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27 April 2017
Gallery Playdates for small visitors
Gallery Playdates

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Now that school has returned, Tweed Regional Gallery will host another series of playdates for young vistors aged 6 months to 5 years. Parents, grandparents and carers are invited to join Gallery staff for fun and educational sessions in the Gallery on the first Wednesday of each month during term time.


The monthly Gallery Playdates recognise the important role a gallery environment can play in early childhood development. Children can share in activities inspired by the artworks on display or happenings in the community. The next playdate on Wednesday 3 May will explore the theme of recycling in conjunction with Tweed Shire Council’s new 3 Bin System.


The Gallery’s Education and Audience Development Officer, Jodi Ferrari, said that waste can provide excellent art materials.


“At our next Gallery Playdate, the kids will build and play with recycled packaging sculpture, while the adults can learn more about ways in which we can reduce waste in our households,” she said.


The Gallery will open slightly earlier on the day of each Playdate so families can enjoy a quiet experience in the exhibition. The playdates often include storytelling, soft toy play, and looking at and singing about artworks.


The Gallery also provides a cool, dry place for families visiting the Murwillumbah Farmers’ Markets before the Gallery Playdate to store their groceries.


“Wednesdays are a great day to come into Murwillumbah – to enjoy some local produce and then embrace the theme of ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ through art,” Mrs Ferrari said.


A free still life drawing activity featuring local produce will remain in the Foyer Gallery from Wednesday 3 May until Sunday 7 May. Adults and kids are welcome to participate. 



What: Gallery Playdates at Tweed Regional Gallery

Who:   Children up to 5 years, with their carers

When:            First Wednesday of the month - next playdate is Wed 3 May 2017

9.30* – 10.30am

Cost:   Free

Bookings: No bookings necessary

One adult per child please

*NOTE the Gallery is open early for these special events

REGULAR Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

26 April 2017
Free Compost Workshop at Tweed Regional Gallery
Free Compost Workshop at Tweed Regional Gallery

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tweed Shire Council will conduct a free composting and worm farm workshop at the Tweed Regional Gallery this Sunday to promote changes to the household waste system.

The workshop will be held on Sunday 30 April from 1pm to 2pm and will cover all aspects of home composting.

Council’s Environmental Education Officer, Tarra Martel said the workshop will coincide with a week-long display highlighting how the new 3 bin system works.

“The underlying message of both programs is the importance of diverting organic waste away from landfill,” said Ms Martel.

“Whether it’s composting at home or making use of the new green organic waste bin you are ensuring your organic waste is not being converted to methane or leachates, both of which are tremendously damaging to our environment.”

The 3 bin household collection system will be introduced to single houses and duplexes in urban areas across the Tweed starting July 1.

Under the new system, the green organics bin containing food and garden waste will be collected weekly and turned into compost while the red landfill bin, which no longer contains any material which is going to break down, gets collected fortnightly.

The display will clearly show which materials go into which bin and Ms Martel will also be onsite to answer any questions from 10am – 2pm on the day.

Bookings are essential for residents to participate in the composting workshop and can be made by contacting Ms Martel on

The Gallery also invites the community to embrace the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ concept and celebrate food through art. From Wednesday 3 May to Sunday 7 May, visitors of all ages can grab a board, some paper and art materials and create a still life artwork inspired by the abundance of local produce from this region.

The project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW’s EPA Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded by the Waste Levy.

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18 April 2017
Creative Workshops for Kids
Creative Workshops for Kids

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

If the chocolate buzz has died down and the kids need something new to distract them, check out these great workshops at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah.


On Thursday 20 April join in a space themed LEGO®workshop with BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Currumbin. Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™ the workshop uses LEGO® bricks and models to teach about real-life space exploration.  Children will build models related to the NASA space program LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models.  Kids can come for a half day, 9am-12pm or 12.30pm-3.30pm, for $45 or the full day, 9.00am-3.30pm for $79.  Children attending for the full day take home a B4K pencil case or high bounce ball.  For further information and bookings visit the website School Holiday Programs.


