The Gallery's Collection protocol has two focus areas: Australian portraits of all eras and media, and work created by the region's artists or otherwise reflect aspects of life in this area.
The Australian Portrait Collection
Although predominantly a contemporary collection, the portraits range from c1890 to the present and in diverse in styles and media from traditional oils and acrylic to fibre, wood and photography.
No history of the Gallery’s portrait collection would be complete without acknowledging the significant and pivotal contribution of Doug and Greta Moran through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. 35 portraits from this Prize were acquired for the Collection between 1988 and 2000. The Gallery ceased its association with the Moran Prize in 2002.
The enormous community support through the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. and the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Ltd. is also acknowledged.
The response of artists and the public has been enthusiastic in building the Gallery's collection. The popularity of the portrait collection is partly due to society's fascination with portraits, with the interplay between artist, subject and viewer. Far from being formal representations of famous people, this collection includes lively and vivid paintings of a wide cross-section of our society, from tradesmen to teenagers, artists to bushmen, the young and the old.
The Gallery's Collection also includes a wide variety of artworks which reflect our region. These works cover a range of media such a paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, ceramics, fibre and woodwork, all reflecting the character and people of the Tweed Valley.
The Collection has benefited significantly from a range of acquisitive prizes including the Gallery's flagship prize, the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture
and the CPM National Print Awards.
The Gallery is also registered to receive gifts of artworks under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Please contact
Director Susi Muddiman or Assistant Director Anne Schardin.
Hui Hai XIE b. 1957
Jonathan Aatty 1996
oil mixed with synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 1996
Acquired with the financial assistance of Arts NSW and the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation, 1997
oil on board
Acquired as the Winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 1990
Regional Artists Angus McDonaldPear
oil on canvas
30 x 40cm
Gift of the artist, 2008
Bird Skin I 2007
etching on hand made Shinano paper
Gift of the Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery, 2008