art facts Gallery... During the intervening years, selected works are exhibited at the Caldera Art Gallery
art facts Gallery... During the intervening years, selected works are exhibited at the Caldera Art Gallery

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    NEWSLETTER VOL15 NO3 September 2014

    TWEED REGIONAL GALLERY & MARGARET OLLEY ART CENTRE Cnr Tweed Valley Way and Mistral Road Murwillumbah PO Box 816 Murwillumbah 2484

    P: 02 6670 2790 F: 02 6672 7585 E: Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

    Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in artifacts is obtained from a variety of sources and that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery Inc. or the Tweed Regional Gallery.

    Heather McLachlan ~ Editor

    Design: Hetti McDonald ~ 0421 952 983

    THE GALLERY CAFÉ Enjoy having lunch, morning or afternoon tea in the beautifully situated licensed café with its magnificent views over the Tweed Valley and the Border Ranges. View the artworks and treat yourself to delicious cakes and great coffee or a light meal and a glass of wine.

    The café is open from 10am - 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For your preferred table, time or group bookings, please phone 02 6672 5088.

    THE GALLERY SHOP has a beautiful range of jewellery, handmade pottery and glassware in a wide range of prices. The “View from the Balcony” postcards and bookmarks are ideal for gifts and souvenirs. Purchases at the shop not only boost the Friends’ contributions to the Gallery, but support Australian artists as well.

    This page is sponsored by The Murwillumbah Weekly Phone 02 6672 4443 and Print Spot Printing and Design Service Phone 02 6672 8370


    It has been lovely to see and hear our visitors responding so positively to the incredible linocuts of printmaker Rew Hanks. The exhibition The Prince, the Tiger and a Toad is engaging visitors, as they are drawn to the intricate work of this highly skilled artist. Rew Hanks is a Sydney based

    printmaker whose linocuts combine his dry wit and penchant for satire around social, political and environmental issues. There is so much detail in his work, and there’s no doubt his narratives are amongst the most complex and challenging in contemporary Australian printmaking. Historical references are a characteristic of the artist’s work. Rew’s work has received acclaim and he has been awarded many prizes. One of my favourite works, Krefft’s Chair, won the People’s Choice for the 2013 Burnie Print Prize. Krefft’s Chair visualises an anecdote about Australia’s first zoologist and palaeontologist Gerard Krefft. The story goes that when Krefft was fired from his post as Director of the Australian Museum in 1874, he refused to leave and was reputedly carried out from the museum while still sitting in his chair. What a way to go! I figure if I’m ever booted out of a position during my career, it would be a tempting way to exit the building! In Hanks’ most recent series, Cook’s Conquest, he addresses Australia’s cultural obsession with sport at the expense of art and the environment. He narrates the European invasion precipitated by Captain James Cook in 1770, and the invasion of the cane toads after their introduction in 1935. In the ironically titled Stop! There’s no need to shoot the natives Hanks engages with both the iconic 1902 image of Cook’s arrival by Emanuel Phillips Fox The landing of Captain Cook at Botany Bay, 1770 and a more recent 2006 post-colonial interpretation by Daniel Boyd, We call them pirates out here which presents an Aboriginal perspective. The Gallery is very lucky to now include this work, as well as Banks, which one is mine? in our collection, thanks to the generosity of the Friends. Thank you so much. As well, the Friends have decided to fund a two week residency for a regional artist. The artist selected, Gatya Kelly, lives and works in Mullumbimby and is a painter of still life, whose works often depict arrangements of sumptuous fruits. In her proposal Gatya stated that she wanted to use the residency as an opportunity to explore and absorb ‘something of Margaret Olley’s legacy to still life’. She also wants to produce, in the environment of the artist’s studio away from the business of everyday life, a body of work for a solo exhibition. Congratulations

