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Friday 23 June, 2017 to Sunday 17 September, 2017

The Tweed Valley Weather Report - Andrew Hmelnitsky

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

One year ago I set myself the task of painting the atmospheric conditions of the Tweed Valley from the back of my van, which I've converted into a mobile studio.

The works on exhibition are a selection from the 150 pictures I made. They are loose interpretations of the weather conditions and the landscape they illuminate. Don't view them so much as novels, for they are more like short stories, in some instances they are mere text messages; hastily painted impressions of the landscape and barometric pressure, almost scientific in their exploration, like a report of the weather conditions for 2016–2017.

Through a scorching summer I had hoped to find the opportunity to paint the drama of a fire but to no avail. Instead, Cyclone Debbie appeared on the synoptic chart and she affected us all. A Tweed Valley flood is part and parcel of life up here, but nobody escaped her thunder. I was drawn into the disaster and feel for all those that suffered in her wake. There was something dark and sinister about this flood and my paintings since have been imbued with a little more darkness.

On the one hand, this body of work is about my local environment, the landscape of the Tweed. On the other hand these paintings are about my struggle to exist.

Andrew Hmelnitsky
April, 2017

Andrew Hmelnitksy
Plantation Farmhouse 2016
oil on board
30.5 × 40.0cm

Friday 30 June, 2017 to Sunday 17 September, 2017

David Hockney: Words and Pictures

The Temporary Exhibitions and Boyd Galleries

The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present an international exhibition to our visitors. With the generous financial assistance of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd, this landmark presentation is a first for the Gallery. Drawn from the British Council Collection, the exhibition presents four major suites of artists’ prints produced by David Hockney from 1961–1977. United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, these prints were produced during the first two decades of Hockney’s career when he established his international reputation as a Pop artist.

In A Rake’s Progress, Hockney transposed the moral tale of a squandered life based on William Hogarth’s late 18th Century series of the same name onto his own semi-autobiographical tales of a summer spent in New York. Hockney’s admiration for the poetry of C.P. Cavafy, the Greek poet of Alexandria, inspired him to illustrate 14 of Cavafy’s poems, capturing the sensuality of the original poetry with intimate drawings of his friends in London. His attraction to the simple, direct style of writing in the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm influenced one of Hockley’s most ambitious printmaking projects, a series of 80 etchings illustrating six titles. The original suite The Blue Guitar, 1977 was based on the poem The Man with the Blue Guitar by the American poet Wallace Stevens, who had in his time been inspired by Picasso. The series of 20 colour etchings, with their vast array of imagery and styles, are a homage to the Spanish master.

Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present this exhibition in partnership with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba. The exhibition will premiere at Tweed before travelling on to Katoomba in October 2017.

This inspiring display will be a ticketed exhibition. Individual and family tickets may be purchased at the Gallery on the day of your visit. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance by email to: The Gallery has made every effort to keep ticket prices affordable for all community members:

$10 - adult
$7 - Gallery Friend or Foundation member
$8 - concession or child aged 5-17 years
$26 - family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
Free - children under 5 years
$8 per person - bus group booking
$6 per person - school/education group booking

This international exhibition is enhanced by a collection of original artworks by Hockney kindly loaned to the Tweed Regional Gallery by the artist’s brother John Hockney, a resident of Australia. The Gallery is thrilled to present these works, which include colourful portraits of the artist’s mother and a self-portrait, alongside the British Council Collection.

David Hockney
The Start of the Spending Spree and the Door Opening for a Blonde from A Rake’s Progress 1961–1963
etching, aquatint
Edition of 50, 45.5 × 58.4cm
© David Hockney

Friday 21 July, 2017 to Sunday 8 October, 2017

Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture

The Withey Family Gallery

The Olive Cotton Award is generously funded by the family of Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s leading twentieth century photographers, and aims to show new portraits by professional and emerging artists. The 2017 Award will be the tenth Award since the inception of the prize in 2005.

