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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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6 May 2016
Winners announced in Border Art Prize
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Acclaimed artist Euan Macleod announced the winning works in the 2016 Border Art Prize at the official opening of the exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery tonight.

 

Euan was impressed by the “variety of media, styles and subjects all handled with enthusiasm and passion”. As he walked around the exhibition, surrounded by the viewing public, he noted that gallery visitors “were really engaged with the work”.

 

Mullumbimby artist Robyn Sweaney was awarded the $3,000 first prize in the regional art award for her oil on linen painting Oasis, depicting a house, a subject for which she is well known.  First prize is funded by Tweed Shire Council. 

 

“This beautifully painted work shows an ordered vision which on continued viewing becomes unsettling,” Euan Macleod said.

 

The Border Art Prize is a joint initiative of Tweed Regional Gallery and Gold Coast City Gallery to support the endeavours of artists living and working in the NSW North Coast and South East Queensland. The award shows both 2D and 3D works covering a wide variety of subjects, as entrants aren’t required to work to a theme.  The Prize attracts a wide variety of styles from both well-known and emerging artists, reflecting the region's lively artistic community.

 

Zom Osborne from Federal, near Lismore, won the $1,500 second prize - funded by the Friends of the Gallery - with Swan Sisters, an evocative and detailed acrylic on wood.  Ocean Shores entrant Sean Connors was awarded third prize, also funded by the Friends of the Gallery for his acrylic painting Dawn’s early light.  The judge noted that all three winners displayed “complete mastery of materials and subject matter, used to evoke a sense of mystery”.

 

In addition to these awards, local artist and teacher Shirley Kennedy provides funds for Encouragement Awards which she selects in consultation with the Gallery’s Director, Susi Muddiman OAM.  These awards reflect the variety of media in the exhibition with the two $500 awards recognising Unearthed, a large ceramic vessel by Ruth Park of Wollongbar and Wooyung Valley, a lush oil painting in earth tones by Andrew Hmelnitsky from Casuarina. The two $250 awards were to drawings by Emma Jewry of Pumpenbil for her mixed media Sitting woman and Laura Tate from Mullumbimby for Mynd.  Shirley commended the exhibition for its good representation of both 2D and 3D works.  She also acknowledged the artists who were not selected for exhibition and urged “never ever give up… persevere and you will break through”.

 

Around 400 people turned out to attend the opening of this exciting exhibition, which was officially opened by Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase.   Cr Polglase highlighted the parity of entrant numbers from Gold Coast and Tweed Shire demonstrating the importance of the Border Art Prize as a cross-border event.

 

The exhibition of 279 of entries is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 10 July. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm and admission is free.                                               


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2 May 2016
A few of your favourite things
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Mullumbimby artist Oksana Waterfall will soon showcase a series of works at Tweed Regional Gallery that explore how people select their most treasured items.

 

Object of Affection will be on display from Friday 6 May to Sunday 10 July 2016 and reflects the artist’s Ukrainian heritage, where intricate embroidered fabric is often regarded as a family heirloom.

 

“It is the thread of memory for me and I have incorporated it into each work… a thread that binds me to my culture and my past, and a thread of mark-making that links all the works in the series,” Ms Waterfall said. 

 

She said her long and abiding interest in people and the objects they bonded with in the course of their lives were part of the inspiration for her work.

 

“We all tend to accumulate things as we move through the world,” she said.

 

“Amongst the myriad of objects that pass through our hands, there are some that seem to exert a special attraction and influence over us.

 

“As an artist, it intrigues me that people often cling to the mundane as valuable; this can be an object from their childhood or a present from a friend, sometimes without intrinsic value except to the owner,” she said.

 

“It can be commonplace or uncommon, rare or simply charged with the value of personal use.”

 

The artist said patterns and stories started to emerge amongst the myriad of random objects.

 

“We can tell a lot about the owners from the objects they choose as sentiment finds its way into their choices and mundane objects become supercharged with emotions and distilled memories,” Ms Waterfall said.

 

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said visitors would be intrigued by the seemingly simple works.

 

“Closer observations reveal the intricate detail involved in Oksana’s practice,” Ms Muddiman said.

 

“She tells the story of people through the things they selected and the things they treasure. She specifically asks people to nominate the objects that are most precious to them.

 

“Surprisingly, people didn’t always select the most valuable thing they own and these often remain as impersonal objects to them.

 

“It is often object, plus memory, that equals a favourite thing.”

 

Artist Michael Cusack will officially open Object of Affection at 6pm (for 6.30pm) on Friday 6 May 2016.  All are welcome to attend.

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