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24 July 2017
Grandmother memorialised in unusual photograph

Sydney photographer Justine Varga’s large-scale work in homage to her grandmother has won the $20,000 overall prize for the 2017 Olive Cotton Award, announced in an official opening and presentation ceremony at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah on Saturday night. 

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21 July 2017
Olive Cotton finalists a snapshot of modern lives
Olive Cotton Award finalist media release
The 72 finalists in this year’s Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraits, opening at Tweed Regional Gallery today, are a “snapshot of our times”, according to Award Coordinator Anouk Beck.
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28 June 2017
Moving portraits and building bricks

Learn to create a compelling portrait or bring LEGO® to life during school holiday workshops at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.


On Friday 7 July, high school-aged kids can create a ‘Magnificent Monochrome Portrait’ under the guidance of artist Sharon Muir.  Students will learn the basics of painting tonally and leave the class with a convincing painted likeness of a face.  Students can bring A4 or A3-sized black and white photocopies of a clearly viewable face of themselves or a chosen subject.  Alternatively, a face can be chosen from the tutor’s folio. 10am - 2.30pm, cost $47.  Students should bring lunch and a drink, and a fine mist spray bottle (if you have one). For bookings, phone the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790, pop in or visit


Kids will use fascinating and challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions and machines at the Remote Control Mania LEGO® Workshop on Thursday 13 July.  Making them move is the name of the game and participants will set their creations in motion using LEGO® wireless remote controls, during the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® event.  Suitable for ages 6 years and up and all kids take home a B4K cap, tee or other item. 9am - 3.30pm, cost $79. For bookings, go to and see ‘School Holiday Programs’.


To complement the current Portraits: Margaret Olley exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, tutor Carleen Joy’s workshops on Friday 14 July look at techniques to build your own portrait or self-portrait.  Children aged 5-8 years can ‘Print It’ from 10am to noon. Draw and print a portrait of someone special – from memory or bring a photograph.  Start with a line drawing, make a printed portrait, then add features using coloured oil pastels.  Cost $23, or $20 if booking more than one child or class.  Kids aged 7 to 13 years can ‘Mix It Up’ from 1pm - 3.30pm, focusing on line, texture and colour to create a self-portrait in a favourite landscape.  This might be the beach, bushland, your bedroom or wherever your imagination takes you. Start with printmaking, then explore adding charcoal, ink and oil pastels to build idea in layers.  Cost $27, or $23 if booking more than one child or class.  To book, please phone the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790, pop in or visit the website for more information.  Kids should bring morning or afternoon tea and a drink.


Young visitors to the Gallery can also pick up a free drawing activity for families in the Foyer, explore with a copy of the Margaret Olley Art Centre Kid’s Guide or listen to a symphony on headphones while creating a digital artwork on the iPads.


Tweed Regional Gallery is located at 2 Mistral Road, South Murwillumbah and is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am - 5pm. Admission to the Gallery is free.


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16 June 2017
Hockney treasures for Gallery’s first international touring exhibition
Tweed Regional Gallery’s first international touring exhibition, David Hockney: Words & Pictures, will begin on Friday 30 June, featuring works by one of the most influential living artists.
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15 June 2017
Record number of entries received for the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award

Tweed Regional Gallery’s biennial competition for portrait photography, the Olive Cotton Award, continues to grow in popularity, with a record number of entries in 2017.

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31 May 2017
Artists share Olley insights at Gallery Up Late panel discussion

Some of Australia’s leading artists will share their stories of working with Margaret Olley, when they participate in a Gallery Up Late discussion panel at Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre on Friday 9 June.


Danelle Bergstrom, Nicholas Harding and Adam Knott all have artwork in the new exhibition Portraits: Margaret Olley exhibition and will offer rare insight to the personality and passions of the celebrated artist.


They will be joined by Art Gallery of South Australia Director Nick Mitzevich, who was a close friend of Margaret Olley and will host the panel discussion Reflections of Olley.


“Margaret Olley is the most painted face in Australian art history and many of those artists were either close friends or became close to her,” Margarget Olley Art Centre Curator and Collections Manager, Ingrid Hedgcock, said.


“She had a strong personality and a passionate dedication to the arts, and became a mentor to many young artists.


“Many of the people who worked with Margaret have very colourful stories and fond memories of their time with her and the moments they spent in her famous Paddington home studio.


“Some of those stories are sure to emerge during this intimate discussion between four prominent figures in the contemporary Australian art scene.”


Reflections of Olley will be the focal point for the Gallery Up Late, which will be held at the Gallery in Murwillumbah on Friday 9 June from 5pm to 9pm.


“Visitors will have a rare opportunity to tour the gallery from 5pm, before the panel discussion begins at 6.30pm,” Ms Hedgcock said.


Entry for Gallery Up Late is $10 ($7 for students and Friend of the Gallery members) and bookings are essential through or by phoning (02) 6670 2790 Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.


As part of the event, the Gallery Café will be open and offering a tapas menu from 5pm to 6.30pm and dinner from 7.30pm to 9pm. Dinner bookings are essential by calling (02) 6672 5088, Wednesday to Sunday.



30 May 2017
Tweed Regional Gallery welcomes funding for solar

There are sunny days ahead for the Tweed Regional Gallery, which has received confirmation of a $125,000 grant from the Australian Government to install solar panels.


The funding will be delivered through the Community Developments Grants (CDG) program which funds community infrastructure across Australia.


The Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, recently wrote to Council to confirm the funding, which was a Coalition Government election commitment.


The system will avoid up to 100 tonnes of grid-power based carbon emissions each year, and create annual energy cost savings of up to $48,500 at the Gallery, representing 30 per cent of the annual bill.


Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, said: “This project is an excellent addition to the Gallery as Council has long been committed to improving the sustainability of one of its largest and most-used public facilities”.


“The solar panels will do much to enhance these moves, following on from such initiatives as introducing energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the building’s exhibition spaces, replacing the older lighting systems.”


The contract has been awarded to SEQ Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd who will install a 99.18kW system in the near future.


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26 May 2017
Yeldham surrenders creativity to powerful connections
Landscape and figurative works by one of Australia’s most original and creative contemporary visual artists, Joshua Yeldham, will be on exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery from 26 May - 19 November 2017.
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11 May 2017
Proof is in the pudding for Olley portraits
Portraits: Margaret Olley media release
Margaret Olley once joked that people liked to paint her portrait because she had “a face like a pudding and it’s easy to draw”.
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9 May 2017
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