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Borrowed Landscapes - Marian Drew
Friday 23 August 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020
The Anthony Gallery

With a practice that spans more than thirty-five years, Marian Drew is one of Australia’s most influential and significant photo-media artists. Her artistic career is characterised by innovative photo-media explorations and her distinct use of painterly light and long exposure.

This new exhibition titled Borrowed Landscapes traces Drew’s practice through a selection of artworks from 1983 to 2018, using the landscape as its central theme.

Throughout her work, Drew acknowledges the pictorial relationships of landscape and history to cultural identity. Drew has said, “‘Landscape’ is often represented as something apart from ourselves and yet it is an idea we carry with us, culturally forming our relationship to the natural world.”

Marian Drew was born in Australia in 1960 and studied visual art at Canberra School of Art from 1980 to1984. Drew completed her postgraduate studies in Experimental Photography at Kassel University in Germany in 1985. She is currently Senior Lecturer, Photography Art Practice at the Queensland College of Art, a position she has held since 1986. Drew held over forty solo shows and numerous group shows in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, France, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Peru. Her work is held in collections including the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Murdoch University, and University of Queensland.

Marian Drew is represented by Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane; Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney; This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne; Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide; and Turner Gallery, Perth.

Marian Drew
Devonian Seas 2018
inkjet print, edition 10, 60 × 75cm
Image courtesy of the artist


Fresh: your collection
Friday 27 September 2019 to Sunday 21 June 2020
The Withey Gallery

Fresh: your collection showcases additions to the Tweed Regional Gallery collection from the past three years, featuring a diverse selection of artists’ prints, photography, painting and sculpture, many of which are on display in the Gallery for the first time.

The exhibition celebrates the continued growth of the Gallery’s collection. It recognises the generosity of donors, including artists, collectors and philanthropists. The assistance of the Gallery’s support organisations, the Friends and the Foundation, has also been critical to the growth of the collection to more than 1,000 artworks.

The exhibition features works by Australian artists, including Ben Quilty, Cressida Campbell, Guy Maestri, John Honeywill, Karla Dickens, Max Dupain, and William Robinson.

Guy Maestri
Wollumbin 2016, oil on linen
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2018
© The artist


Salient - Contemporary Artists at the Western Front
Friday 22 November 2019 to Sunday 16 February 2020
The Boyd Gallery

In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the First World War battlefields of the Western Front a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives. This exhibition brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of these sites in series of artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front is presented by New England Regional Art Museum and King Street Gallery.

Euan Macleod
Heaven and Hell 2017,
oil on polyester, 100 × 124cm
Image courtesy of the artist and King Street Gallery


Coastal Muse - Vicki Stavrou
Friday 22 November 2019 to Sunday 16 February 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

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Each time I work en plein air in the Northern Rivers coastal area I always think, “My god, what took me so long to get down here?”. Getting outside is good for the soul. Each moment is a treasure at these beautiful nature spots. Living with beautiful paintings that pay tribute to the natural world reminds me to slow down and reconnect with nature. When painting en plein air, I try to capture the feel, the mood and most importantly the quality of stillness, the particular light, the intensity of silence, and the strong tonal variations that comes from the Australian sun.

I am predominantly a fan of colour so most of my work focuses heavily on producing exciting colourscapes. If I feel excited about the colours, I hope others will too. And within the colourscape I produce shapes and gestures to express what I feel at the initial moment of laying down the colours – letting the painting unfold and take me on a journey.

Vicki Stavrou, 2019

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Vicki Stavrou
Brunswick Oyster Farms 2019
acrylic on canvas, 100 × 65 × 5cm
Image courtesy of the artist


Margaret Olley: Inspired
Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 19 July 2020
Margaret Olley Art Centre

Margaret Olley was inspired by her extraordinary home studio for nearly fifty years. It was an ecosystem of art and life. She painted its interiors in changing light, as well as still life subjects selected from the collections of ‘things’ that filled each and every room.

During her lifetime, Olley and her home studio also inspired other artists - they painted and photographed her portrait, as well as her home studio.

This remarkable space, in the form of the re-creation at the Margaret Olley Art Centre, continues to inspire artists who undertake residencies in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, includes interior and still life paintings by Olley, portraits of the artist and responses to her home studio by contemporary artists.

Margaret Olley (1923–2011)
Wildflowers and pears (detail) c.1973
oil on board, 65 x 76cm
Purchased through the bequest of Phoebe McNamara and the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund, 2019
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
© Margaret Olley Art Trust


For Country, for Nation - An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition
Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 9 February 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation highlights these stories and explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warriors’ discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

For Country, for Nation is thematic in structure. Within each theme are stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace.

A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943, 057894, Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial


Hiromi Tango - Healing Circle - Home
Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 15 March 2020
The Friends Gallery

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist dedicated to generating healing conversations through arts engagement. This exhibition of recent work includes Hiromi's meditative circle drawings, neon light sculptures and photographic works that document her performative practice. The recurring motif of the circle is employed as a universal symbol of healing, representing the cycle of life, regeneration, relationships and a total state of completion.

The Gallery is thrilled to be bringing these works home to the Tweed community as Hiromi Tango is one of our most successful regional artists, exhibiting nationally and internationally.

Hiromi Tango is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney.

Hiromi Tango
Bleached Genes (Mikan)
Open my vulnerability (detail), 2018
pigment print on paper and mirrored Perspex 174.5 x 124.5cm
ed of 3 +2 AP

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