April including Lisa Havilah from Carriageworks, Jeff Kahn the Artistic Director of Performance Space and Roslyn Helper from Underbelly Arts. The panel will be looking for a boundary pushing concept, something original and something at the cutting edge of contemporary arts practice. Through this project ANR want to improve the funding odds by supporting the winning proposal through the funding process offering strategic planning, development and access industry networks.
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