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11 May 2016
Exclusive performance by the legendary Terence Clarke AM

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

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

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.

27 April 2016
Bud Brannigan Architects recognised for Margaret Olley Art Centre
MOAC Architecture Awards media release
Murwillumbah’s Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) has celebrated another gong, with Bud Brannigan Architects receiving a Regional Commendation at the 2016 Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Architecture Awards.
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13 April 2016
Wanderlust exhibition tells tales of travel
Wendy Sharpe exhibition media release
The Southern Lights of Antarctica, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, a Cairo camel market and sight-seeing in Florence are just a few of the experiences portrayed in a new exhibition coming to Tweed Regional Gallery.
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7 April 2016
Creative fun for all ages these school holidays
Holiday activities media release
A range of activities and workshops are on offer at Tweed Regional Gallery these school holidays to keep the kids busy, including free family-friendly events.
11 March 2016
Tweed Regional Gallery hosts cultural conference

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah will host the Regional & Public Galleries NSW 2016 Conference next week, from 14 to 15 March.

The theme of the conference, Re/framing the Future, acknowledges the increasing need for regional galleries to be flexible in their approach, to adjust to shifting funding sources, technology advances and a revolution in modes of artistic expression.

The conference will include keynote addresses by three cultural leaders:

  • Michael Lynch CBE AM - Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre 2002-2009, among his many other key arts appointments in Australia and overseas, speaking on Arts funding in an age of disruption

  • Chris Saines CNZM - educator, curator and director  in Australian and New Zealand galleries for 30 years, speaking on Re/Framing oppositon to an art musuem development project

  • Marcus Westbury - inaugural CEO of the new Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne, speaking on Creation, connection, collaboration and consumption


The Re/framing the Future conference program format is short presentations by a range of cultural leaders, with each session finishing with a panel discussion.

The speaking lineup includes Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green and Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, exploring the topic The impact of Tweed Regional Gallery’s Margaret Olley Art Centre on the region’s visitor economy.

“The Tweed Regional Gallery is honoured to be the venue for this year’s conference and I think it is an indication of how highly this gallery is considered within our industry,” Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman, said.

“The biennial conference is a time for open dialogue and sharing successes, as well as celebrating, strengthening and evolving the regional and public gallery sector of NSW."

The 2016 Regional & Public Galleries of NSW conference is a partnership between Regional and Public Galleries of NSW, Museums & Galleries of NSW and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Media contacts: John Cheeseman, President RPGNSW on 0419 784 009

                            Susi Muddiman OAM, Director Tweed Regional Gallery on (02) 6670 2792 (ends)

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4 March 2016
The universal beauty of white noise

Angus McDonald is one of the most successful and accomplished artists living in the Northern Rivers region. 


Based in Lennox Head, McDonald is a highly respected artist of national repute. He was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship 20 years ago and since then he has exhibited throughout Australia and around the globe - from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan.  He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.


Gallery Director Susi Muddiman says, “The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s 30th solo exhibition titled white noise. This selection of works will provide visitors with just a glimpse of his extraordinary skill and experience. 


The term “white noise” refers to the background noises of our existence, the noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives. 


McDonald said: “The work explores moments of realisation and loss.  The two large figurative works on display in the exhibition were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio.  My partner Beata modelled for one of the major works.  For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s.  It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal.  It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.


 “I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home!  I’ve lived in this area for 15 years so exhibiting locally is pretty special; especially at an amazing gallery like the Tweed Regional Gallery.  If you placed the gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy.  It’s a world class facility.”


white noise will be on display from 4 March – 1 May 2016.


Official Opening:

You are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening by Susi Muddiman OAM, Gallery Director, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre tonight (Friday 4 March) at  6pm (for 6.30pm) DST


Image credits:

  1. Angus McDonald, Dove VI, 2016, oil on panel, 32 x 28cm

  2. Angus McDonald, Lessons of History, 2015, archival ink jet print on 310 gsm museum grade Canson cotton rag etching paper, 110 x 155cm

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4 March 2016
Uncommon Australians

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is very proud to present the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling.  The exhibition will be on display from 14 March to 1 May 2016.


