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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.

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.

Exhibitions at Gallery DownTown

The current exhibitions at Gallery DownTown are:



Pieta by Angus McDonald

Angus McDonald (b. 1961)
Pieta 2016
oil on canvas, 200cm x 225.5cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2016

Interplay: 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 Interplay exhibition at Gallery DownTown features works by Australian artists including those local to the region from the Tweed Regional Gallery's collection across these four themes including portraits, artists’ prints, ceramics and photography.

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

Artists in Interplay: profiling the four collection areas include Ken Done, Fiona Hall, Michael Cusack, Fred Jessup, Angus McDonald, Elisabeth Cummings, Robyn Sweaney and James Guppy.

Greg Mulheran - Quandong

Greg Mulheran
Quandang 2019
graphite pencil and Inktense on paper, 29.5 x 21cm
© The artist


Fragile

Greg Mulheran
18 October – 28 December 2019

Fragile is a collection of drawings that explore elements of nature that are fragile, transient and ephemeral. Artist Greg Mulheran has observed how objects in nature change over time. Leaves drop and change colour, or they are eaten and reduced to a lacy filigree. Bird’s nests and bowers are intricately woven from fallen twigs and grasses. Deterioration and decay are part of the cycle of life, and the process of decay can have its own beauty.

Karyn Fendley - where-the-river-meets-the-sea

Karyn Fendley
Where the river meets the sea 2019
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110cm
© The artist


Against the Light

Karyn Fendley
18 October – 28 December 2019

Karyn Fendley’s landscape paintings capture the essence of the coastal landscapes of northern New South Wales. To research this series, the artist spent time exploring the beaches and waterways of the Arakwal, Bundjalung and Yuraygir National Parks, stretching between Pottsville and Wooli.

Rich colour, flattened perspectives and dramatic dark to light transitions are hallmarks of Fendley’s painting practice.

With their bright skies, deep shadows and silhouettes, these artworks depict the extremes of lightness and darkness and the transient spaces created by shadows, observed in our sharply sunlit coastal landscapes.

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