The Award, which recognises excellence in photographic portraiture, is held biennially and offers a major prize of $20,000. The Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. sponsor Directors’ Choice awards to the value of $4,000. These awards are acquisitive, making the Olive Cotton Award an important collecting stream for the Tweed Regional Gallery’s collection of Australian portraits. A non-acquisitive People’s Choice Award will run throughout
the exhibition, allowing the public to vote for their favourite image.

The 2017 Award judge is Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Dr Lakin was previously Gallery Director at Monash Gallery of Art, Australia’s only public gallery dedicated to collecting Australian photography. He completed a PhD in photographic history at the University of Melbourne in 2002, has written widely on the history of Australian and International photography, and curated many exhibitions.

Natalie Grono
Pandemonium’s shadow 2015
pigment inkjet print
72.3 × 108.5cm
Acquired as the Winner of the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, 2015
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Friday 4 August, 2017 to Sunday 10 December, 2017

Joshua Yeldham - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio

The Friends Gallery

In February 2017 Sydney-based artist Joshua Yeldham was the Gallery’s artist-in-residence. Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, Yeldham is well-known for his majestic yet spiritually intimate observations of the Hawksbury River. We invited Joshua to explore the waterways and land environments of the Northern Rivers.

A friend lent me a canoe and for ten days. I explored a creek near Brunswick Heads with a large rolled up sheet of linen paper, indigo ink and a portable belt sander. The paper is so thick that when the ink dries I carve, with the sander, deep lines resembling tides, vines and bark. Knee-high in mud I painted grey mangrove trees beneath an ocean dune. By mid-week I was lured to an overgrown waterhole in Nashua – back of Byron. A muddy creek poking with orange fizz carp and the wispy shadows of tall strangler fig, the great survivalist! The vitality of this great land centres me and making these paintings sustains my well-being. Creating with my hands is a meditation to be quiet and alone – a blessing.

Joshua Yeldham, 2017

Joshua Yeldham
Artist in Residence - 2017

Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 18 March, 2018

Duxford Street Interiors

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

The re-creation of Margaret Olley’s Duxford Street home studio continues to fascinate and intrigue visitors to the Margaret Olley Art Centre. The interiors of her Victorian terrace and the adjoining Hat Factory were subject matter for her paintings for over four decades.

Olley allowed a select few artist friends to also work in 48 Duxford Street – Justin O’Brien, Cressida Campbell and Nicholas Harding. This exhibition brings together Duxford Street interiors by each of these artists, alongside Olley’s own.

Margaret Olley
The Blue Kitchen - 1993
oil on board
59.5 × 75cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2015
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
© Margaret Olley Art Trust

Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017

Caldera Art 2017 - Promoting biodiversity values in Australia's Green Cauldron

The Boyd Gallery

Caldera Art 2017 presents the work of six artists who are passionate about the need to preserve the rich biodiversity and complex ecosystems of the Tweed shield volcano region.

The varied interpretations of artists Kim Godfrey, Janet Hauser, Heidi Ledwell, Greg Mulheran, Greg Newland and Jennifer Porter, all seek to generate a positive emotional response to the fragility of the natural environment and encourage the viewer to take an interest in living things found in the water, on the ground, in the canopy, the sky, and their own backyard.

Caldera Art has been developed as part of the biodiversity and conservation awareness strategy by the Tweed Shire Council’s Natural Resource Management Unit.

Jennifer Porter
Receding flood (detail) - 2017
oil on canvas
81 × 54cm

Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017

Surprise! 21st Les Peterkin Portrait Prize

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Life is full of surprises!

In 2017, local primary school students were asked to create a portrait that best portrays an unexpected moment in life. Given the challenge to capture the element of surprise through illustration, these young and talented artists have used a variety of media to produce inspired and expressive portraits. Ranging from the delightful paintings of kindergarten students, to detailed illustrations by children in upper primary classes, Surprise! will feature 40 framed prize-winning works on the wall and another 200 outstanding works in display folders.

