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24 August 2016
Gallery first to present Cook’s new series, on loan from Hong Kong
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Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photo-media artist of Bidjara heritage. The Tweed Regional Gallery will be the first public gallery to host the full suite of Michael Cook’s latest photographic series entitled Mother, which opens today.

 

This emotionally engaging series explores a universal theme that is crucial to the wellbeing of all. The love or absence of a mother is paramount to the development and future of each child the world over.

 

“Mother is a journey through 13 images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape,” Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, said. “These are powerful and evocative images that possess an arrested stillness.  Each of them speaks to something dramatic, and has a sense of loss or regret.  The experience or the idea of loss and longing is something we can all connect to in some way,” Ms Muddiman said.

 

The ‘mother’ is always alone, her baby absent, although evidence of a child remains in the empty pram, abandoned toys on the hopscotch court, the slackness of the skipping rope.

 

Michael Cook has tackled subjects from the political to the historical since 2009.  In Mother we see his most intensely personal work to date.  While these images speak directly and poetically to Australia’s Stolen Generation, they also speak to a universal experience of disconnection between mother and child.

 

“I create artwork about Indigenous issues, past and present, about how the past relates to the present and, eventually, moulds the future.  I’m not sure whether I really need to belong anywhere.  Put simply, I’m a person of mixed ancestry – some of which is Indigenous.  I look at the big picture, I am Australian, I tell my stories to Australians of all races and also to those beyond our shores.  I am a part of the human race,” Cook said.

 

This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 2016 Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference hosted by Tweed Shire Council from 24 to 26 August 2016.

 

Mother will complemented by an engaging series of programs and events including:

 

Exhibition launch event

Friday 16 September, 6pm – 8pm. Free: no bookings required.  Join us for the launch of Michael Cook’s exhibition Mother along with Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia, a travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Artist Talk

Sunday 23 October, 2pm. Free: no bookings required.  Join Michael Cook in conversation with Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM as he reflects on Mother – a new body of work that unravels the artist’s personal history and explores broader universal ideas of motherhood, belonging and identity.

 

Student Enrichment Day

Tuesday 25 October, 9.45am – 2.30pm, $10 per student.  Bookings essential by phoning the Gallery on

(02) 6670 2790, Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. Artist Michael Cook will share his expertise in digital image-making and post-production techniques with students as part of this one-day intensive focused on contemporary photomedia practice. (Bookings by school representatives only; for year 10 – 12 students only; limited to three students per school).

 

Also available, to secondary school teachers, is an education resource featuring an essay by Rhoda Roberts. This resource is available for downloading from the Gallery’s website at http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ResourcesAndActivities

 

The Tweed Regional Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Hong Kong art collectors Alan Conder and Alan Pigott in presenting this exhibition.

 

Michael Cook’s Mother will be on display at the Gallery from 24 August to Sunday 11 December 2016.

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16 August 2016
Girls on a Mission
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One thousand ceramic figurines of the female figure – that’s the target for Murwillumbah High School year 9 student Natalia Dawson.  Working with a mentor, artist Suzanne Healy, Natalia is engaging the help of the community to reach her target of creating 1000 small, ceramic female forms.

From 10am to 12 noon on Sunday 21 August, Natalia and Suzanne invite you to come along to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah to contribute a figurine to the project.  Clay will be provided, along with tips on creating your tiny woman.

The project has been named ‘Girls on a Mission’ and aims to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging self-confidence and ambition in women.  Natalia and Suzanne are promoting recognition of women’s achievements in our community and beyond, in all areas of endeavour and particularly in the arts.

The mentorship is part of the Youth Frontiers project, delivered through the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services.  The program is aimed at students in Years 8 and 9 and focuses on leadership and civic engagement.

All are welcome to come along and contribute.  A figurine takes approximately five minutes to create, and visitors are encouraged to think about an inspiring female in their own life as they make their own contribution.

To read more about 'Girls on a Mission' visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/girlsonamissionmurwillumbah/

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29 July 2016
Gallery partners with Byron festival to present popular events
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The partnership forged in 2015 between the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Tweed Regional Gallery includes some exciting events for this year’s Festival.

On Sunday 7 August, the Gallery is the venue for what’s bound to be a lively and informative discussion. Archibald Prize 2015 winner Nigel Milsom and his subject, barrister Charles Waterstreet, will be in conversation with the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand. The session will be introduced by Susi Muddiman OAM, Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Arguably Australia’s most popular art event, the Archibald Prize never fails to capture the nation’s attention. Last year’s winning portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet captured attention as an arresting portrayal of one of Sydney’s most colourful law men. Artist Nigel Milsom won the prestigious $100,000 prize with his striking portrait of his chosen subject, whose character and antics have been suggested as being the impetus behind the popular ABC drama production Rake, starring actor Richard Roxborough. Interviewed by the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand, this interview is one not to be missed.

