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27 February 2017
Echoes stir reflections for Archibald winner

Archibald Prize-winning artist Guy Maestri was genuinely moved by his time as artist-in-residence at the Margaret Olley Art Centre, housed within the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.


The Sydney-based artist completed a residency in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio in 2016, where he began a body of work inspired by objects in Margaret Olley’s home studio re-creation.


“I was quite affected by my time spent in Olley’s home studio re-creation,” he said.


“Though it may only be an echo of her time in this world, it is filled with her treasured artefacts and ordinary objects, just as she left them. The space Margaret created, inhabited and regularly painted, is no longer interrupted and fluid; it's fixed and preserved like a painting.”


Maestri will soon return to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, which is preparing to feature his exhibition Echo, a collection of works spawned from last year’s residency, from 17 March.


“Plastic flowers, deemed cheap copies of the real thing, function similarly to paintings of flowers. Both extend the life of something beautiful and sensory, yet ephemeral,” Maestri said.


“This is also the case with Margaret Olley’s home studio – a home that, until I visited the re-creation, I knew only through her paintings.”


During his residency, Maestri painted many of the objects that filled Olley’s cluttered Sydney home, including her plastic flowers, and flowers of personal significance.


“I paired the paintings of Margaret's flowers with paintings of my grandmother's orchids. These paired works become reflections, echoes and ghosts of sorts,” he said.


“They represent the capacity of objects, and paintings, to both hold and preserve memory and experience.”


Maestri won the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2009, with his portrait of Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. He is a regular finalist in the Wynne Prize for landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He won the Premier’s Plein Air Painting Prize in 2013 and the King’s School Art Prize in 2014.


Echo will feature in the Friends Gallery at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 17 March to Sunday 30 July.


Public programs:

Art in the Pub: Monday 20 March, 6pm for 6.30pm (DST), Free. No bookings required.

The Courthouse Hotel, Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby

Artist Guy Maestri in conversation with Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM. A collaborative event between the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Contemporary Art Space and Education Inc. and Byron School of Art.


Artist Talk: Guy Maestri on objects and inspiration, Sunday 18 June, 11am

Free. No bookings required.


Join the artist and Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM for a discussion on Echo, with reference to some of the objects from Margaret Olley’s home studio re-creation that inspired his work.

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27 February 2017
Objects of Desire celebrate leaders in Queensland ceramics

The best of Queensland’s contemporary ceramics will be showcased at Tweed Regional Gallery from 3 March – 16 April 2017, when it hosts the exhibition Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay.

Eleven Queensland artists who work with clay are featured in the touring exhibition from artisan, Queensland’s Centre of Craft and Design. They range from the raw, wood-fired works of Ray Cavill to the delicate porcelain of Anne Mossman.

These objects are highlighted and linked by the ephemeral eco installation of artist Tijn Meulendjiks. His airy, gravity-defying installation was curator Shannon Garson’s addition to the exhibition design. The artist’s site specific work, created from local materials at each venue, is a physical embodiment of the idea of desire and draws the viewer into the mysterious, tactile and colourful world of Objects of Desire.

The exhibition also includes works by Mollie Bosworth, Andrew Bryant, Janet Fieldhouse, Chizuko Jones, Clairy Laurence, Pru Morrison, Jenny Mulcahy and Megan Puls.

Artisan CEO Claire Sourgnes said the featured artists are among Queensland's best ceramic artists, with works ranging from ceramic home wares to sculptural pieces.

“We’ve seen some really innovative and exciting techniques used by the artists in this exhibition, highlighting the role ceramics plays in the contemporary arts and crafts movement," Ms Sourgnes said.

Meulendjiks was invited by the Gallery to travel to Tweed as an artist in residence to create his ephemeral art work. His large-scale installations are made from plant-based materials and are site specific, sourced from the land surrounding the Gallery.

Everyone is invited to an official opening of the exhibition by Ms Sourgnes on Friday 3 March at 6.30pm (DST).

About Artisan: Artisan is Queensland’s Centre for Craft and Design. Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the presentation and advancement of authentic and innovative craft and design practice. 