Uncommon Australians pays tribute to the vision of the late Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC for a national portrait gallery dedicated to the men and women who have shaped Australia.


In the late 1980s, on the day that they decided to spend the rest of their lives together, Gordon and Marilyn Darling agreed to pursue a project: the creation of a place that would testify, through portraits, to the ingenuity, intelligence, inquisitiveness and perseverance of individuals who had made a lasting difference to Australia.


In the early 1990s they expressed their vision with an exhibition of portraits they called Uncommon Australians.  Over years, their combination of idealism, practical support and persuasive lobbying for an Australian National Portrait Gallery played a crucial part in bringing the institution into being. 


Now, the Gallery’s collection resides in a superb building, its spaces abounding with portraits the Darlings and subsequent benefactors have funded.  Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling reveals the Gallery’s Founding Patrons as uncommon Australians of the kind they set out to celebrate from the very beginning.


This exhibition showcases iconic portrait of Australians such as Mick Dodson, Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarkson (Sass & Bide), Johnny O’Keefe and Sir Donald Bradman, on display together for the first time outside of the Gallery in Canberra.


Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman said: “The works in the exhibition are some of the most iconic in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.  These portraits were integral to the development of the well-rounded, unique collection housed in Canberra today, depicting Australian men and women who have made a difference to the history and culture of this nation.”


Public Programs:


  • The official exhibition opening will take place tonight (Friday 4 March). All are warmly invited to join Exhibition Curator, Dr Sarah Engledow, who will present a preview floortalk at 5.15pm DST. This will be followed by the official opening by special guest, Marilyn Darling AC, Chair, Gordon Darling Foundation at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST.

  • On Sunday 17 April from 12 noon to 2pm, artist Marianne Galluzzo will assist visitors to create a simple yet striking printed portrait using household materials. Visitors are invited to join Marianne in the Gallery Foyer.


Image credits: 


Montalbetti+Campbell, Andy Thomas (detail), 2002, type C photograph on polyester-based paper. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002


Ivan Durrant, Johnny O’Keefe ‘A little bit louder now…’, 1999, synthetic polymer on board.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999


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3 March 2016
A world away from Byron Bay

To peregrinate is to wander from place to place, often in a meandering fashion.  The exhibition titled Peregrination, a meandering visual journey documenting 20 years of travel by local artist Rick Shearman will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah from 4 March – 1 May 2016.


After growing up in Byron Bay and completing a degree in Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Rick Shearman spent much of the last 20 years travelling and working around the world, freelancing on various projects as a creative director and delivering lectures as an educator at universities and conferences.


During this period he has lived and worked in Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany and Italy and spending time observing, assimilating and soaking up the world and cultures around him — all the while recording the visual stimuli he encountered in his visual diaries.


Crowded Italian piazzas, bustling Manhattan streets, overflowing Parisian metro cars all fascinate Shearman, as do every-day inanimate objects, like the silhouette of a water tank on the New York City skyline or an overflowing ashtray in a Seoul inn.


Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman said: “Rick’s detailed, delicate drawings, and accompanying text capture a sense of place while revealing his personal observations and feelings about the unfolding scenes around him.”


Shearman said: “In a foreign city… I’ll tuck myself away in an unseen corner to observe, write and render the goings on around me.  These visual journals document the people, objects and peculiarities that caught my eye, and perhaps distracted me from longings to return home to my beloved Northern Rivers.  While still frequently travelling the world, I am extremely blessed to call Byron Bay home once again.”


This fascinating exhibition includes a selection of visual journals documenting the artist’s travels and reflections, exhibited alongside a series of larger drawings and prints derived from these journals.


Public Programs:

  • You are warmly invited to attend the official opening at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST tonight (Friday 4 March) by Harley Graham, Architect.

  • On Sunday 20 March from 1- 3pm, visitors can view the artist at work.  All are welcome to visit the Gallery and engage with the artist as he works on a collage in the Gallery Foyer.  Visitors will gain an insight into his creative process.

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