The event will be held at the Gallery at 2pm on Sunday 7 August 2016.  The event is free, so be sure to come along early to secure a seat! No bookings required.

In the evening, make your way to Mullumbimby for a special ‘In Conversation’ event as part of the popular Art in the Pub series. Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said, ‘The Gallery often teams up with the dynamic teams of the Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e. – contemporary art space and education. It’s a special opportunity to share this collaboration with our partnership with the Byron Bay Writers Festival for this event. I’m looking forward to interviewing Michael Brand at the pub. What a great setting to chat with one of the leading figures in the country’s arts industry,” she said.

Dr Michael Brand is a passionate advocate for greater cultural investment, innovation and infrastructure. Canberra born, Harvard educated and Sydney based, Michael, and international art scholar, wants access to the arts for everyone – so what better setting could there be than the pub?

The event will be held at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby at 6pm on Sunday 7 August 2016. The event is free, and no bookings are required.


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27 July 2016
Gallery’s Margaret Olley treasures on show
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From 17 August the Margaret Olley Art Centre will present a new exhibition Margaret Olley: from the collection curated exclusively from the Tweed Regional Gallery’s collection.

 

In preparation for the installation of this new exhibition, the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) will remain open to the public, however from 10 August – 14 August visitors can enjoy the home studio re-creation only as there will not be an accompanying exhibition in the MOAC during this short period of time.

 

Margaret Olley: from the collection reveals stories from Olley’s eventful life and her enduring career.

 

“The works illustrate stylistic evolutions in Olley’s practice and reveal glimpses of some of the many places she travelled to, and some of the places she called home,” said Gallery Director Susi Muddiman.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by Margaret Olley (1923-2011) dating from as early as 1938 when Olley was just 15 years of age. The collection includes a substantial number of works generously gifted by the Margaret Olley Estate, following the artist’s bequest of $1 million towards the development of the re-creation of her home studio within the Margaret Olley Art Centre – the third and final stage of the Tweed Regional Gallery.

 

The majority of the artworks gifted by the Estate remained in Olley’s own collection from the time they were created until her death in 2011.

 

“Visitors will have the opportunity to see works that Olley kept in her own collection for many decades,” Ms Muddiman said. “These were works that had sentimental value to her and that have become story holders for the events of her life. Works such as Kewpie Doll 1938 and The Lands Office, Sydney (cnr Bent and Loftus) 1967 have never before been on public display.”

 

Other artworks in this exhibition have been acquired into the Gallery’s collection via the financial support of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund and as gifts to the collection by generous donors.

 

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. For further details visit artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


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12 July 2016
Regional printmakers celebrated in Local Provenance
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A new exhibition title Local Provenance, curated by Susi Muddiman OAM and Jan Davis will open at the Tweed Regional Gallery on 15 July 2016. Local Provenance includes the original artist prints produced by 12 printmakers from this region. The exhibition also forms part of the nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia (PCA).

The title Local Provenance is a botanical term which describes plants grown from locally collected seed. The exhibition presents the work of talented printmakers who reside and continue their arts practice in the Lismore, Tweed, Byron, Kyogle and Grafton regions. The development of these artist’s careers from their local seeding to their current status as artists of national significance is aptly described in these terms.

The curators thought of the printmaking studios of Southern Cross University in Lismore as a kind of ‘hothouse’ for growing printmakers, and the local institutions such as the Lismore, Grafton and Tweed regional galleries as elaborate trellises that have supported these artists as their careers grew.  The prints in the exhibition include those purchased from the artists early in their careers and now loaned by the local regional galleries and the University, alongside more recent works by each artist.

 

In selecting this group of artists, the curators considered those who have also benefited from the support provided by the PCA through their annual print commission.

 

“Jan Davis and I have both enjoyed our association over the years in contributing to the national management committee of the PCA, and it seemed apt to celebrate the PCA’s significant birthday locally with an exhibition of printmakers of our region,” Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.

 

The artists included in Local Provenance are Darren Bryant, Jan Davis, Sarah Harvey, Gary Jolley, Jenny Kitchener, Leonie Lane, Shelagh Morgan, Travis Paterson, Rochelle Summerfield, Scott Trevelyan, Samuel Tupou and Christine Willcocks.

 

“These artists have been selected for the quality of their prints and the way they have built their professional careers through continued exhibition and publication of their practice, critical review and further study,” Jan Davis said.

 

“Their works have been shown throughout Australia, some have exhibited internationally, many have been commissioned artists of the PCA and all of them are in some way continuing to contribute to the local arts community.”

 

All are welcome to attend the official opening of Local Provenance by Dr. Stephen Garrett, Coordinator Visual Arts, Southern Cross University on Friday 15 July at 6pm.

