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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

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

Dis/closures - Sienna van Rossum
Friday 22 February 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Sienna van Rossum’s paintings explore the eye and its complex navigations across spaces and surfaces. For van Rossum, seeing is not absolutely transparent but rather embodies a strange uncertainty that she ironically evokes through the familiar. Worn and loved objects from her home are intimately rendered with a combination of meticulous realism and effacing abstraction. In these observations of the overlooked, ‘unimportant’ things in life, van Rossum asks the viewer to reflect upon her imagery’s intelligibility and ambiguity, proximity and distance, absence and presence.

Born in 1995 in Murwillumbah, Sienna van Rossum is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Since completing her Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), she has relocated back to the Tweed Valley to continue her art research and practice on the condition of the image. Dis/closures is Sienna van Rossum’s first solo exhibition.

Sienna van Rossum
Untitled #4 2017
33 × 22cm, oil on wood
© The artist

Self-made: zines and artist books
Friday 1 March 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Delve into do-it-yourself culture – from limited run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines, explore the evolution and diversity of these radical publishing alternatives.

Celebrate the power of self-publishing to communicate directly with readers, create community and support counter-culture movements. Self-publishing empowers makers of all abilities and backgrounds to become creative producers, challenge dominant models, and make work that anyone can appreciate and collect.

State Library Victoria has one of the finest collections of artist books and zines in Australia and Self-made showcases original rare objects from the collection, as well as a selection of contemporary zines and artist books. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, groundbreaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications and artist books designed to circumvent commercial gallery systems.

The exhibition features works by leading international artists including: Swiss German artist, Dieter Roth; Pop Art influenced American artist, Ed Ruscha; pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and renowned Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Jacks; alongside works by contemporary artists and zine-makers.

More than 170 works will be on display, including a dedicated reading lounge, revealing the breadth and beauty of artist books and zines.

Self-made: zines and artist books is presented by State Library Victoria in partnership with Sticky Institute, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

This exhibition will tour to seven national venues throughout 2018 and 2019.

See for details.

Dominic Forde
Ramps, pools, ponds and pipes, 1975–1985, Melbourne, self-published, 2015
Photograph of Stacey Peralta courtesy of the Peninsula Surf Shop, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria
Maria Kontis - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 8 March 2019 to Sunday 14 July 2019
The Friends Gallery

Melbourne-based artist Maria Kontis spent one month working in the Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Studio undertaking research and concept development for her solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery.

"During my residency at the Nancy Fairfax Studio I immersed myself in the history, society and culture of Murwillumbah and its surrounding communities. It was my hope to develop a material, affective and drawn response to life in the area. Initially I focused on the photographs of the community. I spent many hours looking at thousands of photographs in the Tweed Regional Museum Collection Store. But I wanted to do more than look at photographs. I wanted to draw the ‘photo-graph’ of the community across multiple planes and from multiple viewpoints. I gathered information and ideas from local newspapers and various books and newsletters published by the Tweed Regional Museum, the Tweed Shire Council and the Historical Societies of Murwillumbah, Uki and Tweed Heads, attended council meetings, met with local groups, visited exhibitions, observed ongoing life in the community, talked with people and listened to their stories. These encounters are vital to the development of my project. In a sense, they are my project."

Maria Kontis

Maria Kontis is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Maria Kontis at work in her studio

Friday 15 March 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Boyd Gallery

Use is an exhibition of high-quality contemporary Australian jewellery and small objects, curated by Lisa Bryan-Brown. The exhibition is thematically focused on ‘tools’ and processes to explore the conceptual breadth and layers of meaning that operate within this premise for jewellery practitioners and metalsmiths. While contemporary practices are highly diverse in their forms and motivations, ‘tools’ are the common denominator that defines the field of creative practice that this exhibition celebrates.

Use is an initiative of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland (JMGQ) and showcases the work of 17 contemporary jewellers/metalsmiths drawn from the JMGQ membership, including emerging, mid-career and established Australian jewellery artists.

Selected artists: Helen Bird; Jac Dyson; Lois Hayes; Catherine Hunter; Alicia Lane; Catherine Large; Samuel Lintern; Andy Lowrie; Nellie Peoples; Clare Poppi; Kierra-Jay Power; Paola Raggo; Elizabeth Shaw; Katie Stormonth; Rebecca Ward; Helen Wyatt; and Xiaohui Yang.

Catherine Large
Group of Multichrome Shovels 2017
sterling silver with various materials, various sizes
Photographer: Michelle Bowden, Visuall

On a walk in the poet’s garden - Dean Home
Friday 22 March 2019 to Sunday 18 August 2019
The Anthony Gallery

When I let lie the male figure and remade myself some twenty years ago, I did so by diving into the genre of still life. The appeal of colours that I had never had on my brush was enormously exciting. That exuberance and theatricality is something I have always kept as a recognisable foundation to my art. Along the journey other doorways also appeared and opened, especially with my discovery of oriental ceramics. A key piece, among several, is a particularly beautifully formed bowl I bought at auction in Melbourne from the Chinese Kangxi period, which has on it classic domestic scenes. This grabbed my imagination and, as I worked more with it, led me to make work which reads both as landscape and still life, and therefore lets all sorts of ideas and perceptions develop on the canvas. In this show of current works, I invite people to see where some of these ‘genre-overlaps’, playing against my own pictorial iconography, has led me. I feel my journey to the orient, both real and on the poet’s page, has been very rewarding and has some distance to travel yet.

Dean Home, 2018

Dean Home is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, Gallery One, Queensland and Metro Gallery, Melbourne.

Dean Home
Quiet Deep Pool 2017
115 × 185cm, oil on canvas
© The artist
Private Collection

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