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Go figure - Works from the collection
Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 21 October 2018
The Withey Family Gallery

Go figure presents a selection of works from the Gallery’s collection that showcase dynamic representations of the human figure.

This exhibition is inspired by a group of spectacular works in bronze by the renowned sculptor Rayner Hoff and his students Marjorie Fletcher and Barbara Tribe, on loan to the Gallery from the private collection of a member of Marjorie Fletcher’s family. These sculptures form the physical and conceptual centrepiece of a diverse display of works from the Gallery’s collection.

One of the primary focus areas of the Gallery’s collection is Australian portraits, and our holdings include a wide range of figurative works that include representations of the proud solitary figure, the classic bust of head and shoulders, the dynamic interaction of a figurative group, and contemporary interpretations of the body.

Artists featured include: Ella Dreyfus, Stephen Dupont, Marjorie Fletcher, Robert Hannaford, Rayner Hoff, Petrina Hicks, Angus McDonald, Rod McNicol, Daniel Moynihan, Monica Rohan, Jenny Sages, Barbara Tribe and Greg Weight.

The Gallery thanks the family of Marjorie Fletcher for their generous loan of works to this exhibition.

Angus McDonald
Pieta 2016
oil on canvas
200 × 225.5cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2016
Tweed Regional Gallery collection

Fiona Lowry - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 16 March 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018
The Friends Gallery

In 2017 Sydney-based artist Fiona Lowry worked in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery in 2018.

Of her time in the region Lowry said, “Initially what was interesting about doing a residency in Murwillumbah was the opportunity to revisit a landscape that I spent some time growing up in.

My work often explores my own memories of place but also the history of place and this was a unique opportunity to immerse myself in my own history and to understand the history of this landscape.

I spent some time visiting the places that had held potent memories for me and started to think about the ties that bind you to a place; and how the history of a place is intrinsic to our own experience, even though it may be unspoken or unacknowledged.

I ended up spending time at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Tweed Heads where you can stand amongst the mangroves near Minjungbal Aboriginal nature walk. From there you can look out to Ukerebagh Island, an Aboriginal heritage site where Australia’s first Aboriginal politician, Neville Bonner was born in 1922 whilst it was used as a reserve for Aboriginal people. Further around from the mangroves is a Bora ring, a sacred ceremonial site used traditionally until 1910. This potent bit of the Australian landscape is surrounded by encroaching highways and supermarkets but its historical revelations are transformative.”

Fiona Lowry, September 2017

Artwork in progress in Fiona Lowry’s Sydney studio
Fiona Lowry is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane) and Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney).

A painter’s house
Saturday 31 March 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

Margaret Olley’s Duxford Street home studio was filled with objects and things she collected and re-arranged as subject matter for her paintings for nearly 50 years. The re-creation of Olley’s home studio remains an evocative legacy of her life and work, revealing much to us of her processes for painting. Olley described her Duxford Street home as a studio first and foremost – a painter’s house.

To continue the vitality of the inspirational force of Olley’s house, the Tweed Regional Gallery invited four contemporary painters to explore objects and things within the home studio re-creation. Spending time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio each artist has responded to the re-creation from the perspective of their own practice.

Responses by painters Monica Rohan (Brisbane), Guy Maestri (Sydney), John Honeywill (Brisbane) and Lewis Miller (Melbourne) will be exhibited alongside paintings by Margaret Olley. The exhibition will also include loans from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the University of Queensland Art Museum and private collections, as well as works from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection.

To complement this exhibition the Gallery will present an engaging program of activities and events. For details visit the Gallery website in 2018.

Margaret Olley
Bedroom still life 1997
oil on board
61 × 91cm
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection
© Margaret Olley Estate

Curtain Call - Andrew Antoniou
Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 7 October 2018
The Anthony Gallery

Curtain Call relates to my immersion into the world of theatre, particularly that of the Absurdist movement. In this confined and constructed space we are allowed to focus on the drama of the human condition that is illuminated by un-natural light and given force by plot and characterisation. The genre of Absurdist Theatre has an open language that is able to utilise symbolism, metaphor, satire and conventional narrative in any combination, lending the imagery of the dramatic form a richness and diversity. Meaning is often cloaked in its complexity.

Within the work there are a series of recurring themes that are given differing contexts and spaces of a theatrical nature within which to exist. These themes are often around the concepts of time, mortality, love, ritual, conflict, and notions of magic and transformation. I see and express these concepts through figuration (cast), spatial composition (stage set) and narrative flow (script). I work with the idea of a ‘cast of characters’ and develop their roles in successive pieces to enable the viewer to see the possibilities of this approach in the telling of a story.”

Andrew Antoniou, September 2017

Andrew Antoniou is represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney.

Andrew Antoniou
Let’s Dance 2016
charcoal on paper
100 × 124 cm

Australian exotica
An MGA travelling exhibition
Friday 20 July 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018
The Boyd Gallery

Australian exotica draws on Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs and showcases a range of photographic work that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes.

Ever since the fifteenth century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertows, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.

Artists include Brook Andrew, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Bumbarra Thompson.

Australia exotica is an MGA travelling exhibition

Peter Dombrovskis
Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range, south-west Tasmania 1988
pigment ink-jet print, 74.5 × 94.2cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection, courtesy of the estate of Peter Dombrovskis

Alison Allcock
Friday 20 July 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Inspired by the view from the Gallery’s windows, this project focuses on the tension between culture and nature, forestry, mining and agriculture. It considers changes that have taken place in the landscape over the last two centuries and the conundrum that human society welcomes the benefits of ‘development’ while opposing, sometimes bitterly, the impact of extractive industries on our environment and biodiversity.

As the local supply of timber and rock is slowly exhausted, we have turned to manufactured alternatives such as plywood and plastic and human activity can be considered as a geological force; its key feature being the distribution of plastics in our oceans and soils.

Humans are one of earth’s least endangered species, not reliant on their immediate environment for food, shelter or physical needs. However, we live in a time of mass extinctions, pollution and climate change. We can no longer survive without modifying our surroundings, even though human impact may leave us caught in a trap of our own making.

Incorporating elements of sculpture and performance, this exhibition offers a subversive, serious and humorous view of these.

Alison Allcock
March, 2018

Alison Allcock
Suspense, performance developed 2017
hand woven net, dimensions variable

Photo: Chris Knowles. © The artist

Last Updated: 16 February 2018