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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.

Margaret Olley
Hawkesbury wildflowers with lemons 1971
oil on board
101.5 x 83.5cm
Ludowici Family

Friday 8 April, 2016 to Sunday 14 August, 2016

Kirsten Coelho

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.

Kirsten Coelho
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

Wendy Sharpe
The Roof with Washing, Florence 2008
gouache on handmade paper
50 x 70cm

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

Friday 15 July, 2016 to Sunday 11 September, 2016

A Creative Spirit - Douglas Annand Watercolours

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

A Creative Spirit - Douglas Annand Watercolours celebrates the studio practice of Toowoomba born artist, Douglas Annand (1903-1976). Annand was one of a group of exceptionally talented artists who were active in Sydney during the post war period at the time when modern Australian painting began to flourish. While Annand is recognised primarily for his graphic designs and large public commissions, this exhibition highlights a little known aspect of his practice - his skill as a painter of highly original watercolours.

Annand’s watercolour style is characterised by simple wash notations with delicate linear accents, reflecting his natural curiosity and eye for detail, with his works from North Queensland regarded as the finest of his oeuvre. A Creative Spirit demonstrates Annand’s versatility as a watercolourist and highlights the most creative period of the artist’s career.

Touring to Cairns Regional Art Gallery and Tweed Regional Gallery in 2016, A Creative Spirit – Douglas Annand Watercolours is curated by Ross Searle and toured by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. The project has been assisted by the Toowoomba Regional Council. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Douglas Annand
Thursday Island pub 1943
watercolour over pencil on wove paper mounted on cardboard
27.4 x 37.3cm
Purchased 1944 Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
© Estate of Douglas Annand

Friday 15 July, 2016 to Sunday 11 September, 2016

It is and it is not - Celia Morgan

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

This work is drawn out of a life-long enchantment with the evanescent line of the horizon. With the contemplation of that beguiling line comes a celebratory yearning for the void, a definitive dissuasion towards fixed and exact conclusions, and an increasing conviction that paradox is the key to life.

The title of the exhibition comes from Nicholas Cusanus and his De Docta Ignorantia, in which he reduces the discombobulating possibilities of existence into a happily (in)coherent formula of “it is or it is not; it is and it is not; it neither is nor is it not.”

Fundamental to my work is a deep love for the natural world. The relatively simple drawings are meant as a dedication to, and an arousal of the effects of communion with this world. I do not imagine such beauty and ephemerality could be re-presented with justice, and so the best I aim for is an evocation. There is a sense of righting, at once unearthly and grounding, that the contemplation of nature brings - the mystical, the ephemeral, beauty, light and the tree; but perhaps most of all, the unknown. These are the subjects and inspiration for this exhibition.

Celia Morgan, March 2016

Celia Morgan
Untitled 2015
graphite on paper
10.5 x 4.5cm

Friday 15 July, 2016 to Sunday 4 December, 2016

Local Provenance

The Boyd Gallery

Local Provenance is a botanical term which describes plants grown from locally collected seed. This exhibition presents the work of twelve printmakers who live and work in the Lismore, Tweed, Byron, Kyogle or Grafton regions, or who trained locally in the printmaking studios at Southern Cross University.

If we think of the university studios as a hothouse, then other gardening notions proliferate; seeding, germination, pollination, seed dispersal and regeneration. The development of these artists’ careers, from their local seeding to their current status as artists of national significance, can be described in these terms. Importantly, local institutions such as the Lismore, Grafton and Tweed Regional Galleries might be thought of as elaborate trellises that have supported the growth of these artists, and their collections are also acknowledged in this exhibition.

Local Provenance, curated by Jan Davis and Susi Muddiman OAM is the Tweed Regional Gallery’s contribution to the Year of Print - a national celebration of the Print Council of Australia’s first 50 years of advocacy for Australian printmakers.

Jan Davis
Incident at Jemmy’s Point 2011
digital print
82 x 103cm

Last Updated: 15 January 2016