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Ryan Presley
Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 3 August 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018
The Friends Gallery

Brisbane-based artist Ryan Presley spent one month working in the Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Studio to create new work for his solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery.

I am interested in customs and edifices associated with religion, economics, and conquest that are evident in many facets of our everyday lives. During my residency I wanted to learn more about the rise of the sugar cane industry that is a prominent part of the landscape and beautiful landscape vistas around Wollumbin.

Over the past few years I have sought to highlight the deeply embedded links between religion, economics, and power that have existed for centuries in colonial, and later postcolonial, societies of the ‘West’. I then focus on how these connections have manifested in Australian society, highlighting how they have negatively affected the lives of Aboriginal Australians.

As I was not familiar with the Northern Rivers region, I was keen to learn more about the colonial histories there to better understand the dispossession scenarios that took place in the area.

I have been using the vehicle of icon painting for its beauty and familiarity. I thought of their usage – to convert illiterates by using simple but elegantly rendered dramatic imagery – to be a particularly effective strategy of the church. For this show, I will continue to explore this form.

Ryan Presley, 2018

Ryan Presley
Photo by Alethea Beetson
Three Decades: celebrating the Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Friday 24 August 2018 to Sunday 30 June 2019
The Withey Gallery; Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

2018 marks the Gallery’s 30th anniversary. To honour this milestone, I have curated an exhibition from the collection which celebrates its development since 1988 and surveys the four focus areas that inform acquisitions.

Like many regional galleries, the gifting of artworks is a crucial element in the development of permanent collections. The support of private donors and artists has generously afforded the Gallery the opportunity to build a collection, of which visitors can enjoy and be proud.

This exhibition includes significant works of art that acknowledge the Gallery’s reputation in the arts sector and recognise the talent of artists living and working in our region. The exhibition also embraces our enviable geography, shares artists’ ideas and raises some issues that deserve to be raised – all of which bode well for the next thirty years.

Through the collection, Three Decades celebrates the realisation of an art gallery for the Tweed and the remarkable achievements of the many people who transformed a dream into reality. The exhibition celebrates a vibrant future ahead for the Gallery and our programs, and the continued, exciting development of your collection.

Susi Muddiman OAM
Gallery Director

Kenneth Macqueen (1897-1960)
Mount Warning and the Tweed River c.1930s
watercolour on paper, 32 × 40cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2017.
© Reven Macqueen

Going to a Fancy Dress Party
Les Peterkin Portrait Prize
Friday 28 September 2018 to Sunday 2 December 2018
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Children throughout the ages have enjoyed dressing up in costumes and engaging in dramatic roleplaying. Whether they are pretending to be a dragon, a fairy, a doctor or a super hero, dressing up allows children time to be whoever they want to be. In 2018, local primary school students were asked to let their imaginations run wild by creating a portrait of themselves in fancy dress costume. Asked to consider the theme, costume, pose, and expressions on their face,
these young artists have used a variety of media to create imaginative and vibrant portraits.

Ranging from the delightful paintings of kindergarten students to detailed illustrations by children in upper primary classes, Going to a Fancy Dress Party will display 40 framed prizewinning works on the wall and another 200 outstanding works in display folders. This increasingly popular prize is named after artist and art teacher Mr Les Peterkin and is a celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students, giving a glimpse into how young people see the world.

The Les Peterkin Portrait Prize (LPPP) is a collaborative project of Tyalgum Public School and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, co-ordinated by artist and teacher, Marianne Galluzzo. The LPPP is generously sponsored by the Tyalgum P&C Association, the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., School Arts Supplies, Derivan, Bunnings and Office Max.

Tahmina Barikzai
The day my tooth fell out
Byron Community Primary School
First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2017

Graeme Drendel
Friday 28 September 2018 to Sunday 10 March 2019
The Boyd Gallery

My regime in the studio is just to paint, and rarely do I think in terms of an overall theme for a body of work. However, the work produced over a period of time seems to somehow have a sense of connectedness in spite of there having been no great need for this to be the case. It does stand to reason that as the canvases accumulate in the studio that they do in themselves influence one another and this of course does encourage a sense of dialogue from one painting to another.

