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A painter’s house
Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Margaret Olley’s Duxford Street home studio was filled with objects and things she collected and re-arranged as subject matter for her paintings for nearly 50 years. The re-creation of Olley’s home studio remains an evocative legacy of her life and work, revealing much to us of her processes for painting. Olley described her Duxford Street home as a studio first and foremost – a painter’s house.

To continue the vitality of the inspirational force of Olley’s house, the Tweed Regional Gallery invited four contemporary painters to explore objects and things within the home studio re-creation. Spending time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio each artist has responded to the re-creation from the perspective of their own practice.

Responses by painters Monica Rohan (Brisbane), Guy Maestri (Sydney), John Honeywill (Brisbane) and Lewis Miller (Melbourne) will be exhibited alongside paintings by Margaret Olley. The exhibition will also include loans from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the University of Queensland Art Museum and private collections, as well as works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection.

To complement this exhibition the Gallery will present an engaging program of activities and events. For details visit the Gallery website in 2018.

Margaret Olley
Bedroom still life 1997
oil on board
61 × 91cm
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection
© Margaret Olley Estate

Curtain Call - Andrew Antoniou
Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018
The Anthony Gallery

Curtain Call relates to my immersion into the world of theatre, particularly that of the Absurdist movement. In this confined and constructed space we are allowed to focus on the drama of the human condition that is illuminated by un-natural light and given force by plot and characterisation. The genre of Absurdist Theatre has an open language that is able to utilise symbolism, metaphor, satire and conventional narrative in any combination, lending the imagery of the dramatic form a richness and diversity. Meaning is often cloaked in its complexity.

Within the work there are a series of recurring themes that are given differing contexts and spaces of a theatrical nature within which to exist. These themes are often around the concepts of time, mortality, love, ritual, conflict, and notions of magic and transformation. I see and express these concepts through figuration (cast), spacial composition (stage set) and narrative flow (script). I work with the idea of a ‘cast of characters’ and develop their roles in successive pieces to enable the viewer to see the possibilities of this approach in the telling of a story.”

Andrew Antoniou, September 2017

Andrew Antoniou is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney.

Andrew Antoniou
Let’s Dance 2016
charcoal on paper
100 × 124 cm

Border Art Prize
Friday 25 May 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018
The Temporary Exhibitions and Boyd Galleries

The Border Art Prize is a biennial exhibition which supports the endeavours of artists living and working in North Eastern New South Wales and South East Queensland. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter and attracts a wide variety of styles from both well-known and emerging artists.

On offer is a First Prize of $3,000 funded by Tweed Shire Council. Second and third prize, of $1,500 and $500 respectively, are funded by the Friends of the Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Long-term Gallery supporter, artist and teacher Shirley Kennedy, also funds $1,500 in Encouragement Awards comprising two $500 and two $250 awards for emerging artists.

The exhibition typically includes painting, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, and reflects the breadth of artistic endeavour in the region. The Border Art Prize is always popular with the public and provides the opportunity to purchase work from the region at some very reasonable prices.

Entries open early 2018. Interested artists should contact the Gallery to obtain conditions of entry and entry form. Information is available on the Gallery website, phone (02) 6670 2790 or email

Robyn Sweaney
Oasis 2015
acrylic on linen
40 × 50cm
Winner, Border Art Prize, 2016
Photo courtesy of Robyn Sweaney

Subdivision - Georgie Maddox
Friday 25 May 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Subdivision comments on the IKEA-inspired throw away generation of today. Local artist Georgie Maddox explores the effects of consumer culture on sustainability, as well as the broader environmental impacts on our natural landscape. Each work is created in oil on canvas and depicts an abstracted landscape within Northern NSW, where the artist states, “there is a constant battle between progress verses conservation of the natural land”. The works provide visual communication of these key issues through deconstruction – cutting, ripping, tearing – then reconstruction – compiling, realigning, restitching thus creating a new aesthetic and perspective of the original landscape artwork. The resulting artworks remind the viewer that once something has been destroyed, it can never be fully restored. Our natural environment is irreplaceable, precious and unique, just as our interaction with the land permanently alters and changes it for future generations.

Georgie Maddox
West Byron Development 2016
oil on canvas with cotton thread
39 × 39 × 10cm

Last Updated: 16 February 2018