‘Luscious’ paintings to delight the senses

New art exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery

An exhibition by Mullumbimby artist Gatya Kelly that explores life, death and the everyday will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 15 January 2016 until 28 February 2016.

Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman, said Luscious was developed as an outcome of Kelly’s residency at the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence (AIR) studio facility in March 2015.

“Gatya’s still life compositions of pomegranates, figs, cherries, magnolias, dry foliage and decorative vessels illuminate the delicate beauty and sometimes erotic nature of the ordinary,” Ms Muddiman said.


Photo caption: Gatya Kelly, Pomegranate Alhambra, 2015, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm

“The paintings have a reflective surface which seem to glow, while in the shadows, objects are blurred and disappear into darkness.”

Gatya Kelly’s exploration of the still life genre began as a response to her environment during a five month stay in Italy. She said although surrounded by the stunning Tuscan landscape and glorious colours of autumn and winter, what drew her attention where the small dead things such as leaves, sticks and branches – all nestled against the fruits of the season which were shiny and bright.

“The textures and tones of the withered and dying were beautiful, and combined with the living flesh of olives and persimmons, seemed to create a poignant allegory of life and death that felt paintable,” Ms Kelly said.

“I am inspired by my everyday world and have a sensual approach to making art.

“I am drawn to paint the personal and universal objects in my immediate environment which conjure emotions such as desire and passion, while looking for balance, colour and stillness in the drama.”

Susi Muddiman said Luscious continued to explore life and death in what could be considered a contemporary interpretation of the 16th century Dutch and Flemish vanitas painters.  “The paintings also explore and expand the senses of touch, taste and smell,” she said.

“They make a deliberate effort to summon a strong emotional response that goes beyond the physicality of materials or technique.”

Artist Demonstration Sunday 21 February 2016

All are welcome to visit the Gallery on Sunday 21 February 2016 from 10am to 12pm DST, to engage with Gatya Kelly as she presents an artist demonstration. Visitors will gain an exclusive insight into Kelly’s creative process as she works on a small painting.


Courtesy of Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

See also Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre – Big Volcano Visitor Guide and Big Volcano Artists, Designers & Studios guide.

Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour on display at Tweed Regional Gallery

Nationally prestigious touring exhibition comes to Tweed

The winning portrait of the 2015 Archibald Prize, along with all the 2015 finalists, is part of a regional touring exhibition.  Opening on Friday January 15th 2016, the event also includes a grand Gala Opening and Cocktail party at 7pm, by Dr Michael Brand, Director  of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the 2015 winning artist Nigel Milsom, the Gallery’s special guest.

The Archibald Prize 2015, an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition, will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 15 January to 28 February 2016.

The exhibition is arguably the nation’s most famous and popular Prize, awarding $100,000 to the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year, from at least one live sitting with the artist.

The touring exhibition includes all 2015 finalists from the much-loved portraiture prize, held annually by the Art Gallery of NSW.

2015 Archibald Prize finalist
Juan Ford
A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt's most intense moments (I can't decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain
oil on linen
137 x 153 cm
© the artist
Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

**This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the 2015 Archibald Prize competition, on display 18 July to 27 September 2015, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***Media contact: Lisa.Catt@ag.nsw.gov.au
Photo caption: Juan Ford, A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments (I can’t decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain, oil on linen, 137 x 153cm, © the artist, Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins.

After the highly-anticipated exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the regional tour provides audiences outside of Sydney an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Archibald Prize in their local community.

In addition to viewing the popular exhibition, visitors to Tweed Regional Gallery will enjoy a range of programs associated with the Archibald Prize 2015 including voting for People’s Choice, viewing the Young Archies exhibition and participating in the Children’s Trail activity.

The Art Gallery of NSW also provides a host of online resources for visitors of the regional tour, including a mobile exhibition guide and education resources, so visitors are encouraged to bring along a mobile headset. For more information, visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2015

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said the Gallery was thrilled to host the exhibition.

“It’s great to see and hear the Gallery buzzing with keen visitors and sharing their opinions on the finalists,” Ms Muddiman said.

“This is a wonderful show to host over the holiday period and start the New Year with; we are definitely expecting crowds.”

The Gallery has made every effort to keep ticket prices affordable for all community members. Individual and family tickets to the Archibald Prize 2015 may be purchased at the Gallery on the day of your visit. School and bus groups must arrange and pay for their visit in advance on galleryeducation@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Prices are as follows:
•      Adult – $10
•      Gallery Friend or Foundation member – $7
•      Concession or child aged 5 – 17 years – $8
•      Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) – $26
•      Children under five years – free
•      Bus group booking – $8 per person
•      School/education group booking – $6 per person

Gala Opening of the Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour

Tweed Regional Gallery will host a Gala Opening of the Archibald Prize 2015 regional tour on 15 January 2016 from 7pm to 9pm (DST time).

This ticketed event includes a cocktail party and official opening by Dr Michael Brand, Director – Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Artist Nigel Milsom, the winner of the Archibald Prize 2015, will also be the Gallery’s special guest.

Tickets are $75 or $65 for Gallery Friends and Foundation members, and include catering by the Gallery Cafe. Numbers are strictly limited and bookings are essential for this event. To secure a ticket, contact the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790.

The Archibald Prize 2015 is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

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Sunday songs: Art Gallery to be filled with joyful voices

Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir brings Christmas spirit to Tweed Regional Gallery.

As they do every year, the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir will be sharing the joy of Christmas with visitors of Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The Gallery’s Curator – Public Programs, Anouk Beck, said the free choir performance would be held on Sunday 13 December at 1pm.


