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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 17 January 2021
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


LIFE, DEATH, innocence AND GUILT - Shannon Doyle
Friday 10 July 2020 to Sunday 13 September 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

“My intention is to explore the notions of innocence, guilt, life and death in relation to current events. By producing topical work about subjects such as climate change, the extinction crisis and coronavirus, I want to evoke an emotive response from the audience. My intention is to encourage the audience to emotionally invest in the work and therefore participate in a topical discussion about the work. I want to facilitate this discussion by creating work subtle in nature; subtle yet impactful to encourage self-reflection.

As a sense of urgency bubbles away under the surface, a wave of change breaks above; a result of informed people expressing beliefs and acting on those beliefs. It all starts with a discussion about change, that’s what these works are – ‘conversation starters’ – encouraging others to acknowledge the urgency to contribute to a cultural shift away from archaic beliefs and attitudes towards change.”

Shannon Doyle

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Shannon Doyle is represented by Lorraine Pilgrim, Queensland.

Shannon Doyle
Vanitas Plastica 2020
acrylic on canvas, 80 × 105cm
Image courtesy the artist


Surreal Nature - Dave Groom
Friday 10 July 2020 to Sunday 13 September 2020
The Boyd Gallery

“The title ‘Surreal Nature’ is a nod to an art genre I have always been fascinated by, but it also suggests that nature has a strong sense of the surreal. It can be dream-like and bizarre. Its shapes and forms and ways of evolving are incomprehensible to us at times.

Our traditional viewpoint of the landscape is one with a horizon line. We see the sky, mountains and valleys, trees and pastures, but the detail of nature is hidden from view. It's not until we imagine the viewpoint of a bird flying or an ant crawling that we realise nature can be seen in very different ways.

When I began work for this exhibition, there were no fires or floods or pandemics on the horizon. These events turned our world upside down. Nature’s surreal elements suggest now, more than ever, that maybe we need to look at our world from different perspectives.”

Dave Groom

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Dave Groom
Ghosts Beneath the Canopy 2020
oil on canvas, 90 × 120cm
Image courtesy the artist


John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
Friday 10 July 2020 to Sunday 13 September 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

'John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new' reunites works of art made across a 40-year period. The artist has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku (and English) his places of special cultural significance known as kunred, as well as the sacred places and spirits – or Djang – that resurface time and time again in his art-making. We also encounter the animals and spirit beings that populate these locations including female water spirits (yawkyawk), rainbow serpents (ngalyod) and mischievous mimih spirits.

The places around western Arnhem Land that recur in his work include spring-fed creeks such as Milmilngkan, sandstone escarpments including Ngandarrayo and the white clay quarries of the seasonal creek called Kudjarnngal. The materials used by Mawurndjul to make his art come from these places: the stringy bark eucalypt skins that form the body of his bark paintings; the white clay, yellow and red ochres mined from sacred deposits that become paint; and the manyilk, the paint brush sedge that makes the single strand brushes that the artist uses to make cross hatching or rarrk.

The Mardayin ceremony, comprising rituals of a sacred nature, and informing so much of Mawurndjul’s work, remains a timeless narrative thread that links the past to the present, and sheds light on Kuninjku future – embracing the old and the new.

This exhibition was developed and co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia, in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture.

Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

John Mawurndjul
Ngalyod 2012
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta)
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2015
© John Mawurndjul/Copyright Agency, 2020, photograph: Jessica Maurer.


Fragmented Cohesion - Annie Long
Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 5 September 2020
Brisbane Street Gallery

The ‘Wood Wide Web’ acknowledges the communal and communicative nature of plants and microbes within the structure of a forest. Our local native forests are dynamic and evolving communities where survival dramas are played out daily despite their interconnectivity being disrupted since colonisation. This has resulted in increased isolation and stress, making them vulnerable to changing climatic conditions such as drought and fires.

This body of work imagines the elements of a forest. Time spent in the forests of the Northern Rivers has allowed me to see how communities build resilience, adapting to the fragmentation of these ancient networks. While my art practice is centered around ceramic sculpture, painting and video allow me the freedom to explore other perspectives.

Annie Long

Annie Long
Antarctic Beeches 2019
stoneware with glaze, enamel and
lustre, 48 × 50 × 40cm
Image courtesy of artist


Gauge - Rae Saheli
Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 5 September 2020
Proudfoots Lane Gallery

Based on the ‘process movement’, Rae Saheli creates a body of work that represents both chaos or chance elements juxtaposed with her planning of intention or intervention. Saheli explores the intersection between random and controlled elements by shooting at the surface of the artwork with a shot gun, setting fire to materials and the manipulation of wax upon a surface.

'Gauge' explores the notion of variation and texture inspiring the viewer to reflect on the processes involved and the impact of that on the finished work. Further, Saheli’s intention for the viewer is to feel and respond to her work with the invitation to enjoy a sensory and sensual experience.

Rae Saheli
Layered 2019
12 gauge shot fired at encaustic
on board, 30 × 30cm
Image courtesy of artist

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