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The Supers
Craig Tuffin
Friday 5 November 2021 to Sunday 1 May 2022
The Anthony Gallery

“This series is one of short stories. Each image is a piece of the greater whole, one chapter in a larger novel that scrutinises human potential. It seeks to depict those often unremembered, monastic faces of humanity as heroic versions of themselves.

These fictional tableaux contain a common narrative that threads its way through the entire series. Yet it would be a mistake to think that each is an unfinished work when observed in isolation, or ambiguous without some contribution from the remaining images.

By juxtaposing elements of Flemish symbolism with a rich dose of Hollywood bluster, we might begin to recognise the meek profile of our neighbour, hidden quietly within the formidable guise of a hero. With eyes averted from the lens, they neither recognise themselves as a creature of significance nor the presence of an audience.

The tension between rather melancholic surroundings and the valiant protagonist is deliberate. I hope that by carefully staging each photograph, as many questions are elicited as answers. As always, context is rooted within one’s own history.”

Craig Tuffin

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Craig Tuffin
The Supers No.2 2020
archival pigment prints, 40" x 54"
Courtesy of the artist


At Home
Margaret Olley & Ben Quilty
Saturday 13 November 2021 to Sunday 20 February 2022
The Margaret Olley Art Centre

This exhibition tells the story of mentorship, art and friendship between Margaret Olley (1923–2011) and Ben Quilty (b.1973), two of Australia’s most celebrated artists.

At Home is a sublime collection of recent still life paintings by Ben Quilty alongside still lifes and interiors by Margaret Olley, from the latter half of her extraordinary career.

Our new, post-COVID world inadvertently offered a context for the making of work by Quilty that finds synergy with Olley’s dedication to painting still life. During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown Quilty turned to ordinary objects as subject matter for painting – something Olley did for many decades in her own Duxford Street home studio.

At Home brings their work together to reflect on the everyday as subject matter for painting and as a humble vehicle for the contemplation of humanity.

The Margaret Olley Estate is represented by Philip Bacon Galleries (Brisbane). Ben Quilty is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane) and Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne).

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Ben Quilty (b. 1973)
Multi Vitamins and Surface Spray 2020
oil on linen, 132 × 112 cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. 2021
© The artist


Softening the Eyes
Nadja Kabriel
Friday 3 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022
The Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Softening the Eyes is artist Nadja Kabriel’s response to her surroundings and her place in them. For the artist, the process of oil painting is almost entirely visceral; painting removes the veils that prevent us from seeing. The inspiration for these works comes when Kabriel sees, in a new light, the objects that she normally walks (or drives) past unnoticed. By painting them from this new perspective, she returns herself to reality.

“As humans we are always trying to make sense of our place and deal with the truth of our mortal position in the world, so by softening my eyes and turning my attention inwards, my primary objective is to return the viewer to reality, to the present, to something that will make us feel connected and at home.”

Nadja Kabriel

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative. An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Nadja Kabriel
Mint In Jar 2021
oil on board, 43 x 53cm
Courtesy of the artist


Beauty for Beauty's Sake
David Preston
Friday 3 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022
The Boyd Gallery

Uki-based artist David Preston is a self-described gypsy. His practice extends across painting, drawing and various forms of printmaking. In each of these media Preston reflects the interiors and landscapes of places he has lived in and travelled to over many decades.

Preston’s latest exhibition is comprised of new works created throughout 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated lockdown and its implications for an artist who works largely en plein air. Capturing thoughtfully arranged still lifes, views from his garden and scenes of quiet village life, Preston emphasises a beauty- first approach to artmaking. Preston said, “In this Neo Postmodern age, my hope is that beauty can once again be fashionable.”

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

David Preston
Lilies in the Looking Glass 2020
oil on linen, 92 x 76cm
Courtesy of the artist


Experimenta Life Forms:
International Triennial of Media Art
Friday 10 December 2021 to Sunday 30 January 2022
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are exploring notions of life, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and perhaps soon in our machines?

Experimenta Life Forms features a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 20 artworks by 26 leading Australian and international artists who are making a significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing notions of life, as we know it.

Curators: Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas
Associate Curator: Jessica Clark

Justine Emard
Soul Shift
video still
Courtesy of the artist

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