This increasingly popular prize is named after artist and art teacher Mr Les Peterkin and is a celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students, giving a glimpse into how young people view themselves and others around them.

Ava Zilles
The happy girl
Dungay Public School
First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2016

Friday 29 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017

Brett Whiteley: other places (somewhere else)

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Brett Whiteley travelled extensively throughout his life, setting down his experiences in charcoal, photographs and paint – a visual diary of Paris, New York and Tokyo to name a few of his destinations. This exhibition of Whiteley’s paintings, drawings, photographs and sketchbooks, reveals the artist’s intense desire to document his unique vision and experiences.

Whiteley recorded his impressions of the urban landscapes and the people within them, with great energy, humour and sensitivity. Whilst in New York, he responded to the city’s dynamic environment and the broader issues facing America at the time. In Japan, he saw first-hand how traditional methods of Japanese painting and drawing can capture a subject in a beautifully brief manner.

Throughout his travels Whiteley captured the world in a fresh, yet recognisable way. These works are gathered together in the exhibition Brett Whiteley: other places (somewhere else).

Brett Whiteley
The green mountain (Fiji) - 1969
oil, collage on cardboard
137 × 122cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales - Gift of Patrick White 1979
© Wendy Whiteley

Friday 13 October, 2017 to Sunday 21 October, 2018

Go figure - Works from the collection

The Withey Family Gallery

Go figure presents a selection of works from the Gallery’s collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure.

This exhibition is inspired by a group of spectacular works in bronze by the renowned sculptor Rayner Hoff and his students Marjorie Fletcher and Barbara Tribe, on loan to the Gallery from the private collection of a member of Marjorie Fletcher’s family. These sculptures form the physical and conceptual centrepiece of a diverse display of works from the Gallery’s collection.

One of the primary focus areas of the Gallery’s collection is Australian portraits, and our holdings include a wide range of figurative works that include representations of the proud solitary figure, the classic bust of head and shoulders, the dynamic interaction of a figurative group, and contemporary interpretations of the body.

Artists featured include: Ella Dreyfus, Stephen Dupont, Marjorie Fletcher, Robert Hannaford, Rayner Hoff, Petrina Hicks, Angus McDonald, Rod McNicol, Daniel Moynihan, Monica Rohan, Jenny Sages, Barbara Tribe and Greg Weight.

The Gallery thanks the family of Marjorie Fletcher for their generous loan of works to this exhibition.

Angus McDonald
Pieta 2016
oil on canvas
200 × 225.5cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2016
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Friday 24 November, 2017 to Sunday 22 April, 2018

The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi - Frank Murri

The Anthony Gallery

My art practice consists of wall-hung, timber relief sculptural panels; created by incorporating mathematical formulas, theorems and sequences. This unique art form advocates pure abstraction in an attempt to synthesize a design aesthetic.

In this exhibition, I have encoded and carved multiple wall panels with over 10,000 digits of the Pi number (which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter). Within this sequence, I have highlighted (with Primary colours), the first four single digit Prime numbers (2, 3, 5, 7) contained within them, in an exploration of the aesthetic in Number Theory.

By looking into the realm of pure mathematics, there lies within a beauty which transcends its usual form. A quote comes to mind which encapsulates this synergy between mathematics and art.

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.

Bertrand Russell, philosopher and mathematician

The pieces I’ve created are formulated to capture this beauty.

Frank Murri
Newcastle, Australia
April, 2017

Frank Murri
The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi - Panel #1 (1-322 digits) - 2016
timber, acrylic and ink on board
94 × 58 cm
©Frank Murri, 2017

Friday 8 December, 2017 to Sunday 25 February, 2018

Textaqueen: Between You and Me - A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery travelling exhibition

The Boyd Gallery

TextaQueen's engaging portraits are showcased in Between You and Me, the first survey exhibition of work by this fascinating contemporary artist. Bringing together over 30 works, the exhibition highlights TextaQueen’s compelling fibre-tipped marker works on paper, as well as a new suite of photographs created during a recent placement in the Mornington Shire’s Police Point Artist in Residency program on the Mornington Peninsula.