 

A range of public programs have been developed to complement Local Provenance. See the artists demonstrating their work in the Gallery on Sunday 14 and 28 August, and Sunday 11 September from 11am – 2pm.

 

Continuing the Gallery’s collaboration with the Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e., join us for Art in the Pub: The Printmakers  on Monday 17 October at 6pm (for 6.30pm) at the Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby.

 

The exhibition continues at the Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 4 December 2016.

12 July 2016
Auslan tours provide increased access to Gallery and Museum
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Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah will offer Auslan (Australian Sign Language) guided tours later this month for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

 

Visitors can join an Auslan-interpreted tour introducing local history and collection highlights at the Museum in the morning and then meet again in the afternoon to tour the Margaret Olley Art Centre and gain insight into the Gallery’s current exhibitions.

 

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said that the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre had offered interpreted tours in the past that were very popular.

 

“We hope that people will make a day of it in Murwillumbah. People will be able to plan a visit to take in these two wonderful facilities. They could lunch along Murwillumbah’s Main Street or take in the view from the Gallery Café in between the morning and afternoon Auslan tours. Plus we have some fantastic exhibitions on display right now,” Ms Muddiman said.

 

Museum Director Judy Kean said participants in previous tours of the Museum have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss some displays in detail and the opportunity to visit both the Museum and Gallery in the one day.

 

The next tours will take place on Saturday 16 July with another scheduled for 3 September 2016, with different exhibitions on display each time.

 

The Museum tour will run from 10am to 11am and the Gallery tour from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on these dates. Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are essential. To book contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493 (this phone number also receives text messages) or email trm@tweed.nsw.gov.au

 

For more information, visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au or artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


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6 July 2016
It is and it is not
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“It is and it is not” is the title of an intriguing exhibition of works on paper by Bangalow artist Celia Morgan, on display at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah from 15 July to 11 September 2016.

Celia Morgan’s practice is a combination of painting, drawing and semi theatrical happenings.

Born in New Zealand, Celia Morgan has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and USA.  She holds a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, a Masters in Fine Art from Otago Polytechnic School of Art, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of NSW. 

Morgan has exhibited sporadically both in Australia and internationally since 1996 and her work is held in private collections around the world.  She has been a finalist in numerous prizes and recipient of various awards.

“The work of this exhibition is drawn from a life-long enchantment with the line of the horizon.  That line, which in fact does not exist, liberates me from the usual currents of thought and experience,” Morgan said.

“The title of the exhibition comes from a quote from the 15th Century German philosopher and theologian, Nicholas Cusanus.  In his De Docta Ignorantia, Cusanus reduces the discombobulating possibilities of existence into the formula ‘it is or it is not; it is and it is not; it neither is nor is it not.’  From this we are led to an appreciation that understanding is not so much an approach towards something, as towards nothing.  This philosophical premise has been the guiding principle in the production of the work presented here.”

All of Morgan’s drawings were created while resident in an exquisite landscape - a remote inland canyon in NSW.  Ironically this setting could not be more removed from the atmospheric depictions of sea and sky which form the basis of this exhibition’s imagery. 

You are warmly invited to attend the official opening by artist, Michelle Dawson at 6pm (for 6.30pm) on Friday 15 July. 

Celia Morgan will also be presenting a public program in conjunction with her exhibition.  Visit the Gallery and observe the artist in the exhibition space  “unknotting an artwork” on Sunday 31 July from 10am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 5pm.

“No thing can exist without its simultaneous non-existence.  Nothing is fixed, everything recedes and everything can at all times be other than what it is,” the artist said.


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6 July 2016
A creative spirit
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The life and work of one of Toowoomba’s foremost designers and artists, Douglas Annand (1903-1976), is being celebrated in an exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery, on display from 15 July to 11 September 2016. 

 

Aptly titled A Creative Spirit – Douglas Annand Watercolours, the exhibition is the most extensive survey of watercolours by the artist.  While Annand is best known for his graphic designs and large public commissions, this exhibition - curated by Ross Searle - turns the focus on his lesser known skill as a painter of original watercolours.

 

Annand’s early interest in drawing led to his employment as a commercial artist in Brisbane after one term of formal art education.  In 1930 he transferred to an advertising agency in Sydney, and apart from work with one other agency, he worked as a freelancer for the rest of his life.  Annand achieved major recognition for murals he designed for the Australian Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1939.  He was awarded three Sulman Prizes for mural designs during his career.

 

His interest in art and aesthetics extended to a love of the watercolour medium, which was a seminal aspect of his studio practiceArtistic flair was matched with civic duty when Annand joined the Department of the Interior as a civilian member of the camouflage unit in 1941.  Starting in Canberra, he moved to New South Wales and then North Queensland where he had time to paint freely.  

