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Friday 10 June, 2016 to Sunday 16 July, 2017

A - Z: the alphabet in art - Works from the collection

The Withey Family Gallery

Drawn from our collection, this playful exhibition brings together
a curious combination of works inspired by the alphabet.

Selecting pieces for this exhibition presented me with the opportunity to create fun and unusual combinations of artworks from the collection for our visitors.

Play a classic game of ‘I Spy’, or create your own game using the artworks as a visual language. I invite you to interact with some wonderful pieces in what I hope is an engaging, family-orientated and entertaining exhibition.

After viewing this playful glimpse into the Gallery’s collection, you’ll really know your ABCs!

Susi Muddiman
Gallery Director

Sherrie Knipe
Rain Dance 2007
9.0 x 4.3 x 2.0cm
Gift of Anonymous donor through the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., 2008
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Wednesday 17 August, 2016 to Sunday 30 April, 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 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: 15 January 2016