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Friday 12 August, 2016 to Sunday 7 May, 2017

Margaret Olley: from the collection

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

This exhibition features an eclectic array of works by Margaret Olley from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection. A number of works that remained in Olley’s possession for many years were gifted to the Tweed collection from the Margaret Olley Estate following the artist’s bequest of $1million towards the development of the re-creation of her home studio at Tweed Regional Gallery. Many of these works have never been on public display, such as Kewpie doll painted by Olley when she was just 15 years of age.

Explore the stories represented by landscapes, still lifes and interiors completed by Olley across the many decades of her enduring career.



Margaret Olley
Kewpie doll 1938
oil on linen
30 x 30cm
Gift of the Margaret Olley Estate, 2013
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Friday 26 August, 2016 to Sunday 11 December, 2016

Michael Cook - Mother

The Friends Gallery

Cook’s emotionally engaging new series Mother explores a universal theme that is crucial to the wellbeing of all. The love or absence of a mother is paramount to the development and future of each child the world over.

Mother is a journey through thirteen images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape.

His ‘mother’ is always alone, her baby absent, although evidence of a child remains in the empty pram, abandoned toys on the Hopscotch court, the slackness of the skipping rope. These images possess an arrested stillness that speaks to a recently bereft status.

Michael Cook has tackled subjects, from the political to the historical, since 2009. In Mother we see his most intensely personal work to date. While these images speak directly and poetically to Australia’s Stolen Generation, they speak also to a universal experience of disconnection between mother and child. They powerfully evoke the essential nature of the relationship between mother and child that is at the heart of human experience. Seductive yet enigmatic, Cook’s vignettes construct a psychological mirror between personal experience and political power.

Exhibition launch event: 16 September 2016, 6pm for 6.30pm until 8pm. No RSVP required

The Tweed Regional Gallery acknowledges the generous support of collectors Alan Conder and Alan Pigott in presenting this exhibition.

Michael Cook is represented by Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne.




Michael Cook
Mother (Pram) 2016
inkjet print on archival Hahnemuhle cotton rag
120 x 180cm
Image courtesy Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne

Friday 16 September, 2016 to Sunday 4 December, 2016

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photo-media - A National Gallery of Australia exhibition

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photo-media showcases the best work produced by Indigenous artists working with photography and new media in Australia today. Drawing on works from the NGA Collection, this exhibition features new work by leading and emerging Indigenous makers.

Contemporary Indigenous photography was essentially born in the 1980s with a generation of artists who politicised and provoked to document their experiences around the events of the Bicentennial marking 200 years of European settlement. The last 30 or so years have seen the maturation of contemporary Indigenous photo-media, to the extent that some of the most provocative and exciting photo-media work produced in this country is now made by Indigenous artists. Reflecting wider trends in contemporary photo-media practice, many of the artists included in this exhibition use or refer to early photographic techniques and practices to engage with contemporary concerns – often in unexpected ways.

The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.





Ali Gumillya Baker
Bound/Unbound Sovereign Acts II, Simone Ulalka Tur 2015
digital print on archival photographic paper
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Friday 16 September, 2016 to Sunday 4 December, 2016

Me, Myself & I - 20th Les Peterkin Portrait Prize

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Portraits are effective and compelling when they tell us something about the person. Not only are portraits a visual representation of a person; they also reveal something about the essence of that person. In 2016, local primary school students were asked to create a self-portrait that best represents their personality, interests and talents. Given the challenge to describe themselves through illustration, these young and talented artists have produced imaginative and descriptive self-portraits.

Ranging from the delightful paintings of kindergarten students, to detailed illustrations by children in upper primary classes, Me, Myself & I showcases 40 framed prize-winning works on the wall and another 200 outstanding works in display folders. This ever 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, providing a glimpse of how young people view themselves.

The Les Peterkin Portrait Prize (LPPP) is a collaborative project of Tyalgum Public School and Tweed Regional Gallery, professionally co-ordinated by artist and teacher, Marianne Galluzzo. The LPPP is generously sponsored by the Derivan, the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre Inc. and Tyalgum P&C Association.





Hester Clark
The Gruffalo
Fingal Head Public School
Coordinator’s Award (8-10 years)
Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2015

Friday 30 September, 2016 to Sunday 12 February, 2017

In Flagrante Delicto - James Guppy

The Anthony Gallery

Forty years ago I gained an Honours Degree in Economics. While I turned away from that discipline long ago, I can’t help but watch the business of the world through that particular lens. I must say I’m not impressed. Now with the posturing, asset stripping, hostile takeovers, the whole culture of contemporary capitalism is very different. We look to our leaders for models of ethical behaviour. Our expectations are low, yet we are still disappointed, hence the subject matter that pulled me into these paintings.

