The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich 6-day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts. The community art exhibition features over 300 works and over 11 awards are distributed to local artists. The Byron Theatre becomes the three-tiered Dawkins Gallery with a floor to gantry central sculpture garden surrounded by paintings, photographs and works on paper. This extends to the upper level where many of the smaller works are intimately displayed. Upstairs and down the foyers and other gallery spaces are filled with artworks from emerging visual artists sitting side by side with established artists. All works are for sale.
The Byron Arts Classic is a community event showcasing the diverse range of artists in the region. First established as the Easter Arts Classic in 1982, the exhibition was reinstated in 2010 as an annual event at the Byron Community Centre after a seven-year absence. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography produced by artists from the Northern Rivers, including Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed Shires. The Arts Classic aims to showcase the area’s gifted artists to the local community and to the many visitors from around the globe.