Head Above Water is a body of photographic work by local artist Ben Bugden. It aims to document his relationship with the ocean as not only a lifelong companion, but also as a place of healing and reflection.
“Being born and raised in Byron, the ocean and the lifestyle surrounding it have been pivotal in shaping me as a person. In my imagery I want to capture a tactile, emotional and textural representation of my relationship with it.
As a surfer the ocean has always been my place of recreation, but it is also much more than that. For me it is my place to escape, reset and relax when anxiety, stress or grief visit.
Floating alone out there. Free. Silent. Just a head above water. It brings me a sense of peace and calm like no other. I’d love it if people are able connect with that through my work and feel it too. For me, creating these images is as much a form of self-administered therapy as it is photography.”
Watch the ocean for long enough and you’ll realise it’s a place that has as many complex nuances and moods as humans do. Darkness, light, peacefulness and rage, and within each there is beauty to be found.
About Ben Bugden
Lucky enough to be born and bred in Byron Bay – back when it was still possible to surf The Pass with a handful of friends and the road to Tallows was dirt.
Throughout Ben’s life the ocean and the lifestyle surrounding it have been pivotal in shaping him as a person and a photographer.
“This rings true in even my earliest memories. Sitting on the beach with Mum eating apricots; the shimmering surface and cool relief of the water the first time I stepped in; lying in the rain curled up in Dad’s board-bag under Pandanus Palms waiting for him to come in from the surf; the invigorating kiss of water droplets on a hot day; the feeling of a stressful day melting away with the embrace of the ocean.”
Ben holds degrees in both Graphic Design and Photoimaging. He currently shoots, writes and works as deputy editor for Tracks Magazine, and is also a creative guide for Vagabond Photographic.
Ben lives and works in Byron Bay, Australia.
Sophistication Swings is the show where songs old and new are played in that style called swing, classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin to Sting, songs from the 50’s, 60’s,70’s and more.
The 90 min shows are on the second Friday of the month and feature the band having a good time working their way through the songs, as well as engaging the audience on and off the stage.
The shows are based around the beautiful voice of Dean Doyle with backing by the band Sophistication who also feature with solos and instrumentals.
After the concert the band enjoys a meet and greet with the patrons.
Born in London, Singer songwriter Mark Ridout cut his teeth supporting the likes of Ed Sheeran and Kate Miller Heidke, playing reknowned UK venues such as The Troubadour and The Bedford, and touring the United States and India before moving to live in Australia 7 years ago. His voice has been described as “hugely expressive” (Hotpress magazine, UK), and his song ‘All My Sides’ featured on Australian indie feature film ‘Weevil’. He has also worked facilitating creative music programs for the mental health service in Australia and in the UK.
Paul van den Hoorn, aka Biggy P, has been making a name for himself in the music industry for a number of years. Starting with diverting his teenage energy to playing drums at the age of 15, Biggy branched out to guitar at the age of 17 and singing at 23.
He spent the first few years busking in Rundle Mall, Adelaide and Byron Bay, where he built a following of fans from all over the globe and became known to local musicians as “The Human Jukebox”.
Biggy P’s style is predominantly acoustic rock/ folk; as well as being a master of pub covers with a twist. He plays solo, in duos and with backing bands and can play any- thing from soul, to rock, folk and alternate country.
Influenced by John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, David Gray and David Bowie, it is Biggy’s experience, versatility and variety; as well as his laid back and friendly attitude, which helps him stand out from the crowd and attracts other artists to perform with him on stage.
With a deep, soulful voice that is unmatched, Biggy P is guaranteed to draw a crowd.
Dan Hannaford Band is a gang of working musicians hailing from coastal towns around the northern rivers who like to play a rocking juke-joint style of unruly country blues. When this eclectic 5 piece get together it’s a train ride that’s impossible to forget. Fronted by award-winning, singer songwriter Dan Hannaford who leads the jaunt down roads less travelled on songs that include Leadbelly, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Creedence, Pink Floyd and many more.