On Friday 21 April children aged 9 to 12 years can join artist, Sharon Muir, to explore “Fantastical” Bugs.  Using opaque watercolour (gouache), participants will create their own fantasy bugs inspired by the natural world.  The class will experiment with different ways of applying the paint to the paper and learn a variety of interesting techniques to mimic the markings and textures of bugs.  Choose from a morning or afternoon class for $34 per class (or only $29 per child if booking two or more children).  Class times are 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm.


If you are visiting the Gallery, check out the free drop in activities for families in the foyer and in the Margaret Olley Art Centre.  Take inspiration from Slipstitch, an exhibition of contemporary embroidery, and use your pencil as a thread to draw stitches to make a picture that looks like sewing.  Copy the fancy stitches or create your own design.  Draw your favourite artwork in a gilded frame or pick up a copy of the MOAC Kid’s Guide and learn about Margaret Olley while completing the suggested activities.  Down in the Margaret Olley Art Centre, listen to a symphony on headphones while you create a digital artwork on the iPads.


Tweed Regional Gallery is located at 2 Mistral Road, South Murwillumbah and is open, Wednesdays – Sundays from 10.00am - 5.00pm and admission to the Gallery is free.

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18 April 2017
Artist David Fairbairn is drawn to print
Artist David Fairbairn is drawn to print

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present the exhibition David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print from Friday 21 April to Sunday 18 June 2017.  This dynamic exhibition of drawings and prints, by the renowned Australian portraitist David Fairbairn, showcases drawings from the period 2010 – 2016 and etchings of the same sitters created from 2015 – 2017.


Although Fairbairn is well known for his large, colourful mixed media drawings, in 2015 he made the decision to work almost exclusively on large scale etchings.


Fairbairn says, “It is important to me that these new etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing.  Now working predominantly in black and white, without the added complexities of colour, I am able to reinforce the formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”

Informed by the traditional processes of portraiture, Fairbairn works directly from a model in his studio, often for up to 16 months at a time.  The decision to work directly with a sitter is fundamental to his art making practice; the ritual of sharing the studio with his sitters is a direct catalyst for the highly dynamic and visceral works that result.


He says, “My portraits represent the transience of life itself… the passing of time both in life and in the studio.  Each work represents a period of time that has passed during the sitting; you cannot capture that in a photograph.”


Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman says, “I am certain that this display will enthral gallery visitors.  The dynamic scale, expressive line and individual detail in Fairbairn’s drawn and printed portraits, is a spectacular example of the power of portraiture.”


David Fairbairn has received many awards and prizes including the Dobell Drawing Prize from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1999, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2002, and more recently the Mosman Art Prize in 2012.  He has held over 30 solo shows since 1981, and is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Fairbairn has been a finalist in both the Archibald Prize and Dobell Drawing Prize on many occasions.  David Fairbairn is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney and Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.


All are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening celebrations on Friday 21 April 2017At 5.15pm David Fairbairn will present an Exhibition Preview floor talk, followed by refreshments.

At 6.00pm (for 6.30pm) the artist will deliver an opening address.


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18 April 2017
Slow down and see the light
Regional artist Colleen DaRosa presents an exhibition celebrating light and colour

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

“Slow Light… Celestial”, an exhibition of art work by Myocum artist Colleen DaRosa, will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 21 April – 18 June 2017.

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10 April 2017
Picture yourself in the Olive Cotton Award
Picture yourself in the Olive Cotton Award
Entries are open for the prestigious Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, held biennially at Tweed Regional Gallery.
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3 March 2017
A stitch in modern times
030317 slipstitch media release
A modern Australian take on the ancient art of embroidery will be featured in a new Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre exhibition starting this Friday.
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3 March 2017
Horanai finds form in power of nature
Continuity of Life media release
Japanese-born artist Maki Horanai celebrates the resilience of life with her exhibition, the continuity of life: the art of Maki Horanai, on display at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from 3 March to 16 April.
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27 February 2017
Echoes stir reflections for Archibald winner

Archibald Prize-winning artist Guy Maestri was genuinely moved by his time as artist-in-residence at the Margaret Olley Art Centre, housed within the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.


