Jam-packed January at Tweed Regional Museum

Activities for kids, historic holiday exhibition and more opportunities to visit

Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum is well and truly in the school holiday spirit, kicking off special Saturday trading hours and bringing back a popular exhibition that gives a nostalgic look at the Tweed’s beach culture.

Museum Director Judy Kean said the facility usually opened on the first Saturday of each month but in January would open every Saturday.


Photo caption: View of a museum display from the mezzanine floor, © by Big Volcano Tourism

“We know that the post-Christmas and New Year period before school goes back is often a time when families and visitors are looking for something to do and somewhere to go,” Ms Kean said.

“During January we will also have a number of activities set up in the courtyard for children to enjoy, including activities related to a shipwreck exhibition and the Brick by Brick: Build your own capital interactive exhibition that has been available at Murwillumbah Library recently.

“Children can try their hands at building some local historic buildings out of LEGO, including the 1915 Shire Hall and the Fingal Lighthouse.”

Ms Kean said an exhibition about the Tweed’s beach history was back by popular demand.

“Holidays and Hokey Pokey: Tweed Beach Images features images and video footage from the collection, including some wonderful footage by Charles Simpson,” she said.

“Images include postcards dating from the early 1900s when the area first became popular as a holiday destination, crowded beaches during the 1950s and ’60s, holiday makers promenading in Tweed Street, crowded campgrounds at Tweed Heads around 1910, images of the famous Boyd brothers hauling in nets full of fish off Greenmount Beach around 1950, as well as Hokey Pokey contests and girls trying out Malibu boards at Greenmount in 1961.”

Ms Kean said the footage would be on continual loop in large format on the Keith and Norman Tong Images of the Tweed Wall throughout January.

January opening hours for Tweed Regional Museum, Murwillumbah:
•    Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
•    Every Saturday until 30 January, 10am – 4pm

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Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom.

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Fun for kids of all ages at Tweed Regional Gallery these holidays

Manga drawing, play and portraits in clay

Japanese cartoon drawing workshops, animal games and clay classes are all part of the kids activities being offered at Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Gallery these school holidays.

Free Activities

Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said kids could get involved with Animal Self, a new exhibition of self-portraits by Joanna Braithwaite where the artist is surrounded by animals in three large and interactive paintings.

“Kids can play with dog puppets, add a kookaburra to the fence or put themselves in the picture with large cut-out chickens. These activities are free and available each day during Gallery hours,” Ms Muddiman said.

Free Salt Dough Supper activity

On Sunday 10 January children can work with salt dough to create and mould special food items when artist and teacher Carleen Joy leads a free Salt Dough Supper activity in the Gallery foyer.

The first session will be held from 10.30am to 12noon DST and the second from 1pm to 2.30pm DST.

Photo caption: A Manga drawing by David Lovegrove.

Manga Workshop on Monday 18 January

Ms Muddiman said talented illustrator and Manga buff David Lovegrove would hold a Manga Workshop on Monday 18 January for kids aged 10 to 14 years who are interested in comic book art or drawing.

“Working with the Japanese Manga style of cartooning, kids will learn how to build a character, map out a story and environment and draw up a short comic about their adventures,” she said.

“Kids can come dressed up as their favourite character whether it be manga, a super hero or a character from popular culture, and the best-dressed will win a ‘How to Draw Manga’ book. David will be dressed as Ronin, the masterless Samurai.”

The workshop will run from 10am to 2.30pm DST and costs $45.

Portrait in Clay workshops on Thursday 21 January


Photo caption: Thirteen-year-old Tarah Wilkinson’s clay bust, ‘My Mum’.

For kids who love to work with the tactile nature of clay, Marianne Galluzo will hold a Portrait in Clay workshop on Thursday 21 January.

“Instead of drawing, kids will be able to make a 3D portrait of a person and are invited to bring a photo or work from their memory or imagination,” Ms Muddiman said.

“Participants will model the head shape, add defining details and take home a bust that will air dry ready to paint or be left bare.”

The clay workshop costs $25 and will be held in two sessions.

The workshop for kids aged 5 – 8 years will be held from 10am – 12pm DST, and the second session for kids aged 9 years and over will be held from 1pm to 3pm DST.

Bookings are essential for both workshops. To book, contact the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790.

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