Photo caption: The Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir performs at Tweed Regional Gallery, as they do every year.

“Join the choir in the Gallery foyer for a beautiful rendition of selected Christmas favourites and seasonal songs, accompanied by Beth Brooks on piano,” Ms Beck said.  “As the performance is an annual favourite for Gallery visitors, we provide some seating as many people enjoy listening for the duration of the performance.

“The choir also provide song sheets so the community can join in.”

WHAT:           Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir
WHEN:           Sunday 13 December 2015, 1pm – 2pm (NSW daylight saving time)
WHERE:          Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre,
2 Mistral Road (corner Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah NSW 2484

COST:             Free

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Media Unit.

Margaret Olley Art Centre receives national recognition

Tweed facility wins prestigious MAGNA Award

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre tonight won a prestigious national award from the peak Australian body for museums and galleries.


Photo caption:  An interior view of the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.

The Gallery was presented with a Museums & Galleries National Award (MAGNA) in the Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout category at an awards ceremony at Sydney’s Town Hall.  Other finalists in this category included the Australian War Memorial, Royal Australian Mint, Shrine of Remembrance, the Australian Botanic Garden, Western Australian Museum and the Aviation Heritage Museum.

The award was accepted by Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM and Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green.  “The project was a culmination of great teamwork and the community working together and we certainly couldn’t have done without the commitment of Council and the resources of our support organisations – the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation and the Friends of the Gallery – and the work of the dedicated staff team,” Ms Muddiman said.


Photo caption: Chair of the board of Museums and Galleries NSW, Jennifer Barrett, MOAC’s first curator, Sally Watterson, Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman and CEO Museums & Galleries NSW, Michael Rolfe.

“The initial gift from the Margaret Olley Art Trust was the catalyst of a period of commitment which saw the Gallery rise to new levels.  “The Gallery is part of a commitment from Tweed Shire Council to cultural facilities in the Tweed, which also includes the stunning new Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah.”

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said all the Tweed could be proud of this great achievement.  “Last week I called Tweed the regional capital.  Today we have become a national leader.  Congratulations to all those who have throughout the years contributed to making our gallery a winner,” Councillor Bagnall said.

Council’s General Manager, Troy Green, said: “It was a very humbling experience to accept the award on behalf of the Tweed community, especially given the high calibre of the other finalists”.

“The award is testimony to the world class gallery that we have in the Tweed – something that every resident in the Tweed should be extremely proud of and have on their to-do list when friends and family are visiting them in the Tweed,” he said.

The $4.5 million Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) at the Tweed Regional Gallery celebrates the career, life and legacy of Margaret Olley AO (1923-2011), arguably Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.  The purpose-built extension to the Gallery, honours the wish of the late artist that her artist’s studio elements of her Paddington home in Sydney and her collections be re-created at Tweed Regional Gallery.

The MAGNAs recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. The awards are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions who are members of Museums Australia.  The panel of judges was selected from staff at the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and a member of the museum-going public.

Press release and photos courtesy of TSC Media Unit Friday 22/5/2015.

Auslan guided tours coming to the Gallery and Museum

New tours to widen horizon for hearing impaired

Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum will offer Auslan (Australian Sign Language) guided tours this year for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

Four interpreted tours will explore and provide insight on the Museum’s historical collection, the 1915 ‘Shire Hall’ and selected highlights from the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.  

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said that the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre had offered interpreted tours in the past that were very popular.   [Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Gallery]

“We hope that by offering a number of tours throughout the year that take in both the Museum and Gallery, people will be able to plan a visit to the Tweed and to these two wonderful facilities,” Ms Muddiman said.

Museum Director Judy Kean said this will be the first occasion the Museum has offered an interpreted tour for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.   [Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Museum – Murwillumbah.] Tweed Museum - Murwillumbah, David Palmer, Big Volcano

“Highlights will include a background on the heritage Museum building, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the Gallery to offer this program.”

The first of the tours will take place on Saturday 4 April with the remaining three scheduled for 6 June, 5 September and 7 November 2015.

The Museum tour will run from 10am to 11am and the Gallery tour from 12pm to 1pm on all dates.

Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are essential. To book contact Museum Collection and Program Support Officer Kirsty Andrew on (02) 6670 2493 (this phone number also receives text messages) or kandrew@tweed.nsw.gov.au

For more information, visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au or artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au

Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Monday 23 March, 2015

Gardens in Art and Food in Art

A Delight for the Senses

Historian to present art talks at Tweed Regional Gallery

Green thumbs and foodies will delight when retired lecturer in modern history David di Giustino explores a different perspective of art at the Tweed Regional Gallery on Sunday 15 March.

Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Gallery

David will present two illustrated lectures – Gardens in Art and Food in Art.

Gardens in Art, starting at 11am, is an illustrated lecture that delves into the way gardens, as works of art themselves, have been depicted by artists over the centuries.

Painting. Margaret Olley, Bananas from the garden, Farndon 1974, oil on board, 74 x 100cm, Gift of Wayne Kratzmann, 2014, Tweed Regional Gallery Collection

At 2pm, Food in Art will explore the way artists have portrayed food in paintings, mosaics and sculptures that have decorated dining rooms, stimulated the appetite and celebrated food from Roman times to the present.

Each lecture costs $5.00 and bookings are essential.

However, as the Gallery is celebrating National Seniors Week, the first five places in each talk will be free to Senior Citizens.

Please contact the Tweed Regional Gallery on (02) 6670 2790 to secure your booking.

Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Wednesday 4 March, 2015

See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Art Galleries; Regional art galleries and retail art galleries in the Northern Rivers NSW – Gold Coast hinterland QLD area.