The development of this project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Image credits:

Andrew Bryant, Nature spiral 3, 2015. High fired stoneware clay, crater glaze with copper overspray. Photo by Jaala Alex

Chiko Jones, Green teapot and cups, 2016. Porcelain. Photo by Jaala Alex

24 February 2017
New Organics service vital for less to landfill
3 Bin System media release
A new bin service is coming to Tweed Shire to help the community divert more waste away from landfill.
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23 February 2017
Queensland Governor makes long-awaited MOAC visit
Queensland Governor visit media release
A visit to the Margaret Olley Art Centre is an experience every Australian should have at some time in their life, according to the Queensland Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.
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17 February 2017
One of the best remembered in Museum's Collectors Cabinet
Museum Top Brass media release
A new collectors display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is both a celebration of all things brass and a tribute to one of the Museum’s most dedicated volunteers.
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16 February 2017
Hall talk takes Gallery to another world
If These Halls Could Talk - Gallery media release
A new exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery delves deeper into a celebration of town halls in the Northern Rivers and the stories they inspire.
14 February 2017
Free workshop for bikers to 'Survive the Ride'
Survive the Ride workshop

Tweed Shire Council invites all motorcyclists to ride the popular Numinbah Road to Chillingham next Sunday (19 February 2017) and attend a free Survive the Ride workshop run by former riding instructors and motorcycle highway patrol officers.

The two-hour theory workshop is designed to help riders improve their riding decisions and manage risk through the use of roadcraft, riding techniques and riding gear.

The workshop will cater to all rider levels and be held at the Chillingham Hall, with lunch provided.

Motorbikes make up just four per cent of vehicles registered in New South Wales yet, over the past five years in northern New South Wales, motorcyclists have accounted for 18 per cent of road fatalities. And, in the past 12 months, that statistic was 23 per cent.

Council is sponsoring the workshop as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, which aims to reduce deaths and injuries from road trauma.

“Motorcycling is more popular than ever and this is sadly reflected in an increase in motorcycle fatalities in our region,” said Council Road Safety Officer Alana Brooks.

The workshop, from 12 noon to 2pm, is being run by Survive the Ride Association of NSW (STRA) Riders.

“Riders are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety – it doesn't hurt any less when it's not your fault,” said Survive the Ride Association’s David Tynan.

Riders are encouraged to book a place at the workshop by phoning (02) 6670 2400 to assist with catering.

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14 February 2017
Workshop to provide insights into creative business success
Workshop to provide insights into creative business success

Creative businesses in the Tweed have the chance to hear from one of the industry’s most dynamic and respected figures next month as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Back to Business Week’ event series.

Monica Davidson from the award-winning Creative plus Business  will share her ‘Top Ten Tips for Creative Business Success’ at a workshop in Murwillumbah on Saturday 4 March.

The workshop will focus on the essential things needed to run a freelance and/or creative business. The advice is relevant to many professions including; filmmaker, writer, designer, visual artist, musician, composer, dancer or performer.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said the workshop is an opportunity for anyone starting out, or already running a creative, to get some help to grow their business.

“Monica Davidson is one of the most respected speakers in her field,” she said.

“It’s a great coup to have her come to work with Tweed businesses and I hope our local creatives take advantage of the opportunity.

“There is a strong community of talented creative people in the Tweed that we want to support through Council’s Economic Development Strategy and the ‘Creative Cauldron’ initiative.”

An acclaimed author, Monica Davidson began her creative life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker before starting a film production company in the early 1990s

In 2013 she was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor and more recently was named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries and her company Creative Plus Business.

All participants at this workshop will receive a link to a bespoke website with links and notes, a PDF handout of resources and exercises, and a chance to network with other creatives.

The workshop costs $25 and runs from 10am-1pm on Saturday 4 March at The Citadel in Queen Street, Murwillumbah. To register, please visit:

Back to Business Week is a NSW Government initiative that celebrates small to medium businesses and promotes and supports the critical role they play in local communities.

For more information on Back to Business Week 2017, please visit:

14 February 2017
Changed access to Tweed temporary Library site
Altered library access media release
Access to the temporary Tweed Heads Library sites has changed for the next few weeks, as construction work continues on the upgrade of the nearby library building in February and early March.
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10 February 2017
Village exhibition turns spotlight on Uki
Museum Uki village exhibition
The Tweed is made up of many historic, beautiful and vibrant villages, each with its own unique characteristics and stories to tell.
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