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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

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

Last Updated: 15 January 2016