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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:

Future exhibitions 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.

Rhonda Armistead - Mustard Barn

Rhonda Armistead
Mustard Barn Milawa 2019
drypoint engraving, 140 x 50cm
Image courtesy of the artist

Homestead of my Dreams

Rhonda Armistead
11 March – 5 July 2020

Exhibition Catalogue (5.12mB PDF)

Journey along the backroads and highways to discover the lost, abandoned and still standing old buildings and sheds in a body of work featuring paintings and drypoint engravings by Lismore-based artist Rhonda Armistead.

Armistead’s paintings give you a sense of place, while the drypoint engravings give you a more intimate look into the spaces or a simpler understanding of how these buildings become part of the landscape.

Homestead of my Dreams is a journey of heritage and history, of distant memories and sentimental reminiscences that will transport those who fondly remember back to a far simpler time, and for those that don’t, an appreciation of the struggle towards an intangible prosperity and the fragility of existence.

Tim Fry - Grand Plans

Tim Fry
Grand Plans 2020
acrylic and biro on ply, 100 x 40cm

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm

Tim Fry
11 March – 5 July 2020

Exhibition Catalogue (6.43mB PDF)

This series of works by Tim Fry explores the dialogue between traditional male stereotypes and contemporary alternatives.

Stereotypes embedded in male culture are presented in contrast with symbols of the artist’s own interests and values. This medley of juxtaposition asks the question ‘how valid are traditional male stereotypes?’ and presents alternative routes for contemporary masculinity. Fry aims to both break down conventional views of masculinity whilst simultaneously broadening perceptions of men’s roles in society.

Layered - Rae Saheli

Rae Saheli
Layered 2019
12 gauge shot fired at encaustic on board, 30 x 30cm
Image courtesy of artist


Rae Saheli
9 July – 5 September 2020

Based on the ‘process movement’ Rae Saheli creates a body of work that represents both chaos and chance elements juxtaposed with her planning of intention or intervention. Saheli explores the intersection between random and controlled elements by shooting at the surface of the artwork with a shot gun, setting fire to materials and the manipulation of wax upon a surface.

Gauge explores the notion of variation and texture inspiring the viewer to reflect on the processes involved and the impact of that on the finished work. Further, Saheli’s intention for the viewer is to feel and respond to her work with the invitation to enjoy a sensory and sensual experience.

Antarctic Beeches - Annie Long

Annie Long
Antarctic Beeches 2019
stoneware with glaze, enamel and lustre, 48 x 50 x 40cm
Image courtesy of artist

Fragmented Cohesion

Annie Long
9 July – 5 September 2020

The ‘Wood Wide Web’ acknowledges the communal and communicative nature of plants and microbes within the structure of a forest. Our local native forests are dynamic and evolving communities where survival dramas are played out daily despite their interconnectivity being disrupted since colonisation. This has resulted in increased isolation and stress, making them vulnerable to changing climatic conditions such as drought and fires.

This body of work imagines the elements of a forest. Time spent in the forests of the Northern Rivers has allowed me to see how communities build resilience, adapting to the fragmentation of these ancient networks. While my art practice is centered around ceramic sculpture, painting and video allow me the freedom to explore other perspectives.

- Annie Long

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