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A life in art - Margaret Olley
Saturday 1 May 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021
Margaret Olley Art Centre

Drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, this exhibition brings together artwork from each decade of Margaret Olley’s extraordinary career.

On display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre for the first time, A life in art will include a series of monotypes Olley made in Europe during her first overseas trip in the early 1950s. They showcase her keen eye for detailed observation and her strong foundation in drawing.

From her early, lesser-known landscapes to her later, much-celebrated still lifes, this exhibition reveals the journey of her enduring career and dedication to a life in art.

Margaret Olley (1923 -2011)
Versailles gates 1952
monotype on watercolour on paper
42 x 53.5cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., 2020
© Margaret Olley Art Trust


Treasure Island
Darren Sylvester
Friday 14 May 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021
The Anthony Gallery

Darren Sylvester’s multi-disciplinary practice involves staged studio photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and music.

Each work is the result of a long, detailed process of research and planning, often involving a wide range of pop culture moments and artefacts. A hand-built set of props in studio are then photographed with large-format film, creating a hyper-real saturated effect that is direct and to the point, however with inherent levels of great detail and complexity. The works are designed to investigate the language between perceived high and low culture, the nature of authenticity, desirability and mortality.

For example, the work Stacey re-imagines a character from an unknown American science-fiction film, with the suit purchased by Sylvester at a Hollywood auction house. The only clue to the character was the name ‘Stacey’ inscribed inside, here the character and location is re-imagined and Stacey is brought back to life.

The title of the exhibition alludes to the Disney-fied trope of fortunes and mysteries in undiscovered spaces; a theme not dissimilar to the worlds created within Sylvester's images.

Darren Sylvester
Stacey 2018
240 × 320cm, lightjet print
Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Neon Parc, Melbourne


Shared Knowledge
Friday 30 July 2021 to Sunday 5 December 2021
The Friends Gallery

This exhibition showcases the work of eight teaching artists from the Byron School of Art (BS'A) in Mullumbimby: four BS'A Directors – Michael Cusack, James Guppy, Emma Walker and Christine Willcocks – and four long-course teachers – Chris Bennie, Michelle Dawson, Travis Paterson and Kat Shapiro Wood.

Each of these artists, while maintaining their own vibrant practice, teach emerging artists. This generous sharing of knowledge, skill and experience plays a vital role in the development and strength of the visual arts in the Northern Rivers region.

Alumni BS'A student Vicky Attenborough reflected on her three year course at the BS'A :

“What I valued most was the sense of freedom to follow my own direction, whilst being supported and encouraged by lecturers who are not only practicing artists but also great teachers. My time at BS'A had a positive and direct impact on my Honours project and, by extension, on my art practice. I have the greatest affection and admiration for all those who had the courage and dedication to start BS'A, and all those great students I have had the honour to work and exhibit alongside. I’m very proud to be a part of something so innovative and love being called a BS'A Alumni."

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

BS'A Directors and long-course teachers
Photo: Michelle Eabry

Making their mark:
Australian artist prints from the collection
Friday 3 September 2021 to Sunday 5 June 2022
The Withey Gallery

"When you consider what’s involved in the production of an original artist print, it’s genuinely fascinating. Look closely at any of these works and you can’t help but be impressed with the artists’ technical skills. Apart from the inherent draughtsmanship abilities required to realise their images, consider the engraving, the knowledge of the alchemy of chemicals, the expertise in engraving, and the precision in printing an edition of works.

There’s a physicality involved in printmaking too – the very idea of considering the size of the plate and printing an edition suggests an endurance and strength, often juxtaposed with the fragility of the paper the prints are transferred to. The artist’s judgement of the amount of ink required in creating those necessary tensions between positive and negative spaces in the resulting images is intriguing in itself. Too much or too little could ruin the work and transform the subtleties intrinsic to the artist’s message.

These artists have each made their mark on the landscape of Australian printmaking, and I am thrilled that so many fine works have made their way into the Gallery’s collection. This exhibition celebrates the astonishing and powerful medium of printmaking. Look closely at the marks, the scrapes and the scratches involved in these artists’ prints and discover and marvel in the beauty of the multiple.”

Susi Muddiman OAM
Gallery Director

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Michael Kempson
Presents with presence (detail) 2013
etching on paper, 66.5 x 50cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM, 2013
© The artist


Les Peterkin Portrait Prize for children
Friday 24 September 2021 to Sunday 28 November 2021
The Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

A ‘selfie’ typically refers to self-portrait photographs taken with the camera held at arm's length. As a contemporary form of self-expression, a ‘selfie’ can be the documentation of a passing experience and a way to tell the world about ourselves. In 2021, local primary school students were invited to create a self-portrait featuring themselves in the form of a ‘selfie’, capturing their personalities, interests, life and character.

Ranging from the delightful paintings of kindergarten students to detailed illustrations by children in upper primary classes, #Selfie will display 40 framed prize-winning works on the wall and another 200 outstanding works in display folders. This increasingly popular prize is named for artist and art teacher Mr Les Peterkin and is a celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students, giving a glimpse into how young people see themselves in today’s world.

The Les Peterkin Portrait Prize (LPPP) is a collaborative project of Tyalgum Public School and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, coordinated by artist and teacher, Marianne Galluzzo. The LPPP is generously sponsored by the Tyalgum P&C Association, the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., School Arts Supplies and Derivan.

2019 Les Peterkin Portrait Prize Finalist Dharylle Price (7 yrs old)
The Forest (detail) 2019


Entangled: Charlotte Haywood
Friday 24 September 2021 to Sunday 28 November 2021
The Boyd Gallery

Interview with Charlotte Haywood (777kb)

Charlotte Haywood lives regionally in Northern NSW on Bundjalung Country. She is an experimental interdisciplinary artist exploring themes and practices from pop to the primordial. She seeks cultural and linguistic nuances of the body and the landscape to decrypt and unfold multi-narratives. She creates works that thread disparate narratives of time, culture and place through the use of materiality, process, form and motif; from the botanical and historical to future nostalgia.

She looks to untie hierarchies in light of multiplicity; an act of decolonising the self.

Experimentally trading between the tactile and the digital, form and ephemera, she works across – textiles, sculpture, installation, experimental architecture, film, theatre, sound, linguistics, community and ecologies.

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

Charlotte Haywood
It’s Now or Never ... Caladenia audasii 2019
bras, underwear, slips, lingerie, nightwear, evening gowns, silk, satin, organza, steel rod, 200 × 125 × 56cm
Photographer: Kate Holmes
Courtesy of the artist


Ken Done: Up to 80
Saturday 25 September 2021 to Sunday 28 November 2021
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Ken Done has become one of Australia’s most renowned artists. His work has been described as ‘the most original style to come out of Australia’, and his paintings are in collections throughout the world. Done has held over 100 solo shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA.

His works have been shown in the Archibald, Sulman, Wynne, Blake and Dobell Prizes. In 1992, Done received the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Art, Design and Tourism. In many parts of the world, Ken Done has come to symbolise Australia and Australians – creative, optimistic and bold.

The Ken Done Gallery and Tweed Regional Gallery present a new and vivid exhibition of mostly unseen works. It represents many of the artist’s favourite and best-loved subjects – the beach, the reef and portraiture, as well as his own personal environment – his garden and cabin studio in Sydney. A selection of works from the new publication Ken Done: Art Design Life will also be shown.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative in partnership with the Ken Done Gallery.

Ken Done AM
Cadmium Orange Studio 2012
oil and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 122cm.
Courtesy of Ken Done Gallery
© The artist

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