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The Byron Arts Classic

Its that time of year again! The Byron Arts Classic has extended its registration deadline to December 9th. Download the entry form HERE. Over $10,000 worth of prizes are to be won in the categories of Painting, Works on Paper, Photography, Sculpture.

Exhibition will be held between January 10 – 15, 2014.

The Byron Arts Classic (BAC) is an exciting community visual art event that has become an integral part of the cultural fabric of Northern Rivers region. This exhibition, which supports and develops the careers of many local artists, is an outstanding success as it reaches, encourages and affects many within the community. It provides an opportunity for emerging artists to take their practice more seriously, and showcase their work alongside more established artists and be viewed by a large audience of locals and visitors from around the globe.

The Byron Community Centre is transformed from top to bottom as it is filled with over 400 artworks from emerging and established visual artists. A capacity 500 people attended last year’s opening and thousands came to view the artworks over the following 5 days. The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich 6-day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts.

$2,000 Byron Shire Council Aquisitive Prize
$2,000 Jonno Howell Photographic Prize
$1,000 First Prizes (Painting, Works on Paper, Sculpture)
$200 Second Prizes (all categories)
$500 People’s Choice Award
plus Gallery Representation Award


The Byron Arts Classic is dear to our hearts here at CG, when we lost one of the Common Ground Family in 2011, our dear friend and gifted contributing photographer, Jonno Howell.

Jonno lived in Byron for 5 years before his untimely death in Bali at age 27. During that time he became well known for both his web sites and photography in the Byron district. He produced a wealth of high-quality shots of surfing and music events. A $2000 first prize for the “Jonno Howell Photographic Prize” has been created to honour Jonno’s memory.

We are thrilled to announce our judges so far will be: Dominique Sutton – Sculpture, Belinda Black- Painter, Kirra Pendergast- Photographer and Curator, Paul McNeil from Art Park.

Register online or download entry forms from