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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

Rosie by Dale Rhodes from Tetralogy exhibition

Dale Rhodes (b. 1960)
Rosie 2017
oil on canvas, 91cm 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.

Wallace Chelle - The Toilet Door

Chelle Wallace
The Toilet Door 2019
Archival 100% cotton rag inkjet photographic print,
42cm x 59cm
Image supplied by artist

Fry Tim - The Regent Full of Memories

Tim Fry
The Regent Full of Memories 2019
Biro and Paint Pen on Cardboard, 90cm x 82cm
Image supplied by artist

Facade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah

16 May – 27 July 2019

Murwillumbah is known for its Art Deco accents and artists from the region have drawn inspiration from the decorative movement in architecture and design in the new group exhibition Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah.

Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah is an ensemble of mediums and methods with 43 artworks by 30 artists from the region. This dynamic and expressive collection of works will inform, intrigue and impress as artists show their own perspective and interpretation of Art Deco. The works include paintings, works on paper, sculpture, jewellery, photography, decorative arts, digital art and design.

Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah is the perfect milieu for visitors to experience artworks and to see first-hand the delightful Art Deco features of the M|Arts Precinct and Gallery DownTown.

For those wanting to learn more about the Art Deco era and to get hands on, over three consecutive Saturdays in June, the Tweed Regional Gallery will host Walking Tours of Murwillumbah. Gallery Director Susi Muddiman will lead a historic walk, photographer Justin Ealand will provoke new ways of seeing through a camera lens and local artist Tamsin Ainslie will take participants on a drawing tour of the town.

Read more about the Public Programs.

Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah will complement the National Gallery of Australia’s touring exhibition Art Deco from the National Collection: The world turns modern, which will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery from 31 May.

Exhibiting Artists

Phil Barron
Amanda Bromfield
Sabine Brosche
Trish Callaghan
Aaron Chapman
Stuart Cussons
Raimond de Weerdt
Kath Egan
Tim Fry
Jessica Harris
Joanna Kambourian
Kathryn LeGayBrereton
Dev Lengjel
Anne Leon
Suzi Lucas
Jim Mullins
Anna Nordstrom
Judy Oakenfull
Natalie Popovski
Wendy Powitt
Amelia Reid
Alison Rooney
Hiske Tas Bain
Chelle Wallace
Rose Watson
Christine Willcocks
Caroline Wisler

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