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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 17 February, 2017 to Sunday 21 May, 2017

Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever

The Anthony Gallery

This exhibition draws from documentation gathered from If These Halls Could Talk; a multi-arts project managed by Arts Northern Rivers celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities. The Northern Rivers is a region of villages, most with a hall at the centre of its community heart. Some sit proud on hills, some tilted with age, but all are places of stories and keepers of secrets. Seven halls from across the Northern Rivers were selected to have a renowned artist collaborate with their community to create a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of their hall.

Opera Queensland was commissioned by Arts Northern Rivers to tell the 102-year-old tale of Tumbulgum Hall. Nestled on the banks of the Tweed River, Tumbulgum Hall has an amazing history. Built in 1914 the hall has many stories contained within its walls. In their show Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever, the major performing arts company focused on the halls connection to the river. The hall was transformed by Opera Queensland into an other-worldly place and in collaboration with the community they created a musical journey that led audiences into the next world and onto forever.

Jules Ober
Still from If These Halls Could Talk (detail) 2016
dimensions various

Friday 3 March, 2017 to Sunday 16 April, 2017

Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

This is an exhibition about material transforming from a lump of dirt into a myriad of forms. Clay is an expressive material, from the belly of a bowl to the gestural marks of an abstract sculpture, there is something seductive about clay: it calls out for human touch. The making of an artwork in the studio is a very private performance. Pushing blocks of clay around, altering and moving over the surface of form, the physical rhythm of making is a large part of a ceramic artist’s life. Clay is heavy; being able to manipulate it requires strength and ingenuity to solve technical problems that arise between the material and the human body.

This exhibition highlights 10 Queensland artists working with clay, from the raw woodfired works of Ray Cavill to the delicate porcelain of Anne Mossman. These objects are highlighted and linked by the ephemeral eco installation of artist Tijn Meulendjiks, his airy, gravity defying installation a physical embodiment of the idea of desire. Tijn’s installations and Shannon Garson’s exhibition design draw the viewer into the mysterious, tactile, colourful world of Objects of Desire.

Artists: Mollie Bosworth, Andrew Bryant, Ray Cavill, Janet Fieldhouse, Chizuko Jones, Clairy Laurence, Tijn Meulendijks, Pru Morrison, Anne Mossman, Jenny Mulcahy and Megan Puls.

Megan Puls
Mangrove series #1-10 2016
Scarva stoneware clay
group 24 × 38 × 135cm (maximum measurements)

Friday 3 March, 2017 to Sunday 18 June, 2017


The Boyd Gallery

An Ararat Regional Art Gallery and NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Dr Belinda von Mergensen

Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists.

In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have embraced embroidery for its capacity for poignant and reflective narrative. The re-emergence of embroidery is part of a broader questioning of the hierarchy of materials that has gained momentum since the 1990s. Embroidered objects have often been read literally and relegated within a domestic framework. These new contemporary works break down preconceptions by exploring what embroidery can become once it transcends the regularity of pattern and decoration. Historically, embroidery like the Bayeux Tapestry, was used as a tool for personal or political narratives. Slipstitch aims to introduce a contemporary audience to the capacity of embroidery for drawing and communication in this mode.

The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White.

Jane Théau
Swimming Boy 2013
machine embroidery, sewing thread and wire
Stitch: free machine embroidery, straight lockstitch
38 × 50cm (variable)

Friday 3 March, 2017 to Sunday 16 April, 2017

the continuity of life - The art of Maki Horanai

The Macnaughton Focus Gallery

The paintings of Maki Horanai display a unique and imaginative combination of artistic sensibilities, transporting the viewer into a fantastic world of dreams. Horanai’s work defies any single label, yet has its own immediately recognisable style, often touching or quirky, but always evocative.

Thoughts while standing in front of one of Maki’s paintings:

I have stopped myself for a moment to connect with the world that you have created and shared with me. So you enter into the circle of my life. You breathe, you live, you paint; I breathe, I live, I become part of your universe. My body moves closer and my eyes slowly focus in amazement on the details of the smallest parts and then I step back slowly to see larger sections and finally look at the centre and unfocus to see the whole. Only in this way am I able to see that, like in a Japanese temple garden, your spaces around and between are as meaningful as what fills them.

I thank you for giving me this chance to see myself through your work.

Hillel Weintraub, September 2016

Maki Horanai
floating above the world 2015
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
90 × 120cm
Private collection of Maite Kervella

Wednesday 8 March, 2017 to Sunday 4 June, 2017

Concrete 2

The Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Throughout the history of art photography, the concrete form has been used to symbolise pervasive and dominant social forces. Concrete through photography has become a symbol of Modernist design, the metropolis, urban growth, industrialisation and of the designed utopia.

My work seeks to re-present the concrete form in a way that challenges the established symbolism. Rather than a clean and inert concrete structure, Concrete 2 depicts a concrete bridge that is marked and stained by time and place. The beam structure is overcome by marine growth and algae. The circular pillar reflects the greens and purples of the surrounding vegetation. The concrete form is depicted as immersed in and effected by its environment. While the clean concrete form suggests the dominance of the designed over the natural, the stained and marked concrete form suggests an inevitable intertwining of the intended and the experienced. The works reflect a gradual shift away from the regimentation of Modern societies and towards a less homogenised and more interactive contemporary awareness.

Damien O’Mara, September 2016

Damien O’Mara
Pile Cap 2 (detail) 2016
Inkjet print on aluminium composite panel
300 × 100cm

Friday 17 March, 2017 to Sunday 30 July, 2017

Guy Maestri

The Friends Gallery

During 2016 Sydney-based artist Guy Maestri spent time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residency Studio. The aim of the residency was to commence the development of a body of work for a solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery in March 2017.

The artist said, “I originally intended to observe and respond to the local landscape and fauna as the focus of my residency at the Gallery. However, as I settled into the studio and absorbed myself into the residency, I realised what a privilege it was to have such intimate access to Margaret Olley’s world via the exhibition of Olley’s work and the re-creation of her Duxford Street home studio.

Studying Margaret’s paintings, reading her thoughts about art and life and having access to the actual objects that she painted from (her own things) made me realise what a masterful painter she was. It made me fall in love with painting again, for the pure joy of it. To spend time looking at, and painting from life, the objects I know so well from Margaret’s paintings, and to know that Margaret herself had spent time quietly rendering those same objects was again, a privilege. It unexpectedly redirected my focus for my residency, to something more intimate and more about personal objects, and of course, about the love of painting.”

Guy Maestri is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Guy Maestri in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio

Last Updated: 15 January 2016