NEW GROOVE: Sam Conderman is once again preparing for the Soundscape event at his property at Pillar Valley.
NEW GROOVE: Sam Conderman is once again preparing for the Soundscape event at his property at Pillar Valley. Adam Hourigan

Artists band together for Soundscape

IF YOU'RE a fan of the local arts scene, you may have heard of Soundscape.

A culmination of art and music, hype around last year's planned inaugural event continued to grow last year, right up until the Pillar Valley site was drenched by torrential downpours, causing it to be postponed.

But on Saturday, May 7, organiser Sam Conderman will open the doors to the public for attempt number wo.

Held at the Tanamon Gallery site in the Pillar Valley hills, the family-friendly day will see 26 Northern Rivers artists converge on the property for a unique jam session with Gold Coast indie band A French Butler Called Smith, who have been winning over audiences across Australia with their brand of gypsy funk.

As soon as they pick up their instruments at noon, the artists' will follow suit with their own equipment, and over a number of hours will create an artwork based on the performance, all of which will be auctioned off in a silent auction later in the day.

The winning artwork will be chosen by the band, who will acquire the image for promotional purposes, and the winning artist will score $1200 for their troubles.

Auction proceeds will go to the Clarence Environmental Centre and the artists themselves in a 20/80 split. The event will also serve as the first public preview of Mr Conderman's open-air gallery.

"The gallery has come a long way in the past year and it's pretty close now to the final touches," he said.

"We are definitely more prepared for it this year as we have a lot more infrastructure."

Which is a plus if his predictions for numbers are anything to go by.

"A French Butler Called Smith played Bluesfest and is headlining Woodford Folk Festival this year, so we're expecting to draw a few more people," Mr Conderman said.

"Drop that name at Byron and people say 'I've got to check that out'. They have a couple of trumpet players and saxes, and it's pretty lively sort of stuff."

"I think the artworks will be pretty fun and playful rather than serious."

Entry to Soundscape, at 1125 Firth Heinz Rd, Pillar Valley, is $20. Food will be available at the site, but people are welcome to BYO.

For more information on the event, visit the Tanamon Facebook page.



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