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Fibro Façade - Catherine O’Donnell
Friday 31 January 2020 to Sunday 28 June 2020
The Anthony Gallery

My art practice focuses on the urban landscape by representing the commonly overlooked dwellings of suburbia in an abstracted form. A current interest is fibro houses, which can be found all over Australia, but more locally for me in Western Sydney, where I grew up. This type of housing was used for housing estates in parts of the country; an exercise in idealistic social engineering that has now become a cultural signifier of lower socio-economic communities. In other areas of Australia, these humble structures were used as low-cost housing solutions in towns and on properties; some have come to represent the holidays, escapes from the routine of daily life.

Through my drawings, I aim to highlight the building’s function as a home, as well as its modernist form, in order to reveal it as simultaneously altruistic, beautiful, impractical and a refuge. In these structures, it is the uncomplicated geometric construction and simplicity of form that captures my imagination. I draw what I regard to be beautiful or interesting in order to highlight the power of the ordinary, commonplace architecture of the urban landscape. At first glance, these qualities may not be evident, as these developments are not always given the same value as other housing. But to me, these buildings are so much more that the physical embodiment of post-war utopian ideals and principles of European modernism. They have been, and still are, homes for many people.

Fibro Façade is a touring exhibition from MAY SPACE, Sydney.

Catherine O’Donnell
Urban perspective – large window 2017/18
charcoal on paper, 98.5 × 135.2cm
Image courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney


JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

With a career spanning almost three decades, leading South Australian glass blower Clare Belfrage has forged an international reputation for her finely detailed glass sculptures that marry organic blown forms with intricate line work.

Throughout her career, Belfrage has maintained a vibrant studio glass practice and is known for her distinctive artworks in which complex patterns of fine glass lines trace her forms. Inspired by the repetitious patterns found in nature and the woven lines of textiles, Belfrage is particularly drawn to the layered rhythms that mark growth, change and the passing of time in the natural world.

This solo exhibition showcases Belfrage’s innovation of the ‘stringer’ technique in which she painstakingly applies stretched glass rods known as ‘stringers’ to her glass. The resulting surface has an almost textile-like quality akin to those produced by knitting and weaving

JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

Clare Belfrage
A Measure of Time, collection of works, 2018
tallest height 530mm
Photo: Pippy Mount


Captive Companions - Anne Smerdon and Corinne Lewis
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
The Boyd Gallery

For decades, the intelligence of birds has been greatly underestimated and they have been thought of as ‘easy pets’. However, recent ornithological studies have shed light on just how intelligent birds actually are. Some species of birds even rival humans in certain aspects of intelligence and social skills. These findings challenge the way we as humans have been keeping pet birds in captivity and it provides insight into how we can become more supportive and ethical bird owners.

In an attempt to highlight this, artists and friends Corinne Lewis and Anne Smerdon, brought together over 30 highly trained free-flight birds of different species, to document their personalities and plumage.

For Anne, taking references from live birds that are free to fly and express themselves offers the rare opportunity to closely encounter and document the true personalities of each bird.

For Corinne, the focus rests on the intimate bond between highly trained ‘birds’ and their ‘dedicated humans’. Eschewing traditional portraiture, the females in Corinne’s paintings are anonymous.

Sumptuous garments emulate the vivid plumage of the birds they hold. The exotic bird denotes the feminine, the intuitive and the multi-hued resonance that is nature itself.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Anne Smerdon
Raikou (juvenile Blue-throated conure, Pyrrhura cruentata) 2019
oil on board, 30 × 20cm
Image courtesy the artist


Floral Appreciation - Judy Oakenfull
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

One of the best things about visiting the beach is the fabulous welcome you get from coastal banksias. I love their furry yellow flowers, silvery olive leaves and misshapen cones. I started painting these, and then other varieties, drawn to their earthy colours, geometric shapes, internal patterns and charismatic forms. Inspired by modernist and contemporary approaches to painting my work tends towards flatter compositions, imagined colour, solid forms and a combination of the representational and the abstract.

Flowers have often been thought of as symbols of the feminine and I have been considering what the increasing popularity of native flowers suggests about contemporary femininity. Margaret Preston painted them in the 1920s and ‘30s, when women were establishing a new found assertiveness. Not dainty and fragile like traditional flowers, banksias work equally well as a signifier for femininity in the current age of #metoo. They appear to have the toughness and resilience required of current times and changing climates.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Judy Oakenfull, 2019
An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program


Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 20 March 2020 to Sunday 16 August 2020
The Friends Gallery

In early 2020, artists Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie spent time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residency Studio. During their residency, the artists worked en plein air both on the Gallery grounds and across the surrounding region. The aim of this residency was to develop a body of work for an exhibition in the Friends Gallery in March 2020.

Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residency Studio
Courtesy Justin Ealand


The Border Art Prize
Friday 8 May 2020 to Sunday 5 July 2020
The Temporary Gallery and The Boyd Gallery

The Border Art Prize is a biennial exhibition that supports the endeavours of artists living and working in North Eastern New South Wales and South East Queensland. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter and attracts a wide variety of styles from both well established and emerging artists.

First prize – $3,000 funded by Tweed Shire Council

Second prize – $1,500 funded by the Friends of the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Third prize – $500 funded by the Friends of the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

The exhibition typically includes painting, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more and reflects the wealth and breadth of artistic endeavour in the region. The Border Art Prize is always a popular exhibition offering visitors the opportunity to purchase work produced by artists from our region.

Entries open early 2020.

The Border Art Prize 2020 is proudly supported by Tweed Shire Council and the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Trinity Leonard
Hannah 2018
oil on canvas
Winner, Border Art Prize, 2018
Image courtesy the artist


Brunswick Sky - Cedar Jeffs
Friday 8 May 2020 to Sunday 5 July 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Cedar Jeffs is an emerging artist currently studying at the Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby. Her practice encompasses a range of mediums, with a focus on oil painting and drawing. Jeffs’ interest lies in exploring the traditional genres of portraiture and landscape within a contemporary context. Her prolonged act of painting allows her to extend these initial impulses into hours of quiet reflection, with the resulting painting a documentation of her experience.

In this series Brunswick Sky Jeffs has featured Brunswick Heads beach as her subject. Living in this coastal area she is constantly inspired by the subtlety of colour and changes in light.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Cedar Jeffs
Afternoon Sky 2 2019
oil on canvas, 50 × 40cm
Image courtesy the artist

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