 

Annand’s two years in North Queensland had a dramatic and telling effect on his artistic development.  He drew and painted continually and later held a number of solo exhibitions in Sydney in 1944 and 1945 and Brisbane in 1945.  The Queensland Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria purchased watercolours from these exhibitions.

 

Annand moved in a circle of exceptionally talented artists in Sydney after World War II, at a time when modern Australian painting started to flourish.  After the war, Annand returned to his work as a freelance designer.  Much of the emphasis between 1947 and 1959 was on large mural commissions.  

 

In 1956 Annand travelled to China with Elaine Haxton and other members of the first Australian cultural relations party.  He filled sketchbooks with delightful sketches and watercolours, some of which were later worked into larger, more complete watercolours.  When his family finally persuaded him to take a number of extended trips overseas, he travelled throughout Europe and England.  He also visited Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia.  The works produced from his travel experiences mark the end of a particularly creative period.  

 

Annand’s biographer Anne McDonald said one lifetime was not long enough for Annand.  She noted that Annand had planned to travel and work well into his advanced years, but in 1976 he suffered a stroke and died shortly after, aged 73.

 

All are welcome to attend the official exhibition opening on Friday 15 July. At 5.15pm join Exhibition Curator, Ross Searle as he presents an Exhibition Preview Floortalk, followed by refreshments and opening speeches at 6pm (for 6.30pm)


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30 May 2016
Book now for ‘An Evening with Donald Friend’
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On Saturday 25 June, Tweed Regional Gallery will host the legendary theatre director, composer and actor Terence Clarke AM for an exclusive performance of ‘An Evening with Donald Friend’.

 

Tickets are still available for this enthralling one-man show, which captures the essence of Donald Friend, the man and the artist, and reveals incidents of Friend's exotic and colourful life.

 

Donald Friend (1915–1989) was a rare artist.  He was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, decorator and writer.  This play, devised by art historian, publisher and friend of the artist Lou Klepac OAM, narrates stories selected from the 44 extraordinary diaries written by Donald Friend and now held in the National Library’s collection.

 

The diaries represent the personal vision of an important Australian artist, and also document Australian culture from the 1930s to the 1980s through his eyes.  His writing is humorous, caustic and incisive.

 

President of the Friends of the Gallery, Lyn Stewart, said: “it’s a coup to welcome this renowned thespian to the Tweed, we are thrilled to be hosting this event and it’s the first time we’ve held a play in the Gallery.”

 

‘An Evening with Donald Friend’ is being presented to coincide with the exhibition The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley & David Strachan, on display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre until 7 August 2016.  

 

Donald Friend was a contemporary and dear friend to both Margaret Olley and David Strachan.

 

Don’t miss this exclusive event – one night only – presented as a special fundraiser by the Friends of Tweeed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

 

Event:            An Evening with Donald Friend by Terence Clarke AM

 

When:            Saturday 25 June 2016, 6pm – 8pm

 

Tickets:         Strictly limited. On sale now. Wed – Sun, 10am – 4.30pm, phone (02) 6670 2790

 

Cost:  $50 per person, $45 Friend of the Gallery or Gallery Foundation Member

 

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm until 6.25pm

 


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11 May 2016
Exclusive performance by the legendary Terence Clarke AM
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On Saturday 25 June, Tweed Regional Gallery will host the legendary theatre director, composer and actor Terence Clarke AM for an exclusive performance of ‘An Evening with Donald Friend’.

 

This enthralling one-man show captures the essence of Donald Friend, the man and the artist, and reveals incidents of Friend's exotic and colourful life.

 

Donald Friend (1915–1989) was a rare artist.  He was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, decorator and writer.  This play, devised by art historian, publisher and friend of the artist Lou Klepac OAM, narrates stories selected from the 44 extraordinary diaries written by Donald Friend and now held in the National Library’s collection.

 

The diaries represent the personal vision of an important Australian artist, and also document Australian culture from the 1930s to the 1980s through his eyes.  His writing is humorous, caustic and incisive.

 

President of the Friends of the Gallery, Lyn Stewart, said: “it’s a coup to welcome this renowned thespian to the Tweed, we are thrilled to be hosting this event and it’s the first time we’ve held a play in the Gallery.”

 

‘An Evening with Donald Friend’ is being presented to coincide with the exhibition The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley & David Strachan, on display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre until 7 August 2016.  

 

Donald Friend was a contemporary and dear friend to both Margaret Olley and David Strachan.

 

Don’t miss this exclusive event – one night only – presented as a special fundraiser by the Friends of Tweeed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

 

Event:            An Evening with Donald Friend by Terence Clarke AM

 

When:            Saturday 25 June 2016, 6pm – 8pm

 

Tickets:         Strictly limited. On sale now. Wed – Sun, 10am – 4.30pm, phone (02) 6670 2790

 

Cost:  $50 per person, $45 Friend of the Gallery or Gallery Foundation Member

 

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm until 6.25pm

 


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