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21 September 2022

Award winners to be announced on huge opening night 

New biennial award exhibition to open to full house in October  

WAA opening prep

The Wollumbin Art Award exhibition is currently being installed for opening on 1 October. Gallery installers with WYAA finalist artwork ‘Dream beach’ by Tiana Grundy.

The Wollumbin Art Award (WAA) and Wollumbin Youth Art Award (WYAA) will have a full house on opening night as anticipation grows over winner announcements. 

If you missed out on a ticket to the opening, don’t despair – the exhibition is on offer to the public until 20 November. Youth Artworks will be on show until 27 November.

Winners of the WAA and WYAA will be announced on Saturday 1 October at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, showcasing all the finalists’ works. Guest judges Alison Kubler (WAA) and Hiromi Tango (WYAA) will reveal their choices on the night in front of finalists, their families and friends. 

The inaugural WAA awards have garnered a dynamic array of finalists' works to display at the state-of-the-art Gallery, already a mainstay for visitors to the region and art lovers nationwide. 

Works traverse a range of artistic styles and mediums with judges welcoming a number of contemporary experimental artists to the fold, along with more traditional works from celebrated and emerging local artists.

“We are beyond excited to finally bring this exhibition to life and showcase the immense talent we have across the region,” said Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM.

“We are fully aware of what an incredible artistic hub this area is – and these awards will let visitors to the region see this too.” 

The winner of the Wollumbin Art Award will receive $15,000 plus a 2-week residency at the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The $10,000 Bundjalung Award for First Nations artists includes an exhibition at the Gallery. This award is sponsored by the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd. 

The Emerging Artist Award is $5,000 and is supported by Leanne and Greg Tong-Lyon. 

Whilst the exhibition's opening is fully booked, winners will be announced live via the Gallery’s Instagram channel from 5.45 pm on the night. 

The WAA exhibition will run until Sunday 20 November.

The WAA Youth awards will be shown from Friday 23 September – Sunday 27 November 2022. 

For what’s on at the Tweed Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre, visit: gallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/whats-on.

Follow on Instagram @tweedregionagallery.


Photo 1:  Wollumbin Art Award - opening prep
Caption: The Wollumbin Art Award exhibition is currently being installed for opening on 1 October. Gallery installers with WYAA finalist artwork ‘Dream beach’ by Tiana Grundy.

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2 Mistral Road (corner of Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah South)
PO Box 816 Murwillumbah, NSW 2484

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