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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

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

Last Updated: 16 February 2018