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People to know – Andrew Kidman


Australian artist Andrew Kidman works in many mediums.  Music, writing, painting, photography, surfboard shaping or films all born from his connection to the ocean.

Among his works are the films Spirit of Akasha, Litmus, Glass Love and Last Hope.  Last Hope in particular being a film that merged the creative aspect of surf and art. Andrew is also an accomplished musician, having released albums as Andrew Kidman, The Val Dusty Experiment and The Brown Birds of Windy Hills.

Andrew has also published a number of books, most notably Lost in the Ether, Way of the Bird and a film/book documentary detailing the finer points of surfboard designed, Ether.

Andrew was born in Canberra and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He has been living on the North Coast for the last 13 years with his partner, Michele who is originally from New York and their two kids. They spend most of their time here on the North Coast, every couple of years they go back to New york for the winter.

KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?

Making surfing films and music. Shaping surfboards

KP – Is it your passion or just something you do?


KP – If it is not your passion what is?

Music and Surfing

KP – What is your greatest career achievement?

Working on the Spirit of Akasha film and soundtrack and playing it live at the Opera House and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival

KP – How do you give back to your community?

I try and keep it clean

KP – What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hanging at the beach with my kids and Michele

KP- What is your greatest extravagance?

Making myself surfboards

KP- What is your favourite Travel detstination/why?

Basque Country and New York. Culture, art.

KP – What is your most noticeable characteristic?


KP- Who is your favourite superhero?

Storm Trooper

KP – Who are your hero’s in real life?

My friends, Michele, John Steinbeck, Tom Blake, Duke Kahanamoku, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Dylan

KP – What do you value most in your friends? 


KP- What is your most treasured possession?

My guitar strap Michele made me

KP – If you could choose what to come back as what/who would it be?


KP – Which words phrases do you overuse?

You know what I mean

Which living person do you most admire/why?

Michele, because she’s so dedicated to our kids having a healthy life in every sense.

KP – If money was no object what would you do?

Make records full time.

** Catch Spirit of Akasha at The Falls Music and Arts Festival Byron Bay **

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Kirra Pendergast is the editor of Common Ground Australia. An award winning photographer, Kirra first picked up a camera at 12yrs old. Her photography has been widely published in everything from international newspapers through to Rolling Stone Magazine (which was a major bucket list tick) Kirra is always out capturing photographs of things as varied as the immense power and beauty of the ocean, storms, and the breathtaking landscapes of Northern NSW. Kirra's photographic passion is music, portraiture and street photography. Born and raised in Byron Bay, Kirra's family has spent generations in the Northern Rivers hailing from Lismore, Tuntable Falls, Tregagle and Byron Bay. Kirra is passionate about supporting local music, creatives, the arts and local business using Common Ground as a platform to promote this place, its people and their passion.


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