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Media release

30 July 2021

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The art of sharing knowledge

Exhibition showcases work of teaching artists from our region

James Guppy, The Burn 2019, acrylic on linen, 84 x 101cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Directors and teachers from the Byron School of Art (BSA) will present an exciting new exhibition called Shared Knowledge at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The exhibition showcases the work of 4 BSA Directors – Michael Cusack, James Guppy, Emma Walker and Christine Willcocks – and 4 long-course teachers – Chris Bennie, Michelle Dawson, Travis Paterson and Kat Shapiro Wood.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said BSA, an independently run, non-profit initiative in Mullumbimby established in 2013, is the leading tertiary art school in our region.

“As each one of these directors and long-course teachers are practicing artists, this group exhibition gives us a glimpse of their professional practice while considering the vital role they play as teaching artists,” Ms Muddiman said.

“Each of the artists have reflected on how their own practice benefits from teaching – the shared knowledge between student and teacher, between artist and artist.”

The art school is based on the international model of artists teaching artists in a studio environment.

Courses on offer range from weekend workshops to long courses of up to 3 years. Students can not only learn particular artmaking methods and media, but can also be mentored in areas of professional practice such as display methods and exhibition preparation. These diverse opportunities make BSA a vital learning hub for artists in the Northern Rivers.

To coincide with the Shared Knowledge exhibition, the Gallery will present activities and events in partnership with the Byron School of Art, The Yellow Brick Studio and the MIArts Precinct. For workshop and event details, including bookings, visit the Gallery website https://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/

Shared Knowledge will be on display in the Friends Gallery at Tweed Regional Gallery from Friday 30 July to Sunday 5 December 2021.

BSA Directors and long-course teachers (left to right): Michael Cusack, Emma Walker, James Guppy, Travis Paterson, Christine Willcocks, Kat Shapiro Wood, Michelle Dawson and (front) Chris Bennie. Photo: Michelle Eabry



Photo 1: James Guppy, The Burn 2019, acrylic on linen, 84 x 101cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Photo 2: BSA Directors and long-course teachers

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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Road (corner of Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah South)
PO Box 816 Murwillumbah, NSW 2484

Web: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
Email: tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 02 6670 2790

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