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Margaret's House
Margaret Olley I Nicholas Harding I Pam Tippett I Adam Pyett
Wednesday 28 October 2020 to Sunday 25 April 2021
Margaret Olley Art Centre

Margaret’s House includes some of the finest examples of Olley’s still lifes and interiors, from public and private collections, alongside new work by three contemporary Australian painters.

Nicholas Harding, Pam Tippett and Adam Pyett were invited to explore the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio, and made new work in response to its intriguing interiors and the incredible collection of objects that Olley collected as subject matter for her paintings.

This intersection of Olley’s home studio, her paintings and the contemporary responses, presents a renewed context for Olley’s practice and the genre of still life painting in Australia today.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Nicholas Harding
The poppy rider 2020
oil on linen, 152 × 168cm
Collection of the artist, courtesy Philip Bacon Galleries.
© The artist


Gabriela Soelkner
Friday 13 November 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

“Thirty-eight years of exploring the caldera of an extinct, ancient shield volcano that erupted twenty-three million years ago.

Thousands of opportunities to gather information. Hundreds of memorable and inspiring details collected on every walk through the bush and rainforest , along many creek beds, touching countless textured, weathered rock surfaces on every mountain climb. Seeing eroded faces in profile on giant rock formations and headlands. Contemplating what fossils could be suspended in the compressed
mud, silt and sediment lines of extraordinary shape and colour.

Often beginning with clear candle and white oil sticks to create a barely visible layer of first impressions, I then draw with earth coloured pencils dipped in black and sepia ink, using soft and hard charcoal for sharp and smudged lines. Powdering the surface with loose graphite and ground pigments of lamp black, caput mortuum, cassel earth and titanium grey. Painting with opaque copper, iridescent nickel, flat black and white gesso. Scraping, scarring and scratching back the layers exposing earlier hidden marks as the process opens a cache of collected memories and stories.

While reflecting on the permanency of a rock face and the temporary nature of human life, I have combined my interests in anthropology, archaeology and geology into an exhibition of work revealing my relationship stories about the land and the people that have created intimacy in my life and art practice.”

Gabriela Soelkner

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Gabriela Soelkner
gesso, ink, charcoal, oilstick on 300 gsm paper, 70 × 100cm
Image courtesy the artist


Mary Shelley – A Seditious Heart
Justin Ealand and Wendy Powitt
Friday 13 November 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021
Boyd Gallery

Photographer Justin Ealand and embroiderer and sculptor Wendy Powitt bring together an enchanting exhibition that highlights the difficulty of life when as individuals we are not completely in tune with our community's belief system of acceptable behaviour.

This exhibition will re-create three imaginary rooms from the house of Mary and Percy Shelley that foster radical ideas and communicate social difficulties to inspire audience contemplation on today’s society.

Mary and Percy Shelley were writers and poets of the early 19th century, with Mary writing the legendary gothic tale Frankenstein at the age of 18. Mary and Percy lived a radical, passionate and itinerant life in Europe, and were complex and interesting individuals.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.

Justin Ealand
Wahla as Mary Wollstonecraft 2019
giclee cotton rag print, 61 × 81cm
Image courtesy the artist


Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills
Kenny Pittock
Friday 27 November 2020 to Sunday 14 March 2021
Friends Gallery

This new exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Kenny Pittock focuses on ideas around being stuck in one place, and the ways in which we keep ourselves mentally active during the times we’re unable to be physically active. In previous years this meant finding ways to pass the time during our daily commuting, such as drawing on the train. More recently though this has branched out into our homes, in ways such as getting a sourdough starter, looking for missing puzzle pieces, and cutting our own fringe. If we can't get on an actual plane, at least we still have Aeroplane jelly!

With travel plans on hold, ideas around staying safe and happy are playfully explored through a large series of drawings and fun ceramic sculpture, in an optimistic exhibition that aims to bring some smiles to all who experience it. See it today before it melts away like an ice-cream!

This summer program for families is supported by The Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Kenny Pittock
Melted Bubble'O Bill 2020
acrylic on ceramic
26 x 3 x 25cm
Image courtesy the artist


Victoria Reichelt
Friday 4 December 2020 to Sunday 9 May 2021
Anthony Gallery

Gold Coast-based artist Victoria Reichelt has been practising art for over twenty years. Known for her stunning realist paintings, Reichelt documents endangered artefacts and transitional spaces, both technological and temporal. Featuring works spanning Reichelt’s career, Archive brings together works that explore contemporary detritus, from stacks of books and magazines and empty public libraries, to plastic cups and takeaway containers. The exhibition will also feature works from her latest series of balloon-constructed images, that Reichelt describes as ‘sarcastic landscapes’. Reichelt said, “if we’re not careful they may be the only landscapes we have.”

Victoria Reichelt studied Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, graduating in 2005 having completed her Doctor of Visual Arts. She was awarded the Sulman Prize (Art Gallery of New South Wales) in 2013, and is a recent finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2019, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2019 and Still: National Still Life Award 2, 2019. Her work has been exhibited at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. Her work is included in the collection of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Deakin University, Artbank, Tweed Regional Gallery and Gold Coast City Gallery. Reichelt was awarded a doctorate from Queensland College of Art in 2005.

Victoria Reichelt is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Victoria Reichelt
Australian landscape (trees) 2019
oil on linen, 91 × 130cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection.
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2019.


A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition
Friday 8 January 2021 to Sunday 28 February 2021
Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

The three-year national touring exhibition curated by Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian Art AGNSW, explores Arthur Boyd's lifetime of landscape paintings.

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul offers the first in depth look at the artist’s powerful early grasp of the landscape as a subject. Bookended by Boyd’s youthful paintings of the Mornington Peninsula in the 1930s and the final phase of his career depicting the Shoalhaven area in southern New South Wales in the mid-1970s, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul considers not only the topographic landscape, but also the landscape Boyd carried within himself.

As a friend of Boyd, guest curator Barry Pearce brings a unique insight to his curatorial role, allowing this exhibition to move beyond the traditional academic understanding of Boyd’s career and delve deeper into the rich personal landscape of the acclaimed Australian artist.

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Arthur Boyd
Shoalhaven as the River Styx c1996
oil on canvas
Boyd Family Collection

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