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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
bronze
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 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

Friday 12 May, 2017 to Sunday 10 September, 2017

Portraits: Margaret Olley

The Margaret Olley Art Centre

“Because I have a face like a pudding and it’s easy to draw.”

This was Margaret Olley’s humorous response, when asked by friend and biographer Christine France, why, in her opinion, she was such a popular portrait subject for fellow artists.

Margaret Olley remains the most painted face in Australian art history. As a fledgling artist at the age of 25, Olley sat for friend and fellow artist William Dobell. His portrait Margaret Olley 1948 won the Archibald Prize, hurtling a shy Olley into a media frenzy. More than six decades later, Olley was again the subject of an Archibald Prize winning portrait by Ben Quilty, Margaret Olley 2011.

Olley’s remarkable artistic career is bookended by these iconic portraits.

This outstanding exhibition of portraits of Olley by her artist friends, and self-portraits, is an exploration of Olley’s extraordinary life, spirited character and her enduring friendships with some of the most significant figures in Australian art. Portraits: Margaret Olley includes work by Margaret Olley, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, Judy Cassab, Jeffrey Smart, Ben Quilty, Nicholas Harding and more.

Never before assembled, Portraits brings together important works via loans from private and public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Gallery and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The exhibition will be complemented by an engaging schedule of activities and events. For details visit the Gallery website in 2017.



William Dobell (Australia; England, b.1899, d.1970)
Margaret Olley 1948
oil on hardboard, 114.3 × 85.7cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1949
© William Dobell/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016

Friday 26 May, 2017 to Sunday 19 November, 2017

Surrender

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

Last Updated: 15 January 2016