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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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23 February 2017
Queensland Governor makes long-awaited MOAC visit
Queensland Governor visit media release
A visit to the Margaret Olley Art Centre is an experience every Australian should have at some time in their life, according to the Queensland Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.
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16 February 2017
Hall talk takes Gallery to another world
If These Halls Could Talk - Gallery media release
A new exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery delves deeper into a celebration of town halls in the Northern Rivers and the stories they inspire.
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10 January 2017
Holidays workshops for super sculptures

Create your own superhero at two school holiday sculpture workshops at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre next week.


With The Phantom Art Show current on display at the Gallery, two superhero sculpture workshops for school-aged children will be held on Wednesday 18 January.


Participants will use supplied wire frames and art-quality plasticine to create a detailed figurative sculptures.


“They can make their own Phantom, Batman or Wonder Woman, a sculpture of their best friend of favourite movie character,” the Gallery’s Education and Audience Development Officer, Jodi Ferrari, said.


“Alternatively, they can design and make a brand new superhero.


“Bring along a photo or representative object to help spark some added creativity.”


Award-winning sculptor and arts educator Leonie Rhodes will teach traditional sculptural techniques, as well as some clever tricks for working with modern materials.


She will lead a morning session, from 10.30am to noon, for children aged six to 12, followed by a workshop at 1pm to 3.30pm for participants aged 13 and over.


“There will be an incredible array of colours available, so participants will be able to let their imaginations run wild,” Ms Ferrari said.


Bookings are essential by calling (02) 6670 2790 or completing an enrolment form at the Gallery.

It will cost $20 per participant for the morning workshop and $25 for the afternoon session. Visitors making two or more bookings will receive a discount of $5 per child per class.


For more information about Leonie and her work, visit





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20 December 2016
Many attractions to make Gallery a holiday highlight
Gallery Christmas hours media release
New exhibitions, special children’s activities and plenty of masterstrokes for Christmas gift ideas will ensure Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is a popular place to visit during the festive period.
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7 December 2016
The botanical becomes fantasy

Local artist Susan Kinneally will display her first solo exhibition, Becoming, at Tweed Regional Gallery from 9 December 2016, showcasing a colourful series of watercolours inspired by her love of botany.


“Susan’s work will be showcased under the Gallery’s Community Access Exhibitions Program (CAEP), which caters specifically to regional artists,” Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.


“This popular program provides an opportunity for artists who reside in the Tweed, Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron, Scenic Rim or Gold Coast City shires to exhibit their work in a world class gallery environment.  Since the Gallery’s relocation to Mistral Road, Murwillumbah in 2004, we have hosted over 100 exhibitions under the CAEP, ranging from exhibitions by professionally experienced artists to those at the very beginning of their creative career.”


For 30 years, Kinneally practised as a senior art teacher at a Melbourne secondary school, teaching painting and drawing, ceramics, printmaking, set design and multi-media, among other art related subjects.  She was also the Art Faculty Coordinator and edited the school magazine.


Kinneally said: “I loved the demands of teaching, which kept me busy while bringing up my children amid the usual domestic joys and traumas of modern life.  Despite this busy life with work and family, I always found time to produce my own artwork.  Since arriving in the Northern Rivers in 2013, I have had the time and opportunity to focus on my ambition to become an artist whose work is exhibited and appreciated.


“My creative explorations began with a course in botanical illustration.  I love working with intricate detail, line and the transparency and sensitivity of watercolour.  However, I found the discipline of describing botanical features tedious.  My drawings started to rebel.  I decided to invent my own botanical world where I merge fantasy and fairy stories with sci-fi and wild theories of quantum physics.  The known kingdoms of flora and fauna meld with fantastical creatures – one does not see at first the wrapping of a mermaid’s tail around the stem of an Iris.


“All the images on display in Becoming use the technique of stippling, a laborious method I first encountered while studying botanical illustration. Producing these images has been a long process involving much exploratory drawing.  I first make a number of botanical studies, then start pushing and pulling to bring the image to life.  Once the image has been drawn onto paper, I wash in the watercolour and build up the layers of colour, tone and pattern.”


Becoming will be officially opened on Saturday 10 December at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST by Kinneally’s long-time friend Karen MacDonald, and will be on display until 26 February 2017.


On Sunday 5 February 2017 from 1-3pm DST, visitors will be able to engage with the artist in the Gallery Foyer as she works on preparatory botanical sketches.  A folio of her work and resource materials will be available for visitors to browse.

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6 December 2016
Painting our PERFORMANCE

An exhibition of new work by one of Australia’s ‘most collectable artists’, Abbey McColloch’s PERFORMANCE, will feature at Tweed Regional Gallery from 9 December 2016 – 26 February 2017.


Art Collector magazine named McCulloch as one of ‘Australia’s 50 most Collectable Artists' in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  McCulloch’s success is demonstrated by her selection as a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2007, 2009 and 2013 for her portraits of actresses Nell, Toni Collette and Naomi Watts.  Her works featured in a solo exhibition at Art Stage Singapore in 2014, and last year she was invited by iconic UK photographer Nick Knight to cover Paris Fashion Week, with her drawings featured on his fashion website SHOWstudio. 


McCulloch is clearly one of Australia’s most recognisable contemporary figurative painters.  In her exhibition catalogue essay, Dr Laini Burton writes: “Like bursts from a camera shutter, the series of works on display in PERFORMANCE capture not only the most consciously posed and poised bodies, but those moments in between … where gestures belie the vivacious, confident woman caught only a millisecond before.  Somehow, we all know one of these fabulous creatures.  She oozes with self-possession, acuity and style.  She has a kind of élan, or je ne sais quoi that can be neither bought or photoshopped …  In this moment, McCulloch’s aim comes into sharp relief …  She asks simply, ‘What do you want from her?’  And in asking this question, McCulloch characterises the expectations we place on others and ourselves in the performance of everyday life.”


The artist explains: “The works in PERFORMANCE are about the ways that we perform for others – and ourselves.  They are about our fictional selves revealing more about us and how our veneer can be more telling.  I asked some friends to sit for me but I wasn’t particularly interested in capturing their likeness, I just wanted to play around with capturing something in their expression that showed them being self-aware.  In each of these images I am trying to capture that strange moment where you realise that you are being watched by yourself.  The person that you are trying to be has been caught out by the person you are.  It’s like an out-of-body thing.” 


Everyone is invited to join the artist at the official opening of PERFORMANCE by Gold Coast City Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST on Saturday 10 December 2016.


At 2pm DST on Sunday 19 February 201, all are welcome to attend a Q&A session between the artist and Dr Laini Burton, Lecturer, Design, Head of Studio Art and Honours, Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast on topics including the artist’s life, female representation, self and identity.


Abbey McCulloch is represented by This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne and Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.


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