The Lone Goat Gallery

The Lone Goat Gallery


Posted 2015-01-20 by Tony Dyerfollow

The Lone Goat Gallery opened on 9 February 2013 and is located in the Byron Bay Library building at the corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets, Byron Bay.
As the Byron Shire's premier independent community gallery it offers a contemporary art space for local and visiting artists as well as touring exhibitions. The Gallery has free admission and is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

The Lone Goat Gallery exhibition program presents diverse exhibitions that change fortnightly or three weekly providing ongoing interest for the viewer.

The name Lone Goat Gallery was inspired by a quirky nanny goat that had lived on the Byron Bay Headland for many years with her herd. Eventually, all the others were rounded up and relocated, Wategoat (named after Byron's local 'Watego Beach') lived a further eight years on her own. The clever goat was not interested in being relocated and succeeded to live out her life as a local icon and totally free spirit. The fit seems perfect with the creative and free spirited individuals largely comprising the Byron Shire and who contribute to its colourful culture.

The Lone Goat Gallery is completely run by volunteers. The Committee manages and oversees the functions of the Gallery with the assistance of a dedicated team. Just two years on, the response from artists has been overwhelmingly positive, with the exhibition schedule booked months in advance.

The program of exhibitions runs throughout the year and features artworks across all mediums reflecting, commenting on or complementing the Northern River's unique cultural and natural environment. The schedule of exhibitions maintains the interest for local residents and visitors alike – a perfect, quiet cultural haven from the hubub of our busy lives.

Currently on display until 4 February, 2015 is the exhibition, Place of Dreams, a collection of paintings and monotypes by local artist, Robert Ryan. The title references the very 'idea' for those who move to Byron Bay in search of a better, less complicated life. Shown in the work, the artist indicates great change seems to be happening in the local area and the many directions that change could take. The exhibition is a visual response to the spirit of our times and, in some cases, a relaxed reminder of how good it is be living in the area.

Following on from this, and commencing on the 5 February, 2015 and running until the 18 February, 2015, is Rust on the Rails, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by artists Maryanne Shea and Rick Molloy. The exhibition reflects on the sad deterioration of the Northern Rivers railway running from Lismore to Murwillumbah. The line, opened in 1894, was closed in 2004 and since then the infrastructure has been left to fall apart.

The artists hope the exhibition helps draw attention to the plight of the railway line, its stations and bridges and inspires action to preserve this historical feat of engineering which strikes with a raw beauty as it runs and curves through the beautiful landscape.

For more information or making a booking for the Lone Goat Gallery visit the website , call 0490 004 542 or email [email protected]

A visit to the Lone Goat Gallery will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted with its ever-changing artistic displays. You will have a unique and exciting experience with a particular emphasis on the Northern Rivers and its exciting local culture, landscape and history providing inspiration to artists of all media.

If you would like more on-going information please join the mailing list to be updated with exhibitions, newsletters and special events.

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