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 http://leonierhodes.com
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.
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.
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.
5 December 2016
‘The Ghost who walks’ seen in Murwillumbah
He was the world’s first masked superhero to feature in comics and continues to be the most popular in the genre despite, or possibly because of, his absence of super powers.
Now The Phantom comic book character has inspired an art show for the truly young at heart, a nostalgic, surprising and fun exhibition that celebrates the evolution of a unique heroic character over the past 80 years.
The Phantom Art Show is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 9 December 2016 to 26 February 2017, and proves that childhood obsessions can be hard to shake!
More than 40 artists have contributed their various interpretations of the ‘Ghost Who Walks’, through a variety of media and styles. Participating artists include Charles Blackman, Kevin Connor, Elisabeth Cummings, Reg Mombassa, Euan Macleod, Paul Ryan, Garry Shead and Greg Weight.
When Lee Falk created The Phantom in 1936 he was the first costumed ‘superhero’, followed soon after by Superman (1938) and Batman (1939). The same year that the ‘Ghost Who Walks’ first walked, Gone with the Wind was published, the Queen Mary set sail on her maiden voyage, German boxer Max Schmeling defeated African American Joe Louis, Hitler presided over the opening of the Berlin Olympics and the US was just beginning to emerge from the Great Depression.
According to exhibition co-curators Peter Kingston and Dietmar Lederwasch: “This exhibition is dedicated to the first two Phantom artists, Ray Moore and Wilson McCoy. Us Phantom artists grew up before the digital age, when comics were king: Superman, Batman, Nancy and Sluggo, The Little King, Captain Marvel … but none resonate like the Phantom. Youthful obsessions with him linger, taking root in impressionable consciousness and refusing to budge.”
In an essay written for the exhibition catalogue, Matthew Holle writes: “Why The Phantom? Why not Superman? Or Batman? Why does a comic book character created prior to World War II still resonate strongly with so many generations nearly 80 years later? Is the appeal just an antipodean anomaly or something more? Could any other fictional comic book character so easily attract so many artists to reinterpret his image in an exhibition?”
Everyone is invited to an official opening of the exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST on Saturday 10 December 2016. Join special guest The Phantom (and his true love Diana Palmer) for this celebration.
On Sunday 11 December at 11am DST, Curator and artist Peter Kingston will share his thoughts during a talk titled The Phantom – The Enigma of the Ghost Who Walks. All are welcome to join the discussion and play the giant Phantom Snakes and Ladders game.
As a special treat, the Gallery will host Phantom Fridays for Families from 10.30am – noon DST on 13 and 20 January 2017. Join a special kid’s tour through the exhibition. Use your superhero powers to investigate the artworks closely, flick through our comics and make Phantom-inspired art. Feel free to wear your superhero costume or play dress up with our Phantom suits!
29 November 2016
Gallery volunteers reflect on long service
Art facilities in the Tweed have come a long way during Allan Macnaughton, Helena Duckworth and Lyn Stewart’s long service to the arts community.
For almost 30 years, Allan has served on the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., while Helena and Lyn have been long-term contributors at the helm of Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.
During this time, the first Tweed regional gallery was established and then relocated to its current spectacular location. Then the creation of the Margaret Olley Art Centre further elevated the facility to become one of Australia’s leading regional galleries.
With the Gallery now regarded as a jewel of the Tweed, the three volunteers brought an end to an era by standing down from their roles when the groups held their respective annual general meetings recently.
Allan was a founding member of the Foundation, the retired Murwillumbah solicitor providing his expertise to help establish the Gallery in its first home - the former Proudfoot family home in Tumbulgum Road - in time for it to host the inaugural Doug Moran Portraiture Prize in 1988.
He was still a leading contributor to the Foundation when the Gallery relocated in 2004 to its current location, and in 2014 he took on the role of Vice President.
“There’s been a lot of hard work but it’s been a labour of love,” Allan said. “It’s been wonderful to be associated with the Gallery and watch it progress. It now has a great reputation and a wonderful collection.”
A prized portrait of Allan’s grandmother Katherine, by celebrated painter Tom Roberts, is nestled among that collection and helped spark Allan’s interest in the arts.
Helena has also been involved since 1988, as a founding member of the Friends.
“I joined the Friends because of my love of art and the fact that when I heard that a regional gallery was planned for Murwillumbah that I wanted to be a part of that,” she said.
“I was quite content volunteering on the desk at the old gallery and attending openings for many years. News that a new gallery was planned escalated my wishes to be more involved.”
So Helena joined the Management Committee in 2003 and has held the roles of Vice President and Secretary at different times since then, sometimes at the same time. She was also on the steering committee to plan the Margaret Olley Art Centre.
“At times we were exhausted after a big opening but we always kept happy spirits and light heartedness. We had lots of laughs,” she said.
While Lyn’s time with the Friends has been shorter, she has been their President for the past six years.
During that time, the Friends have donated more than $500,000 to the Gallery, generated by an array of fund-raising enterprises.
That included $100,000 for the creation of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is a highlight for Lyn during her time as President.
Lyn said she has very special memories of the lead-up events and the tremendous anticipation “for the day we would finally see Margaret's possessions placed lovingly in the wonderful Margaret Olley Art Centre”.
She said she treasured her time with the Friends, and the auctions, lunches, dinners, morning teas, meet-the-artist events and concerts that had the Gallery buzzing.
