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8 October 2018
Botanical artist explores fascination of native mangroves

An exhibition by Newcastle-based natural history and botanical artist Deirdre Bean entitled Australia’s mangroves: living on the edge will open at Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday 12 October.

The artist developed a fascination for mangroves as a child when she swam amongst them in the Myall River, NSW. On learning more of their ecological importance and vulnerability, she undertook a self-funded project to document these unique plants and was the focus of her recent PhD project.

Almost half of the world’s mangrove species are found in Australia. Bean studied 34 of Australia’s 47 species over a seven-year period. Each species was sourced from field trips and methodically painted in her studio.

Bean recounts, “I encountered many hazards: torrential rain, mosquitoes, ants, heat, mud, dehydration and, of course, crocodiles. My equipment included my camera, water, insect repellant, collecting bag, and phone - with variable coverage. Once my specimens were secured, many hours were spent in the studio developing a botanically accurate watercolour painting, the results of which are featured in this exhibition.”

“These meticulously accurate depictions of native mangroves executed in watercolour and graphite on paper are an important body of work, that I believe would be of equal interest to botanists, plant enthusiasts and appreciators of fine art,” Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said.

All are welcome to attend the official opening celebrations on Friday 12 October at 6.00pm DST, with guest speaker Stella Downer of Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. The exhibition opens in conjunction with Laith McGregor: Borrowed Time and Graeme Drendel: Confessions.

On Sunday 11 November at 2.00pm DST, an In Conversation will be held between artist Deirdre Bean and Dr Norman Duke (MSc, PhD), Senior Research Scientist at James Cook University. Join them for this free event where they will discuss this fragile species.

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3 October 2018
Artist confesses all
Artist confesses all

Graeme Drendel is a Melbourne-based painter and printmaker whose skilfully executed works appear to be driven by narratives - though it is not necessarily clear what these narratives may be.

In his new exhibition ‘Confessions’ which is now open at Tweed Regional Gallery, Drendel’s figures are placed within a vast, isolating landscape.

“There is something about any object or figure isolated within an immense landscape, that leaves one with a slight sense of unease,” Drendel said.

The exhibition includes smaller works on paper and large canvases that span the past four years of the artist’s work. In the lead up to the exhibition, Drendel set himself the task to paint a work every week, veering from figurative work one day, to still life subjects and/or portraiture the next. He sees the smaller works as 'short stories', or vignettes that often inform the larger canvases.

“My regime in the studio is just to paint, and rarely do I think in terms of an overall theme for a body of work. However, the work produced over a period of time seems to somehow have a sense of connectedness in spite of there having been no great need for this to be the case. It does stand to reason that as the canvases accumulate in the studio that they do in themselves influence one another and this of course does encourage a sense of dialogue from one painting to another.”

Graeme Drendel completed a Diploma of Teaching Art and Craft from Melbourne State College in 1974. He is regularly selected as a finalist in significant prizes throughout Australia, and in 2018 his work was shortlisted for the Archibald Prize and the Paul Guest Prize. With over 30 solo exhibitions to his name, his work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Australian Print Workshop and numerous regional galleries.

All are invited to attend the opening celebrations of Confessions with artist Graeme Drendel on Friday 12 October at 6pm.

There’s also an exciting public program to complement this exhibition scheduled for later in the show. On Friday 30 November, come along to an In-Conversation event at 5.30pm hosted by the Friends of the Gallery. Enjoy an informative and ‘bound-to-be-amusing’ conversation between the artist and Dr. Sarah Engledow, Senior Curator and Historian at the National Portrait Gallery. Book through or check the Gallery’s website at for further details.

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2 October 2018
Fancy dress sparks imagination of young artists
The winners of the Les Perkins Portrait Prize for 2018 have been announced.
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2 October 2018
Opportunity to work with acclaimed artist
Leading Australian contemporary artist Laith McGregor will teach two drawing workshops at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah in October.
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27 September 2018
Latest exhibition a labour of love and time
Borrowed Time, opening on Friday 5 October, brings together new and recent works by leading contemporary Australian artist Laith McGregor, focusing on the themes of time and labour.
17 September 2018
Going to a Fancy Dress Party for the 22nd Les Peterkin Prize
The annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, on show at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 28 September until Sunday 2 December 2018, is a huge celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students. The Prize is one of the Gallery’s most popular exhibitions, and has once again attracted an enormous number of entries and participating schools.
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5 September 2018
Inaugural Community Picnic celebrates Gallery milestone
Pack a blanket, a picnic basket and bring the whole family along for a special community gathering in the grounds of Tweed Regional Gallery to celebrate their 30 year anniversary.
30 August 2018
Looking at art slowly promotes conversation
A new MemoryScape program to heighten public awareness about dementia will be launched at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah on Friday 7 September, to coincide with Dementia Awareness Month.
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28 August 2018
Tweed Regional Gallery to host free Artist Talks this weekend
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre will host talks by three diverse Indigenous artists this Sunday, 2 September 2018.
28 August 2018
Free AUSLAN interpreted tours of Tweed cultural facilities
The Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum continue their regular AUSLAN interpreted tours, with the next tour taking place on Saturday 15 September.
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