SUSI Muddiman, director of the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery.
SUSI Muddiman, director of the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery. Tweed Daily News

Art gallery exhibition on ABC TV

THE Tweed River Art Gallery will be thrust into the national spotlight this week when it features on the ABC program Collectors.

In an episode due to air on Friday, the gallery will feature in a segment about the exhibition Great Collections, which it hosted earlier this year.

Collectors, which airs weekly at 8pm, showcases a variety of collectable items and also lets viewers infiltrate the intriguing world of the collectors, offering insight into their quirky habits and obsessions.

In Friday's episode, freelance curator John McPhee will show and describe Great Collections, a travel- ling exhibition compiled by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

The major galleries, museums and institutions of NSW - including the Australian Museum, the State Library of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art - banded together to present their best treasures in the show, which offers a look into the history of collecting in Australia.

Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said she was “very excited” to have the gallery appear on the television program, of which she is a big fan.

“It's a great show,” Ms Muddiman said. “I love the program. The ABC crew were here for some time and really seemed to love the exhibition and the gallery.

“It was a big coup for us to be one of only five galleries selected to show Great Collections.”

The Great Collections exhibition is currently showing at Albury in Victoria, but was on display at Murwillumbah back in March.

“It was really popular because it used everything from (bushranger) Captain Moonlite's death mask to the first book printed in New South Wales,” Ms Muddiman said. It also had some beautiful bark paintings and Jurassic-period fish specimens.”

She said she had been eagerly waiting to hear when the episode would screen after the production team arrived for filming in March.

“The curator of the exhibition came up for the interview back in March, but they were here for a while so I am hoping the gallery will be on (the program) for at least five minutes,” Ms Muddiman said.

“The only thing I am worried about is if people think the exhibition is still here.”

The gallery has long been a Tweed tourist favourite, but Ms Muddiman is still looking forward to its exposure to a national television audience.

“Certainly in the two-and-a-half years I have been here it is the first time it has been on a national program,” she said.

Exhibitions currently on display at the gallery include Face to Face: Portraiture in a Digital Age and ARTEXPRESS and Three Views.



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