Friday 24 April, 2015 to Sunday 5 June, 2016
Director’s Choice: works from the collection
The Withey Family Gallery
With over 1,000 pieces in the collection, I have so many favourites. Choosing only some for an exhibition was a very difficult task. Spoilt for choice, I had several attempts at paring back my selections to create an exhibition which presents aesthetically, without overpowering the exhibition space.
There’s no doubt that this exhibition is eclectic. It mirrors my love of history and narrative, both real and imagined. There’s portraits and still lifes, abstraction and documentary works, all of which are executed with the artists’ attention to detail which I so admire and respect. I’ve tried to cover each aspect of the Gallery’s Accession Protocol which includes Australian portraiture, artists’ prints, art works inspired by the Tweed region and works by artists of our region, and pieces by Margaret Olley and artworks by her contemporaries.
In selecting these works, I was reminded of the generosity of the Gallery’s supporters. It never ceases to amaze me how many significant works of art are gifted to the Gallery through donation. Philanthropists, donors and artists have all played a crucial role in the development of the Gallery’s collection, as have the Friends of the Gallery and our Foundation.
I hope you enjoy my selection, and thank you all for helping build a collection which offered me so many splendid choices.
Susi Muddiman, Gallery Director, September 2014
Everything in its right place 2014
synthetic polymer paint on linen and found frame
56 x 76cm
Purchased through the Gallery Donations Fund, 2014
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Saturday 13 February, 2016 to Sunday 7 August, 2016
The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley and David Strachan
The Margaret Olley Art Centre
This exhibition explores the connection in art and life between two Australian painters, Margaret Olley and David Strachan, via their shared dedication to the genre of still life painting. Olley and Strachan met in Sydney in the 1940s, travelled together in Europe in the 1950s and lived near each other in Sydney in the 1960s. Following Strachan’s untimely death in a car accident in 1970, Olley used his Paddington Street home in Sydney as her studio. Here she completed a compelling series of still life and interior paintings.
The Mystery of Things features paintings on loan from public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art and more; as well as from private collections in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
The exhibition will be complemented by an illustrated, full colour catalogue with essay contributions from Lou Klepac OAM and Barry Pearce. Visit the Gallery website for up-to-date details on associated events.
Hawkesbury wildflowers with lemons 1971
oil on board
101.5 x 83.5cm
Friday 8 April, 2016 to Sunday 14 August, 2016
The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio and The Friends Gallery
her Adelaide studio that extends her residency in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio in September 2015.
Coelho’s work draws partly on the exploration and reinterpretation of 19th and early 20th century utilitarian wares produced for a domestic market in Australia. Alongside this she explores an ongoing fascination with the compelling nature of objects portrayed in paintings and the narratives they create.
In regard to her residency Coelho says, “Utilising the paintings and collections of Margaret Olley as a starting point for new work is both exciting and enticing. Olley had a rich and personal vision and portrayed objects in such a way that the objects themselves took on new meaning and visual power. In Olley’s paintings, the framing of objects in space elevates the everyday, inviting us to look again at the essential nature and details of objects in the worlds that surround us. This opportunity to see Olley’s works and her personal collection of objects first hand will enable me to engage with her vision and further build on an understanding of the way objects can be contextualised and perceived.”
Kirsten Coelho is represented by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane and
This Is No Fantasy, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.
Canister, Cup, Bottle, Lidded Jar, Low Bowl 2015
porcelain, matt white glaze, banded iron oxide, saturated iron glaze
Canister 15 x 9cm, Cup 9.5 x 9cm, Lidded Jar 24 x 16cm,
Low Bowl 4 x 25cm
Friday 22 April, 2016 to Sunday 25 September, 2016
WANDERLUST: work from recent travels - Wendy Sharpe
The Anthony Gallery
My love for travel started in my 20s when I first won a scholarship to Europe. Since then, travel has been an integral part of my life and my work. This is an exhibition of work from travels and residencies over the last ten years in Italy, France, Egypt, India, the Middle East, Morocco, Antarctica, Mexico, and Spain. I spend part of every year in my apartment studio in Paris.
Most of the work is gouache and pastel. They were made overseas directly from the subject, or straight after the experience, often in a makeshift studio in a hotel or apartment. The oil paintings, made later back in Australia, are a distillation of the experience, developed mostly from memory and drawings. They move beyond the observational into a more involved and complex narrative.
Among the works on paper there are views from an attic apartment overlooking the terracotta roofs and ancient towers of Florence, from the Aurora Australis icebreaker on a scientific voyage to Antarctica and from a camel market in Egypt.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag
Wendy Sharpe 2015
Wendy Sharpe is represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
The Roof with Washing, Florence 2008
gouache on handmade paper
50 x 70cm
Friday 6 May, 2016 to Sunday 10 July, 2016
The Border Art Prize
The Temporary Exhibitions and Boyd Galleries
The Border Art Prize is a joint initiative of Tweed Regional Gallery and Gold Coast City Gallery, developed to support the endeavours of artists living and working in North East NSW and South East Queensland. The exhibition is held annually with the Gallery venue alternating each year.
The Prize offers a First Prize of $3,000, Second Prize of $1,500 and Third Prize valued at $500. Artist and teacher, Shirley Kennedy also funds $1,500 in Encouragement Awards comprising two $500 and two $250 awards. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter and attracts a variety of styles from both well-known and emerging artists. The exhibition typically includes painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture and reflects the breadth of artistic practice in the region.
One leaf to another 2014
Banksia leaves sewn onto canvas
100 x 86cm
Winner, Border Art Prize, 2014
Friday 6 May, 2016 to Sunday 10 July, 2016
Object of Affection - Oksana Waterfall
The Macnaughton Focus Gallery
“The things we love tell us what we are” Thomas Aquinas
Object of Affection is a series of drawings with elements of embroidery that explores the theme of individuals and their favourite possessions. Object plus memory, attached to others or to an experience, equals a favourite thing. What people deem valuable is a curious mixture of the exotic and the mundane. These things may have monetary value, or be intrinsically worthless - but are priceless to their owners. They are revealing of their owner’s inner life and the force of individual memory. It is the unexpected and the inexplicable in which patterns often start to emerge. That these subjective, beloved objects will find their way into the hands of others eventually, or end discarded, makes their selection all the more poignant.
Embroidery is one of the favourite things from my own childhood. Embroidery is the literal and figurative thread that links my subjects, their treasured objects and I.
Oksana Waterfall, 2015
Lelli (detail) 2015
graphite and thread on paper
39 x 76cm