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The Gallery DownTown is the annexe of one of the State’s most recognised regional galleries, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRGMOAC).

An initiative of Tweed Shire Council, and housed within the creative hub of Murwillumbah’s vibrant M-Arts Precinct (external link) , Gallery DownTown aims to act as a driver of creative and economic development in the heart of Murwillumbah’s CBD.

Opening hours

The Gallery DownTown is open as follows.

  • Monday to Wednesday & Friday: 10am to 3pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Closed: Thursday & Sunday

Where to find Gallery DownTown

Just 1.5km from the Tweed Regional Gallery, the Gallery DownTown is located in Murwillumbah's CBD on the first floor of the M-Arts Precinct (corner of Brisbane Street and Proudfoots Lane - view in Google Maps (external link) ).

There are many other attractions only a short walk away, including the Tweed Regional Museum (external link). Download the Welcome to Murwillumbah (1.14mB PDF) brochure for more information about this vintage country town's creative and cultural offerings.

Map showing Tweed Regional Gallery and Gallery DownTown

Exhibition spaces

The first exhibition space features works of art from the Gallery's collection of Australian art, complementing those on exhibition at the TRGMOAC on Mistral Road, Murwillumbah.

The second substantial exhibition space is devoted to showing the work of regional artists through an extension of the Gallery’s Community Access Exhibition Program (CAEP). Running since 2004, the aim of the CAEP is to provide regional artists with a professional venue for exhibitions of new work.

The extension of the CAEP to the Gallery DownTown space demonstrates the Gallery’s commitment to fostering the work of regional artists by presenting their works across two professional exhibition spaces and offering another venue for artists to sell their work.

Opening exhibitions at Gallery DownTown

Rosie by Dale Rhodes from Tetralogy exhibition

Dale Rhodes (b. 1960)
Rosie 2017
oil on canvas, 91 x 136cm
Gift of the artist, 2018

Tetralogy: profiling the four collection areas

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre collection features works across four areas: Australian portraits; artworks of regional relevance; Australian artists’ prints and the life and work of Margaret Olley.

The Tetralogy exhibition at Gallery DownTown features over 20 works by local artists from the Tweed Regional Gallery’s collection across these four themes including portraits, artists’ prints, ceramics and photography. Tetralogy presents over 20 works exploring the main themes of your collection. Australian portraits reflecting the diversity of the Australian community are on exhibition alongside artworks about the Tweed region, all by artists of our area.

A number of Australian artists’ prints are included in this exhibition as well as some works depicting Australia’s best-loved painter of still life and interiors, Margaret Olley.

Artists in Tetralogy: profiling the four collection areas include Michael Zavros, Petrina Hicks, Euan Macleod, Emma Walker, Joanna Braithwaite, Michael Cusack, Christine Willcocks and Dale Rhodes.

Rock Hopper Penguin Snow Domes by Deb Mostert

Deb Mostert
I pick up one when I go on holidays – Rock Hopper Penguin Snow Domes 2015
watercolour, 46 x 61cm

Ensemble: artists from our region

Many artists within the geographical footprint of the Tweed Regional Gallery have mounted their first solo exhibitions through the Community Access Exhibition Program (CAEP) which offers a valuable exercise in professional development, and raises artists’ profiles in the regional community and beyond. Artists who have previously exhibited under the CAEP include Hobie Porter, Angus McDonald, Andrew Hmelnitsky and Gatya Kelly.

Ensemble: artists from our region at Gallery DownTown showcases the visual arts practice of 10 of the artists who have recently held exhibitions at the Tweed Regional Gallery through the CAEP.

These artworks highlight the talent of artists living on our doorstep. Many of these artists held their first solo exhibition through the CAEP and have gone on to have further successful shows.

Artists featured in Ensemble are Phil Barron, Andew Hmelnitsky, Helle Jorgensen, Gatya Kelly, Abbey McCulloch, Deb Mostert, Lae Oldmeadow, Dale Rhodes, Craig Tuffin and Oksana Waterfall.

Working with local business

As an initiative of Tweed Shire Council, it is hoped that the Gallery DownTown will act as a driver of creative and economic development in the heart of Murwillumbah’s CBD. In the first twelve months of operation since opening in March 2014, the Margaret Olley Art Centre contributed $7.38M to the Tweed economy.

The Gallery DownTown aims to build on this success and further Council’s work to support the establishment of the M-Arts precinct and stimulate the local economy. It will do this by linking TRGMOAC visitors to the town centre to explore the array of cultural facilities, private art studios and local businesses in the Murwillumbah CBD.

M-Arts Precinct

The M-Arts Precinct (external link) has become a focal point of creative activity in the region, presenting commercial exhibitions fostering the work of artists of the area and supporting creative development through the presentation of workshops and tutorials.

Murwillumbah’s central art precinct is complemented by Yellow Brick Studio, stocking a wonderful array of art supplies. The Italian-inspired Bacaro offers a relaxed dining setting to enjoy delicious fare, making the M-Arts Precinct a go-to location in the CBD.

The Gallery DownTown is thrilled to be part of this exciting mix of art and culture.

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