I am, first and foremost, an artist and as such my principle desire is to create engaging artworks. The visual aesthetic here is not contemporary, nor modern. I want to create a tension between the ideas surrounding contemporary capitalism and the pre-modernist notions of beauty. I hope it makes the actions of these men even more reprehensible.

James Guppy, 2015





James Guppy
Negotiated Settlement 2015
acrylic on polycotton, timber frame
120 x 82cm
Courtesy the Artist and Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

Friday 9 December, 2016 to Sunday 26 February, 2017

The Phantom Art Show

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

The Phantom Art Show, an exhibition inspired by the comic book character, is truly for the young at heart! Nostalgic, surprising and fun, this exhibition celebrates the evolution of this unique heroic character over the past 80 years.

Exhibition co-curators, Dietmar Lederwasch and Peter Kingston write, “Lee Falk created the Phantom in 1936 in New York City. This exhibition is dedicated to his first two Phantom artists, Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. Us Phantom artists grew up before the digital age when comics were king: Superman, Batman, Nancy and Sluggo, The Little King, Captain Marvel… but none resonate like the Phantom. Youthful obsessions with him linger, taking root in impressionable consciousness and refusing to budge.”

More than 30 artists have contributed their various interpretations of the “Ghost Who Walks” through a variety of media and styles. Participating artists include Charles Blackman, Kevin Connor, Elisabeth Cummings, Reg Mombassa, Euan Macleod, Paul Ryan, Gary Shead and Greg Weight.

This exhibition proves that childhood obsessions can be hard to shake!

Presented in association with Australian Galleries, Sydney



Elisabeth Cummings
P K as the Phantom 2014
oil on canvas
70 x 60cm

Friday 9 December, 2016 to Sunday 26 February, 2017

PERFORMANCE - Abbey McCulloch

The Boyd Gallery

Like bursts from a camera shutter, Abbey McCulloch’s series PERFORMANCE captures not only the most consciously posed and poised bodies, but those moments in between that reveal the out-takes, where gestures belie the vivacious, confident woman caught only a millisecond before.

Somehow, we all know one of these fabulous creatures. She oozes with self-possession, acuity and style. She has a kind of élan, or je ne sais quoi that can be neither bought or photoshopped. With a prolonged and desiring gaze we realise that she is not one, but many women. She is composite and contemporary taste. She is a construction created by you and I, and them ‘out there’.

In this moment, McCulloch’s aim comes into sharp relief, problematising the very act of looking. She asks simply, “What do you want from her?” And in asking this question, McCulloch characterises the expectations we place on others and ourselves in the performance of everyday life.

Dr Laini Burton, 2016

Abbey McCulloch is represented by This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne and Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane



Abbey McCulloch
Borrow 2016
oil on canvas
55 x 45cm

Friday 9 December, 2016 to Sunday 26 February, 2017

Becoming - Susan Kinneally

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

This work began with a course in botanical illustration at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. I love intricate detail and line and enjoyed learning to use watercolour, which is a wonderful medium - transparent and sensitive. However, although I loved the medium I found the discipline of describing botanical features tedious – scientific accuracy didn’t appeal as much as making images.

My drawings started to rebel. They grew into a series of works which are inspired by my interest in different realities. In my botanical world there are parallel universes about to collide. The kingdoms of flora and fauna are melding, with the added complication of the incursion of fantastical creatures, but in the subtlest way. One does not always see at first, the wrapping of a mermaid’s tail around the stem of an iris, nor the carpet snake transforming into a Golden Penda.

Susan Kinneally, March 2016



Susan Kinneally
Iris Mermaid 2 2014
pen and watercolour on Saunders watercolour paper
56 x 76cm

Friday 16 December, 2016 to Sunday 12 March, 2017

1,2,3 Count the Collection

The Friends Gallery

The Tweed Regional Gallery collection currently numbers over 1,100 artworks.

But it’s all about counting to the magic number 10 in this fun exhibition for families. Using artworks to illustrate numbers, 1,2,3 Count the Collection will introduce a diverse range of works from the collection that will fascinate and delight audiences of all ages.

There’s only 1 thing 2 do, 3 words 4 you – “Count the Collection”…



Shane Jones
Untitled #12 (shoes) 1997
oil on canvas
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2008
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Last Updated: 03 July 2015