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Friday 26 May, 2017 to Sunday 19 November, 2017
The Anthony Gallery

Surrender explores the distinctive figurative and landscape work of Joshua Yeldham, one of Australia’s most original and creative contemporary visual artists.

Drawing from a reverential love of nature and deep spiritual affiliation with the land, Yeldham creates intricately rendered works that oscillate between narrative and myth, imagination and real experience. Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, the artist has developed a singular aesthetic that often conflates these various mediums, such as his characteristic oil paintings with sculptural assemblages on board or his pierced and carved photographs.

This exhibition provides just a glimpse into Yeldham’s creative inspiration and spiritual journey through the Australian landscape, particularly in the Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River regions the artist has known since childhood.

Joshua Yeldham has been invited to participate in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence program. Visitors can look forward to viewing an exhibition of the outcomes of this residency from Friday 4 August 2017.

Joshua Yeldham is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney.

Joshua Yeldham
Self portrait: Morning Bay 2013
instrument, cane, shells and oil on carved board
200 × 244cm

Joshua Yeldham - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 4 August, 2017 to Sunday 10 December, 2017
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

Duxford Street Interiors
Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 18 March, 2018
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

Caldera Art 2017 - Promoting biodiversity values in Australia's Green Cauldron
Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017
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

Surprise! 21st Les Peterkin Portrait Prize
Friday 22 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017
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

Brett Whiteley: other places (somewhere else)
Friday 29 September, 2017 to Sunday 3 December, 2017
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

Go figure - Works from the collection
Friday 13 October, 2017 to Sunday 21 October, 2018
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

Last Updated: 15 January 2016