Twilight Artists; Grafton Regional Gallery Jude McBean

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A twilight photo taken of the Pullens

Building by artists Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart.

THE two nocturnal artists roaming about Grafton and the Clarence Valley have attracted a lot of comments through their Nocturne: Grafton Project.

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart are enjoying capturing the new and the old, and even the in-between, of Grafton in a series of photographs taken just on twilight. You can follow their project on Facebook.

Cooper and Spowart collaborate to investigate and navigate the site and place in the Australian natural and urban landscape. Through their photography they explore the social, historical, scientific and mythological aspects of the sites they capture in full colour.

The artists have created an informal display of their photographs in the Grafton Regional Gallery's studio space, where the artists work in the morning before venturing out to capture their twilight images. Everyone is welcome to come and talk to the artists and engage with their project.

Cooper and Spowart are interdisciplinary visual artists, who create visual narratives through online media, artists' books, photo books, zines and images. They have collaborated on many art projects and exhibitions of book works that have featured their room and car camera equipment and techniques.

Their practice also extends to education; both as students and teachers. Both have lectured nationally on the topic of the photo book and artists' book, and their book works are held in the artists' books, rare book and manuscript collections in the Artspace Mackay, the state libraries of Queensland and Victoria, the National Library of Australia and in the USA.

The residency of the two artists is made possible through the support of Arts NSW and continues until Friday, September27.

Star attraction

THE celebration of contemporary Australian youth art is attracting the crowds as well as the schools.

ARTEXPRESS 2013, on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery, is one of 11 distinct exhibitions created from the selection of artworks by the 9580 students of the 2012 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination.

The selection includes 10 students who attend high schools on the NSW North Coast. The remaining works were selected to complement these works, and show the range of ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, textiles and fibre, printmaking, sculpture, film and video and digital media that the students used.

Students from Grafton High School, ranging from Year 7--12, have visited the gallery this week in the run-up to the school holidays.

The Casino, Coffs Harbour, Maclean, Toormina and Woolgoolga high schools, along with St John's College, Lismore, St Joseph's, Coffs Harbour, and Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, will be visiting after the holidays. …