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Artist Database

All artists are invited to register their contact details and areas of interest with the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre by submitting a completed Artist's Database Form (283kB PDF)

This information will be included on the Gallery’s digital database, and will allow us to distribute relevant information about special events, professional development opportunities and art competitions and prizes by email.

Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

To receive regular information on all of the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs, artists are encouraged to become members of the Friends of the Gallery Inc. The Friends foster and support the continuing development of the Gallery and its programs. Membership offers a range of benefits including: mailed invitations to all Gallery activities, exhibition openings, public programs and events; the Friends’ artifacts newsletter, information about other arts-related events, and special excursions to visit other galleries and places of interest. Friends' functions and events offer artists the opportunity to meet other artists and supporters of the Gallery.

Guidelines for the submission of exhibition proposals

Local artists - Community Access Exhibitions Program (CAEP)

The Gallery has a busy calendar of changing exhibitions within six separate exhibition areas. Two of these areas, the Macnaughton Focus Gallery and the Boyd Gallery, are made available to local artists under the popular and exciting Community Access Exhibitions Program (CAEP).

The documented aim of the CAEP is to provide local artists with a professional venue for exhibitions of new work. To be eligible for consideration under the CAEP, individual applicants must be residents of Tweed, Kyogle, Lismore, Byron or Beaudesert shires or Gold Coast City. In the case of group shows at least half the applicants must satisfy the residential requirement.

Applicants are asked to submit an exhibition proposal, high quality images of their work and a professional resume. Each proposal received is carefully assessed by the Gallery’s Exhibitions Committee at scheduled meetings throughout the year and applicants are advised in writing as to the outcome of their proposal within published timelines. The number of exhibition slots available to CAEP applicants varies according to the Gallery’s major exhibition calendar.

Selection is based on:
  • exhibition content and rationale;
  • a high level of aesthetic value and understanding;
  • time frames and availability;
  • relevance to exhibitions in adjoining gallery spaces;
  • demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of an exhibition; and
  • demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.

The Community Access Exhibitions Program is considered an important part of the Gallery’s operation. Many local artists have mounted their first solo exhibition under the CAEP, which offers a valuable exercise in professional development, while raising their profile in the regional community and beyond.

The Exhibitions Committee encourages both emerging and established artists to submit proposals according to the application guidelines. Please contact the Gallery by telephone on 02 6670 2790, or email at

Community Access Exhibitions Program Guidelines (329kB PDF)

Non-Local Artists - Temporary Exhibitions Policy

The Gallery warmly welcomes the submission of professional proposals from artists outside the region. Artists may submit proposals at any time during the year, however all proposals received are considered by the Gallery’s Exhibitions Committee at scheduled meetings throughout the year.

Selection criteria for applications submitted under the Temporary Exhibitions Policy include: excellence, innovation, audience development, distinctiveness and diversity, educational focus or value, size and physical requirements, relevance (including but not limited to: regional, national, and compatibility with other scheduled exhibitions), availability and cost.

Temporary Exhibitions Policy and Procedures (87kB PDF)

Last Updated: 17 January 2018