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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:

Crowning Glory Portrait of Susi Muddiman OAM

Joanna Braithwaite
Crowning Glory - Portrait of Susi Muddiman OAM 2019
oil on linen
198 x 175cm
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
Pending - Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Joanna Braithwaite, 2020
Copyright the artist

Director’s Choice
from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection

26 March – 13 June 2021

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, was curated by Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM. The Gallery’s objective is to develop and preserve a collection of regional and national significance with a focus on four collection areas: Australian portraits; Artworks of regional relevance; Australian artists’ prints and the life and work of Margaret Olley.

As the Gallery Director I have been working with the Tweed Regional Gallery collection since 2007. It’s a rewarding challenge to envision and care for the collection which I believe to be a significant asset for our community today and into the future.

When considering this exhibition I enjoyed reflecting on the history and growth of the collection – I selected some personal favourites; some works that we hadn’t had the opportunity to exhibit in recent years; and works that reflect the diversity of artists and art forms across our four collecting profiles.

I hope you enjoy my selection!

Susi Muddiman OAM
Director, Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre

Work from Home

Trish Tait
Work from Home 2020
oil painting on board
Image courtesy of artist

Polo Takes a Dip

Meli Axford
Polo Takes a Dip 2021
Painting on canvas
Image courtesy of artist

Sons and Daughters

Trish Tait and Meli Axford
9 April – 13 June 2021

Sons and Daughters by Trish Tait and Meli Axford explores the transformative journey of motherhood as an artistic expression. The duo’s works observe their relationships with their teenage and young adult children in all its forms; from the mundane to the extraordinary. It is the ultimate celebration of a mother’s unwavering love.

Sons | Trish Tait
Trish Tait draws inspiration from ‘daily life’, which was enriched in 2020 when her sons returned home to ride out the uncertainty of lockdown. Sons by Tait is a painted record of this time, her observations of her adult brood, the everyday humdrum… and their inevitable longing for a return to the old normal.

Daughters | Meli Axford
Meli Axford’s art reimagines the Australian landscape with her family in it. Daughters showcases works from her pool series (painted throughout 2020) which radiates a deliberate sense of calm and optimism that we are ready for whatever happens.

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