The Sydney-based artist completed a residency in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio in 2016, where he began a body of work inspired by objects in Margaret Olley’s home studio re-creation.


“I was quite affected by my time spent in Olley’s home studio re-creation,” he said.


“Though it may only be an echo of her time in this world, it is filled with her treasured artefacts and ordinary objects, just as she left them. The space Margaret created, inhabited and regularly painted, is no longer interrupted and fluid; it's fixed and preserved like a painting.”


Maestri will soon return to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is preparing to feature his exhibition Echo, a collection of works spawned from last year’s residency, from 17 March.


“Plastic flowers, deemed cheap copies of the real thing, function similarly to paintings of flowers. Both extend the life of something beautiful and sensory, yet ephemeral,” Maestri said.


“This is also the case with Margaret Olley’s home studio – a home that, until I visited the re-creation, I knew only through her paintings.”


During his residency, Maestri painted many of the objects that filled Olley’s cluttered Sydney home, including her plastic flowers, and flowers of personal significance.


“I paired the paintings of Margaret's flowers with paintings of my grandmother's orchids. These paired works become reflections, echoes and ghosts of sorts,” he said.


“They represent the capacity of objects, and paintings, to both hold and preserve memory and experience.”


Maestri won the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2009, with his portrait of Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. He is a regular finalist in the Wynne Prize for landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He won the Premier’s Plein Air Painting Prize in 2013 and the King’s School Art Prize in 2014.


Echo will feature in the Friends Gallery at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 17 March to Sunday 30 July.


Public programs:

Art in the Pub: Monday 20 March, 6pm for 6.30pm (DST), Free. No bookings required.

The Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby

Artist Guy Maestri in conversation with Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM. A collaborative event between the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Contemporary Art Space and Education Inc. and Byron School of Art.


Artist Talk: Guy Maestri on objects and inspiration, Sunday 18 June, 11am

Free. No bookings required.


Join the artist and Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM for a discussion on Echo, with reference to some of the objects from Margaret Olley’s home studio re-creation that inspired his work.

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27 February 2017
Objects of Desire celebrate leaders in Queensland ceramics

The best of Queensland’s contemporary ceramics will be showcased at Tweed Regional Gallery from 3 March – 16 April 2017, when it hosts the exhibition Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay.

Eleven Queensland artists who work with clay are featured in the touring exhibition from artisan, Queensland’s Centre of Craft and Design. They range from the raw, wood-fired works of Ray Cavill to the delicate porcelain of Anne Mossman.

These objects are highlighted and linked by the ephemeral eco installation of artist Tijn Meulendjiks. His airy, gravity-defying installation was curator Shannon Garson’s addition to the exhibition design. The artist’s site specific work, created from local materials at each venue, is a physical embodiment of the idea of desire and draws the viewer into the mysterious, tactile and colourful world of Objects of Desire.

The exhibition also includes works by Mollie Bosworth, Andrew Bryant, Janet Fieldhouse, Chizuko Jones, Clairy Laurence, Pru Morrison, Jenny Mulcahy and Megan Puls.

Artisan CEO Claire Sourgnes said the featured artists are among Queensland's best ceramic artists, with works ranging from ceramic home wares to sculptural pieces.

“We’ve seen some really innovative and exciting techniques used by the artists in this exhibition, highlighting the role ceramics plays in the contemporary arts and crafts movement," Ms Sourgnes said.

Meulendjiks was invited by the Gallery to travel to Tweed as an artist in residence to create his ephemeral art work. His large-scale installations are made from plant-based materials and are site specific, sourced from the land surrounding the Gallery.

Everyone is invited to an official opening of the exhibition by Ms Sourgnes on Friday 3 March at 6.30pm (DST).

About Artisan: Artisan is Queensland’s Centre for Craft and Design. Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the presentation and advancement of authentic and innovative craft and design practice. 

The development of this project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Image credits:

Andrew Bryant, Nature spiral 3, 2015. High fired stoneware clay, crater glaze with copper overspray. Photo by Jaala Alex

Chiko Jones, Green teapot and cups, 2016. Porcelain. Photo by Jaala Alex

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