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Margaret Olley: Inspired
Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 18 October 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


Double Vision: Euan Macleod and Ron McBurnie
Friday 20 March 2020 to Sunday 15 November 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


You are here: art of the region
Friday 26 June 2020 to Sunday 25 October 2020
Withey Gallery

You are here: art of the region is an exhibition comprised entirely of works in the Tweed Regional Gallery collection and highlights one of the Gallery’s four collection focus areas: artworks of regional relevance.

The exhibition explores artists’ different interpretations of the unique landscape and characteristics of the region, which extends from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales to South Eastern Queensland, as well as the work of artists living or working in our region.

Artists include Margaret Olley, William Robinson, Angus McDonald, James Guppy, Karla Dickens, Guy Maestri and Hiromi Tango.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Margaret Olley (b.1923, d.2011)
Low tide 1963
ink and watercolour on paper
Purchased through the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund, 2016.
Tweed Regional Gallery collection.


Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree - Sally Anderson
Friday 3 July 2020 to Sunday 29 November 2020
The Anthony Gallery

“To help my son sleep we put on white noise of a small river in Scotland and Llyn Gwynant waves in Wales. The toponomy of Lismore indicates it was named after Isle of Lismore which lies in Loch Linnhe, an arm of the sea, on the West Coast of Scotland. I was born in Lismore early 1990, an experience I hadn’t intimately considered until the birth of my son a couple of years ago. My son was conceived in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio at Tweed Regional Gallery. There’s a pair of hoop pines (aka Richmond River Pines) that dominate the side view from the residency verandah. I often use these trees, along with banksias, within my work to represent the Northern Rivers region, my transition to motherhood and European exploration/invasion of Australia.

The works in Arm of the Sea and the Fertile Tree use landscape metaphor rather than subject. Intimate personal experience and collective experience are translated into paintings, bedspreads, windows, still lifes and stages.”

Sally Anderson

Courtesy of Olsen Gallery in Sydney.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Sally Anderson
Bundjalung Boormans Birth Banksias and the Piano lesson with Laying Tweed Tree 2020
acrylic on polycotton, 274 × 168cm
Photo: Michelle Eabry


How Soon Is Now? - Bruce Reynolds
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 2020
The Boyd Gallery

How Soon Is Now celebrates a physicality that is frequently bypassed in our growing digital environment in a language of compressed space.

It alludes to how we arrived at this point from the archaic into a refreshed space of representation.

Its materials and processes bridge disciplinary categories and combine the physical with narrative and image with object so as to question the tableau of history.

Carving and casting subdued or colourless reliefs counter the two dimensional inlaid works that fit together linoleum from recent urban contexts in a language of pattern, colour and outmoded styles.

Together the cast works and lino panels invite consideration of the ancient in relation to the recent. My work has been described as playful, inventive and highly original."

Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds
Wedgewood Curiass 2018
cast HydraCal and pigment, 85 × 65 × 8cm
Image courtesy the artist


Just Not Australian
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Just Not Australian presents Australian practitioners at the forefront of national debate and practice. Drawing together 20 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, their differing ideas and perspectives on nationhood coexist within this timely thematic show. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time.

This exhibition was developed just prior to the official 250th anniversary celebrations for Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia. This is an opportunity to engage critically with this moment in Australia’s colonial history and to examine the meaning of ‘arrival’ as a continuum within this country that has seen ongoing immigration historically and contemporaneously.

Artists include Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Joan Ross, Tony Schwensen, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley and artistic duo Soda Jerk.

Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Installation view of ‘Tony Albert: Visible’ at the Queensland Art Gallery, 2019
featuring exotic OTHER 2009/2018
Photo: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA.
Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney | Singapore. Collection of Tom Snow,
courtesy of Annette Larkin Fine Art, Sydney.


Brunswick Sky - Cedar Jeffs
Friday 18 September 2020 to Sunday 8 November 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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