“It has been my absolute privilege to work with the wonderful committee members, Gallery staff, volunteers and guides who all support the Gallery with so much dedication and enthusiasm,” Lyn said.
14 November 2016
Art teachers go above and beyond to KickstART students' HSC
Student enrichment day media release
A new batch of Tweed HSC Visual Arts students gained added inspiration to kick off their course, when students and teachers gathered at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre recently.
7 November 2016
Local students work with acclaimed Indigenous photographer
A select group of local secondary school art students has enjoyed special insight into the creativity of award-winning Indigenous artist Michael Cook, during a Student Enrichment Day at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre recently.
Cook shared his knowledge and experiences with 19 enthusiastic students, selected from five high schools by their Visual Arts teachers.
The students received a guided tour of the Gallery’s current exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia, which is on loan from the National Gallery of Australia and includes artworks by 19 Indigenous artists, highlighting a variety of photographic and thematic approaches.
Cook then introduced his new exhibition, Mother, a powerful series of 13 photographs reflecting on the Stolen Generation and the personal story of the artist’s adoption at birth.
Tweed Regional Gallery’s Education & Audience Development Officer, Jodi Ferrari, said: “Michael jumped straight into the technicalities of his work – from concept development work to shooting multiple layers and piecing them together to create the sequence of images to his high standards.
“It became very apparent to the students that Michael does not simply take photographs - he creates images.
“Cook often works on large-scale projects involving teams of people and he shared some amazing stories about how he has made things happen in his career.
“It was really inspiring for the students, opening their eyes to the possibilities of collaboration and simply asking for what they needed for their art making.”
The workshop then got hands-on, as the students were set a task to plan a project from start to finish.
Year 10 Murwillumbah High School student Shahnti Leela said: “Michael Cook helped us understand his ideas behind making the photos.
“He explained how he came up with his ideas, and how he researched and made the images gave me a wider perspective on art and photography.”
Year 12 Murwillumbah High School student Jordan Morris-Grant said: “The presentation and workshop were interesting and useful; both in relation to our HSC studies and my concept and art ideas for my HSC body of work.”
Mother continues at Tweed Regional Gallery until 11 December 2016, with the generous support of
Hong Kong art collectors Alan Conder and Alan Pigott.
3 November 2016
Tweed Gallery etching a place as print making champion
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre has been held up as a champion of print making, at a time when the art form’s relevance and future is coming under the microscope.
Gallery Director Susi Muddiman was a speaker at last month’s Hungry Eyes Print Symposium at the Art Gallery NSW, which was held to explore what the future might holder for printmakers and their creations.
The symposium was told Australian museums and galleries feature some extraordinary and rich print collections. Prints had been seen as accessible, fresh and even radical.
However, some print study rooms are closing and prints were being integrated into mainstream collections as collectors and museums expanded their collections to include new media such as digital works.
Susi told the symposium the frequency of print exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery and its approach to telling stories – about the works, the printing method and the artist – were the keys to engaging audiences and fostering the art form.
She received enthusiastic applause when she declared that since 2012 the Gallery had hosted 22 exhibitions that were either exclusively prints or included prints.
She said the mystery of prints – the methods used to produce them – could be either the most exciting them about them or a barrier to audiences understanding and appreciating them.
But she said Australian audiences were generally keen to learn about those processes and were more likely to engage with a work if the artist’s ‘voice’ and their stories were incorporated into the exhibition.
“I still have so many people asking about how prints are made – and ultimately I think that is extremely healthy,” Susi said.
“The most compelling artefacts that have defined history have been made by artists … and ultimately I think the best galleries and museums tell stories.
“It’s a 21st Century approach to enliven social history by using the voice of the artist.”
She said printmakers had been particularly effective in capturing images that tell stories.
27 October 2016
Photography explores issues of stereotypes and life expectancy
Artist Michael Aird will shed light on his depiction of urban Aboriginal history and culture when he presents a talk at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre on Sunday 6 November, in conjunction with the exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia.
Aird and the Director of Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane, Michael Eather, will speak at the Gallery from 2pm (NSW time) to discuss the themes in Aird’s work.
Aird has worked as a photographer in the area of Aboriginal arts and cultural heritage since 1985, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Queensland. He has curated more than 25 exhibitions, published several academic articles and has been involved in numerous research projects.
He is interested in recording aspects of urban Aboriginal history and culture and capturing the vibrant and important stories of Aborigines and the challenges they face.
His photograph Thinking about life, currently featured in the exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia, highlights the shorter life expectancy for Aboriginal men.
In particular, he aims to create images in contrast to those in mainstream media, which he describes as focusing on the “demonisation of Aboriginal men as criminals, alcoholics and violent paedophiles”.
“Everybody has a story worth telling and I have selected people who I think are important and who have stories that are equally as important as the stories from the select few ‘elders’ and ‘leaders’ that are favoured by the government and the mainstream media,” he said.
Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia is a travelling exhibition by the National Gallery of Australia, bringing together diverse works by some of the most significant Indigenous photographers, multimedia artists during the past five years.
Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until 4 December 2016 and will travel to Australian venues over the coming 18 months as part of the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive touring program, sharing the National Collection with the wider Australian community. Entry to the exhibition is free.