Installation view of works by Emma Walker, Christine Willcocks and Michael Cusack at Byron School of Art, 2023. Photo: Michelle Eabry.
The Tweed Regional Gallery is presenting its Spring exhibitions with an exciting opening event on Friday 15 September.
Regional artists are taking the spotlight in three new exhibitions including BSA 10 Years, Analogue Kid by Diana Miller and Silhouette of Memories by Michael Philp.
BSA 10 Years celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Byron School of Art, curated by BSA directors Christine Willcocks and Michael Cusack.
From a humble beginning back in 2013, the BSA has flourished over the past decade to become an established and revered art school, known for its pedagogical model of artists teaching artists.
Operating independently and without assistance from government funding, the school has succeeded under the guidance of its five founding directors: Michael Cusack, Christine Willcocks, James Guppy, Sarah Harvey and Emma Walker.
Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said along with the dedication of an extended support team, the BSA’s unwavering commitment to arts education has played a seminal role in developing and fostering the experimental visual arts practice of regional artists.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the ongoing success of the BSA with an anniversary exhibition that acknowledges how far they have come over the past decade,” Ms Muddiman said.
“BSA 10 Years not only celebrates the significant contribution that has been made to the fabric of arts within our region but also acknowledges the school’s important contribution to contemporary visual arts in Australia.”
The BSA continues to attract a burgeoning list of students from the region and beyond by offering many short and long courses facilitated by BSA teaching artists and invited guest artists.
BSA 10 Years celebrates and acknowledges the school’s achievements over the past decade and includes new and existing works by BSA directors, teachers and alumni. Works by 33 artists (including all five founding directors) are featured in the exhibition and represent the various disciplines being explored at the school, including but not limited to, painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation.
The exhibition will open as part of Tweed Regional Gallery’s Spring celebrations and multi-opening event on 15 September. In addition to Friday’s multi-opening event, a special ‘Sunset Session’ will be hosted by the Gallery in October, inviting guests for an evening of collage, wine and shared stories, taking us back to where it all started for the school.
Regional artist and former BSA student, Diana Miller, will also open her solo exhibition Analogue Kid at the Spring multi-opening event.
Diana said her exhibition reconnects with the analogue era of her 1970s childhood and invites viewers to pause and reflect on a time that wasn’t as technologically demanding as it is today.
"The idea for Analogue Kid was sparked by my feelings of digital fatigue and how they were pervading my daily existence. I was yearning for a simpler, more playful time,” Ms Miller said.
Diana’s works rekindle the innocence of play and have been constructed using nostalgic paraphernalia from the 70s including vintage LEGO, marbles, building blocks and dominoes.
Diana’s exhibition is a playful nod to the analogue era and her references to much-loved and popular games will bring back many cherished memories for children of the era. The works are playful in nature but also carry an important message and reminder to enjoy the simple things in life.
Silhouette of Memories
Connecting with treasured memories is also a feature in First Nations artist Michael Philp’s exhibition Silhouette of Memories. Each of Philp’s paintings have been created from a memory or an old photograph and together they highlight Philp’s strong connection to family and friends. Silhouette of Memories is the exhibition outcome of Tweed Regional Gallery’s inaugural Bundjalung Award, presented to Philp as part of the Wollumbin Art Award in 2022.
All three exhibitions will be officially opened on Friday 15 September with doors open from 5.15 pm. Speeches won’t commence until 6.30 pm, allowing visitors to mingle with artists and other patrons while enjoying the sunset and much- admired views from the light-filled Gallery.
Analogue Kid by Diana Miller is on display from Friday 1 September until Sunday 26 November 2023.
Silhouette of Memories by Michael Philp is on display from Friday 1 September until Sunday 26 November 2023.
BSA 10 Years is on display from Friday 8 September until Sunday 26 November 2023.
Analogue Kid, Silhouette of Memories and BSA 10 Years are Tweed Regional Gallery initiatives.
Spring Opening CelebrationsFriday 15 September | 5.15 pm for 6.30 pm speeches | Free
Join us for the opening celebrations for BSA 10 Years; Silhouette of Memories by Michael Philp; and Analogue Kid by Diana Miller. Guest Speaker Brett Adlington, CEO, Museums & Galleries NSW, will open BSA 10 Years.
Bookings essential: springopen23.eventbrite.com.au.
Meet the Artist: Michael Philp
Sunday 17 September | 2 pm – 3 pm | Free
Join artist Michael Philp in conversation with Curator of Public Programs, Meredith Cusack to gain insights into his practice and the exhibition Silhouette of Memories.
Bookings essential: MTAMP.eventbrite.com.au.
Analogue Kid Returns!Sunday 8 October | 11 am – 3 pm DST | Free
Join artist Diana Miller and create your own sculpture inspired by toys and games from the 70s & 80s. All materials provided.
Drop in, no bookings required.
BSA 10 Years Sunset Session Friday 27 October | 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm DST | $25
Join us for a special Sunset Session that takes you back to where it all started, with an evening of collage, wine and shared stories.
Bookings essential: SSBSA.eventbrite.com.au.
Michael Philp, Lois and Son 2023, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 122 cm, Image courtesy Michael Philp
Photo 1: Installation view BSA 2023Caption: Installation view of works by Emma Walker, Christine Willcocks and Michael Cusack at Byron School of Art, 2023. Photo: Michelle Eabry.
Photo 2: Thingiverse II 2023Caption: Diana Miller, Thingiverse II 2023, vintage lego, marbles, dominos, timber noughts and crosses, draughts, 21 x 13 x 7 cm, Image courtesy Diana Miller.
Photo 3: Lois and Son 2023Caption: Michael Philp, Lois and Son 2023, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 122 cm, Image courtesy Michael Philp.
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