The survey includes TextaQueen’s re-interpretations of the salon nude, as well as feminist re-creations of cultural and historical identities undressed in Australian landscapes. Movie poster portraits depict their subjects battling the apocalypses of colonialism, while recent self-portraits consider broader experiences of racism, exoticism and expectations of cultural authenticity.

The title of the exhibition refers to the intimate relationship between the artist and the sitter. TextaQueen commented, "Between you and me is about the intimacy I share with my model and how this relationship is elevated in the (viewer-artist-subject) dynamic – unlike the traditional salon nude or portrait."

Save Yourself (self-love self-portrait) - 2013 from the series Unknown Artist
fibre-tipped markers, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper
127 × 96.5cm
Corrigan Collection

Friday 8 December, 2017 to Sunday 25 February, 2018

The adventures of Aecap - Alasdair Macintyre

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Aecap is artist Alasdair Macintyre’s alter-ego, who takes his name from a blue baseball cap with a large white A on the front.

Through a series of dioramas, larger-than-life sculptures and hands-on activities, this exhibition encourages Gallery visitors to join Aecap and his dog Impasto as they go on a journey to find out what it means to be an artist. This new body of work, created for Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, invites viewers to ride aboard the rollicking Splatsmobile, cozy up to the art-huggy monster, step inside the Junior Artist box or become a Young Master. The exploration, the dreaming, and sometimes the perils are all about the wonder of being an artist.

Alasdair Macintyre hopes Aecap will encourage us to be artists, or to follow art – or both.

This exhibition is on display over the Summer holidays, providing a great destination for the family. Children will undoubtedly enjoy meeting Aecap the artist, Impasto the dog, and participating in all the fun activities on offer.

Alasdair Macintyre
Art Stop - 2016
polystyrene, resin, wood and acrylic paint
185 × 180 × 65cm

Friday 8 December, 2017 to Sunday 25 February, 2018

public/private - Phil Barron

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

I have been painting for 30 years, mostly in my spare time when working in non arts-related employment. Over many years my work/life balance has seen my art practice become more and more important to me, and for the past 6 years I have established a daily painting practice. I have an intense interest in art history and the colours, materials and process of painting.

I am particularly moved by intimate interiors and portraiture, and the paintings in this exhibition depict my private and domestic life in Murwillumbah. Portraits of friends and family, still lifes and interiors from the corners of my home and studio, landscapes that illustrate my town and environment, and works developed through my exploration and study of artists I admire. My work is representational.

My studio is a private space, my creative process is personal. Everything I paint is meaningful to me, each painting signifies a private moment; a personal relationship, an intimate memory, and sometimes an object with hidden meaning. The private becomes public.

Phil Barron
April, 2017

Phil Barron
Interior at South Murwillumbah - 2017
oil on masonite
32.0 × 32.2cm

Friday 15 December, 2017 to Sunday 11 March, 2018

A Creative Life - Works from the collection

The Friends Gallery

Self-portraits and portraits of artists by fellow artists constitute a strong component of the Gallery’s collection. Drawing on works from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition provides viewers with a link to the personal and professional lives of the artist and their subject.

Although the creative life can be seen as one full of challenges, connection to community and social interaction, it can also demand long periods of loneliness and introspection. Often artists create self-portraits in response to that introspection, or simply because they offer a handy life model. Artists might choose to portray a fellow artist because they make a good sitter, because they admire their work, or because their tools or studio space provide fascinating insights into the life of an artist and their practice.

This exhibition is accompanied by children’s labels with questions to prompt a closer look at the artworks on display.

Shane Jones
Self Portrait - 1996
oil on canvas
121.5 × 76 cm
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2008
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

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