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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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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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