Hannaford has been busy gracing hundreds of stages around Australia including opening tour shows for the likes of Charlie Musslewhite (USA), Donavon Frankenreiter (USA), Tex Perkins and The Black Sorrows. Dan was recently invited to tour overseas to perform in Europe whilst also developing his recorded works in America. Dan has showcased his talent at some of Australia’s top music festivals including National Folk Festival, Gympie Music Muster and the iconic Byron Bay Blues Festival, being named on the bill alongside John Fogerty, Cold Chisel and Crosby Stills & Nash. His latest full-length album release ‘I cried bullets’ was recorded in Los Angeles and has received glowing reviews from critics and punters alike with his songs being played on radio, film and television in Australia. Dan’s songs have been compared to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan (with the soul of James Brown). For those who have seen Hannaford performing as a solo act, they will testify he is a master of his craft, but when given a little help from his friends, Hannaford takes no prisoners as his audiences continue to be swept off their feet song after song.
The Dan Hannaford Band features the twin peaks of Jamie Symonds (Harmonica) and ‘Big’ Dave Murray (Lead Guitar). Symonds is a veteran of the Australian blues scene and also is three times Australian Golden Harmonica winner. Murray is a successful songwriter in his own right (including a recent co-write for hit British rock duo Royal Blood). Murray has over 20 years experience in various blues, jazz, folk and rock genres. This comes as no surprise as ‘Big’ Dave was schooled by Australian guitar legend Ray Young (Bullamakanka) and has also won a gold medal for his blues guitar playing at the Los Angeles Performance Olympics. Partner them with one of the tightest, funkiest rhythm sections on the North Coast (Isaac Frankham on bass and Ben Cox on drums) and you can guarantee the good times are going to roll.
“Rarely do you find anyone who builds from the dust and grit of real life, songs of such power and poignancy – Dan Hannaford is one who does, a true talent, make no mistake” Samuel J. Fell – Rhythms Magazine.
Boys and girls, ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for. Join fans all around the world who can’t stop singing along to the hits to this smash blockbuster, as Brunswick Picture House brings you our next big Film Event: the very special THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-ALONG!
Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again.
Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum, the film celebrates the birth of show business and follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle and worldwide sensation.
The plot: Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor eventually shifts focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum’s wide collection of oddities a “freak show”; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he somehow loses sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted?
These two special sing-along screenings will also feature special live performances and more… in a big ball of fun, surprises and laughs, as only the Brunswick Picture House can. So run away with the circus and sing your heart out at this year’s favourite film!
Tomi Gray is an Australian born Artist;
Experienced Singer, Songwriter, Drummer, Guitarist.
Accomplished Writer and Published Poet.
Novice Producer and Engineer.
Personal Growth Enthusiast.
Part-time Moustache Aficionado.
Cirque du Soleil were one of the first to be interested in the Marmalade sound. Compsoer Benoit Jutras said after experiencing Wild Marmalade play for the first time that is it was “… the most uplifting, energetic live performance I saw in my life……A unique experience.”
With a strong following in Japan, Australia and Europe Wild Marmalade are the seed of a movement of people that have a taste for dance music played live with human energy and power. They regularly play at electronic dance music festivals such as Boom and Ozora and they have toured Japan and Europe every year since 2000.
Every performance is a unique journey crafted specifically for the time, place and audience. The band enter the show arena empty handed, no set list. no plan whatsoever, just free minds in a sea of energy, ready to go. In a world where nearly everything is ordered and rehearsed, Wild Marmalade deliver a wholehearted journey into the present moment with a kind of reckless abandon that defies categorization.
Uplifting, inspired, human powered didgeridoo dance music unparalleled in the world today.
Tintenbar Up Front, second Friday of every month, gives the opportunity for performers of all kinds: musicians, poets, comedians, dancers, whoever….
to strut their stuff in a wonderful old hall.
Engaging performances, warm audiences.
Come see the lady from the shop, hear that guy from the mechanic’s belt out a tune on the guitar and have a drop with your neighbour. Bring the kids for the Friday wind-down.
6:30 Bev Singh’s Indian banquet
To be ensured of a meal, you must book here.
7:30 show starts
Entry $10 / $5 member/concession – goes to worthy charities.
BYO drinks and snacks.
Tea, coffee, bikkies provided.
Cakes cheap to a good home.