Susi Muddiman at the Tweed River Art Gallery with artwork by award-winning Euan Macleod.
Susi Muddiman at the Tweed River Art Gallery with artwork by award-winning Euan Macleod. John Gass

Macleod gallery tour granted life

TWEED River Art Gallery has received $120,000 in Federal Government funding for the exhibition of Euan Macleod’s Surface Tension.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the initial $30,000 received from Visions of Australia in 2008 was to prepare the exhibition and the remaining $90,000 was used to transport the large paintings.

“We have enjoyed working on this exhibition and negotiating with over 30 private and corporate lenders to secure a fascinating selection of works for tour.

"This project would not be possible without the generosity of lenders, the enthusiasm of the participating host venues and the support of Visions of Australia,” Ms Muddiman said.

“This is approximately four times our normal funding.”

The touring exhibition began in Sydney last year and will continue on to Orange Regional Gallery, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Euan Macleod’s work has received major awards, including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006.

“It traces Macleod’s concentrated distillation of elements from both the Australian bush and the land of his birth, New Zealand,” Ms Muddiman said.

“Gallery visitors will witness the artist’s tense wrestle with duality – thick and thin pigments, Australia and New Zealand, father and son, absence and presence.”

Surface Tension is a display of 47 of Euan Macleod’s carefully selected works from 1991 until 2009.

It is Mr Macleod’s first major touring exhibition.

The gallery hosted the official opening of the exhibition last night, with floor talks by Gavin Wilson, curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display at the Murwillumbah gallery until March 27.



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