I view the small works on paper in this exhibition as virtual short stories, featuring characters and objects that could possibly feature at some stage in a multi figure composition. Both the larger canvases and the small studies, I think, hone in on physically and psychologically isolated characters where communication, or lack thereof, is exposed as something with which many of us can identify.

Graeme Drendel, 2018

Graeme Drendel is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney, and Beaver Galleries, Canberra.

Graeme Drendel
The Piper 2014
oil on canvas, 122 × 92cm
© The artist

Borrowed Time
Laith McGregor
Friday 5 October 2018 to Sunday 2 December 2018
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Curated by Hamish Sawyer

For Laith McGregor, time is both a subject matter for his work, as well being a tangible measure of the artist’s labour. McGregor is best known for his labour-intensive, biro portraits, however in recent years his practice has expanded to include sculpture, video and print-making, and a range of subject matter. Borrowed Time brings together new and recent works by McGregor across a variety of media, focusing on ideas of time and labour.

Laith McGregor was born in Nambour, Queensland in 1977 and currently lives and works between Byron Bay, Australia and Bali, Indonesia. He completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Cooloola Institute of TAFE in 1999 before continuing his studies in Brisbane and Melbourne, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2007.

McGregor has exhibited throughout Australia & overseas including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane; The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne; and City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand.

Laith McGregor is represented by Starkwhite, Auckland and Station Gallery, Melbourne

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Laith McGregor
This Old Night 2017
pencil on paper, 211.5 × 17cm

Courtesy the artist, Station Gallery, Melbourne and Starkwhite, Auckland

Australia’s mangroves: living on the edge
Deirdre Bean
Friday 12 October 2018 to Sunday 17 March 2019
The Anthony Gallery

I developed a fascination for mangroves as a child when I swam amongst them in the Myall River, NSW. On learning more of their ecological importance and vulnerability, I undertook a self-funded project to document these unique plants.

A mangrove is a plant that thrives in the intertidal zone. They play an essential role in our tropical and subtropical coastal ecosystems as the breeding grounds for fish and crustaceans. Described as the lungs of the sea, mangroves form a protective buffer between ocean and land against runoff, storm surges and cyclones. Recent scientific research confirms that mangroves are vulnerable to increasing temperature in seawater and rising sea level, and so face a problematic future.

I studied 34 of Australia’s 47 species over a seven-year period. Each species was located in the field, collected, and painted from life. I encountered many hazards: torrential rain, mosquitoes, ants, heat, mud, dehydration and, of course, crocodiles. My equipment included my camera, water, insect repellant, collecting bag, and phone - with variable coverage. Once my specimens were secured, many hours were spent in the studio developing a botanically accurate watercolour painting, the results of which are featured in this exhibition.

Deirdre Bean, 2018

Deirdre Bean is represented by Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane, and Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney.

Deirdre Bean
Sonneratia caseolaris 2015
watercolour and graphite on Arches 300 gsm hot pressed paper, 48 × 40cm

© The artist

Margaret Olley: from the collection
Friday 19 October 2018 to Sunday 16 June 2019
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

This exhibition showcases the Tweed Regional Gallery’s outstanding collection of artworks by Margaret Olley as well as artworks relating to Olley such as portraits of the artist and responses to her famous Duxford Street home studio. Margaret Olley: from the collection includes paintings and works on paper from across Olley’s enduring career including a still life painted when she was just 15 years of age, and a magnificent view of Sydney Harbour painted in 2009/11 – the final years of her life.

The development of the Gallery’s collection is reliant on the generous support of donors. This exhibition will include recent gifts to the collection such as Danelle Bergstrom’s Conversation with Margaret Olley 2003 (Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, pending), Robert Barnes’ Portrait of the artist, Margaret Olley 1999 (Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. with funds contributed by the Gallery Donations Fund, 2017), Margaret Olley’s Sydney Harbour from The Rocks 2009/11 (Gift of Andrew Greig through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, pending), and Early morning 1997 (Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2018)

Don’t miss this extraordinary collection of works celebrating the life and work of Margaret Olley – Australia’s most renowned painter of still life.

Margaret Olley (1923-2011)
Early morning 1997
oil on board, 61 × 92cm

Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2018

© Margaret Olley Art Trust

Last Updated: 16 February 2018