    Below: Gatya KELLY Cherry Amour 2013

    oil on canvas

    A Chairy Tale


    Murwillumbah Railway Station

    Tweed River

    Mistral Rd


    This page is sponsored by Martine Brinsdon, Optometrist, Murwillumbah Phone: 02 6672 3284

    In October, Tweed Regional Gallery will present the much anticipated exhibition, In-Habit: Project Another Country. A collaborative art project, this exhibition invites all visitors and especially children to get involved, get those hands dirty and creative juices flowing. The Filipino-born, Brisbane based artists behind this fascinating work are husband and wife duo, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. Having migrated with their family of five children to Australia from the Philippines in hopes for a better life, the exhibition draws on their personal experiences of home, belonging, journey and memory. In-Habit: Project Another Country takes the appearance of a sprawling cardboard city that overtakes the Gallery, piled from floor to ceiling with towers, skyscrapers, laneways and nooks – all made from recycled materials such as used cardboard scraps, paper, tape, and glue. Upon closer inspection, visitors will realise that this magical metropolis is composed of hundreds of small houses, each made by hand and with their own unique details. Window frames, chimneys, attics and miniature hills-hoists can be spotted, as well as the occasional boathouse or Batmobile- home. Using the process of collecting and collaborating to express ideas of family and community, the artists work with local schools, children and the community to construct these small houses using only recycled cardboard boxes and found materials. The houses are continuously added to the installation as the exhibition travels from venue to venue across regional Australia, resembling a sprawling construction site or shantytown. The result is an ever- growing installation that embodies both real and imagined personal and shared stories. Nested within the cacophony of mismatched boxes is a multi-channel video work focusing on the children of the Badjao community. An indigenous ethnic group of Southeast Asia with a long history of nomadic seafaring, the Badjao are

    now among the displaced poor in the Philippines and are at risk of losing their identity as they integrate with their adopted, land-based communities. Inhabiting makeshift houseboats and stilt houses on coastal settlements along the Sulu Archipelago, the Badjao must seek alternative ways to survive while their severely underprivileged but quick-witted children have learnt to increase their takings as beggars by infusing foreign rap music with local dialect. They perform their spontaneous routines on the streets of Filipino cities revealing uncanny humour and ingenuity. In-Habit: Project Another Country references the Badjao and via their lived experience focuses on themes of displacement, adaptation and resilience. In-Habit: Project Another Country is an impressive display that is both fun and deeply emotive. Catch it at the Gallery from 18 October to 14 December 2014, with Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan hosting a suite of interesting activities and workshops at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October. In-Habit: Project Another Country is a Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation commissioned project, toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

    Above: Isabel and Alfredo AQUILIZAN In-Habit: Project Another Country 2012 Used transport cardboard boxes, packing tape, handcrafted cardboard houses, makeshift drums and sound, single channel video projection plus 5 LCD screen installation. Installation view, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Photo: Jacob Ring. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 2012. Image courtesy the artists.

    Above: Rew HANKS Stop! There’s no need to shoot the natives 2013 linocut Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc, 2014

    Within the border region of SE Queensland and the Far North Coast of NSW lies the spectacular Tweed Erosion Caldera, the best preserved example of this type of volcanic landform in the world. The word Caldera is derived from the Latin calderia (meaning ‘cooking pot’) and is a distinct bio-geographical area embracing the Tweed, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Kyogle, Lismore, Byron, and Ballina local government areas. In terms of flora, fauna and natural landscapes, it is one of the most diverse in Australia and justifiably has been granted National Landscape status by the Federal Government and Tourism Australia. It is known as Australia’s Green Cauldron. Caldera Art, as a community based organisation, seeks to contribute to public awareness of these regional biodiversity values and environmental conservation initiatives by conducting annual touring art exhibitions and programs. The region has many artists who are passionate about wildlife preservation and sustainable land use. Caldera Art 2014 presents the work of some of these artists, seeks to generate a positive emotional response to the natural environment and encourages the

    viewer to take an interest in what living things are to be