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A Shared Obsession: Margaret Olley & Fred Jessup
Friday 28 June 2019 to Sunday 17 November 2019
Margaret Olley Art Centre

A Shared Obsession explores the connection in art and life between Margaret Olley and Fred Jessup, two Australian artists who enjoyed a lifelong friendship and a shared obsession for still life painting.

They each dedicated their lives to painting — in particular to exploring the artistic possibilities of everyday objects composed and rearranged within the immediate surrounds of their own extraordinary home studios.

For the first time, examples of their paintings from across their enduring careers will be exhibited together and alongside photographic suites by Greg Weight of their remarkable creative living spaces — Olley’s in Sydney, Australia and Jessup’s in Espondeilhan, southern France.

MARGARET OLLEY (1923–2011)
Evening still life with Turkish pot 1982
oil on board
75 x 120 cm
Collection of Max and Nola Tegel
©Margaret Olley Art Trust


Eternally Ephemeral: Kate Rohde
Friday 19 July 2019 to Sunday 1 December 2019
The Friends Gallery

Melbourne-based artist Kate Rohde was the Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence in September 2018.

During my residency I was particularly interested in two aspects of the region and of the Gallery itself: one being the dramatic landscape of the Northern Rivers region, and the second the maximal re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio in the Gallery.

The vista from the studio looks directly to the dramatic peak of Wollumbin/Mt Warning and imagining the dramatic geological history of the area is fascinating to me. I loved to watch the sunset over the mountain and the changing weather. As a keen stargazer it was a great pleasure to spot the visible planets and observe their nightly transit across the sky.

The other fascination was looking through the Margaret Olley home studio re-creation, exploring the detail of the vast accretions of ephemera built up over decades. The layering of items brought to mind some kind of archaeological site.

My exhibition seeks to capture these two elements – to reconcile the seemingly timeless story and slow evolution of the landscape with the layering of a personal history. Combining my interest in decorative arts, in particular vessels, textiles and wallpaper prints, I will create an immersive installation that distils my residency experience.

Kate Rohde, 2019

Kate Rohde in her studio
Photo: Tobias Titz


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


Friday 6 September 2019 to Sunday 17 November 2019
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

There's so many kinds of love.

Romantic love, true love, enduring, affectionate, altruistic, selfless, platonic, erotic, obsessive and manic love. There’s the agony of unrequited love and love lost. The memory of your first love, and the grief associated with those we’ve loved who are no longer with us. There’s love for the land and our sense of place in it, and there’s the special bonds of parental love. There’s even love online. Is love only a matter of the heart, or the brain – or is it a cliché?

Where would we be without love? It’s no wonder they say that love makes the world go round! Artists, writers and musicians have referenced love in their work for centuries. Just think about all the images, words and lyrics about love we all know and have responded to.

The Love exhibition is an exploration of love in its multiple forms. Sourcing works by contemporary artists, Love is all around. You’ll feel it in your fingers, and you’ll feel it in your toes. Put your heart on your sleeve, and just go with it.

Sophia Hewson
Artist kisses subject 2014
oil on board
48 x 62.5 cm
Private collection


Olley Land - Christine Druitt-Preston
Friday 27 September 2019 to Sunday 17 November 2019
The Boyd Gallery

The works shown in this exhibition are informed by drawings of the Margaret Olley home studio re-creation made during my residency in the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio, March 2018. Unlike the ordered compositions of Margaret Olley’s paintings, these artworks respond to the unedited, multi-layered, cluttered and visually fascinating rooms that were Margaret Olley’s home and studio in Duxford Street, Paddington. The dynamic contrasts made possible in the lino block prints that form the core of this exhibition, coupled with the ambiguity created by combining mediums to make collages, provides a new lens through which to experience the known. The installation of vertical tulle panels have been appliqued with hand stitched lino print motifs found within the re-creation.

This exhibition, being largely made on my dining room table, serves as an acknowledgement of Margaret Olley’s practice and her place within a historical lineage of women artists and artisans whose artworks were in response to domestic interior spaces that often served as their studios.

The source sketchbooks are also on display in the exhibition.

Christine Druitt-Preston, 2019

Christine Druitt-Preston
Olley Land – Not an ordinary kitchen 2018/19
Brenda Tye lino block print,
ed.5, 40 × 123cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Document Photography


Myself – At My Favourite Place - Les Peterkin Portrait Prize for Children
Friday 27 September 2019 to Sunday 17 November 2019
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

In 2019, local primary school students were invited to create a self-portrait featuring themselves at their favourite place. Asked to choose a setting or situation that captures their interests and conveys something about their life and personality, these young artists have used a variety of media to create imaginative and meaningful portraits.

Ranging from the delightful paintings of kindergarten students to detailed illustrations by children in upper primary classes. Myself – At My Favourite Place will display 40 framed prize-winning works on the wall and another 200 outstanding works in display folders. This increasingly popular prize is named after artist and art teacher Mr Les Peterkin and is a celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students, providing a glimpse into how young people see the world around them.

Zac Dascoli
Donkey Kong 2018
Centaur Public School, 2018 Winner, 5–7 years
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

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