Major coup for Tweed art gallery
IN a major coup for art in the Tweed, The Tweed River Art Gallery will be the first regional stop for a new exhibition by renowned Australian artist Sidney Nolan.
The travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, will feature 80 works by the famous painter and provide new insights into Australia’s military history and identity.
Compiled and completed over two decades, the paintings are inspired by the Gallipoli campaign and underpinned by personal tragedy.
Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the Tweed community should be proud the gallery was selected as the first regional host of a “significant and compelling exhibition.”
“Nolan is regarded as one of the icons of Australian art history and it is an honour for the gallery to be selected as a venue on this tour,” Ms Muddiman said.
Tweed River Art Gallery exhibitions curator Gail McDermott agreed and highlighted the historical significant of the paintings.
“We are all very excited,” she said. “It’s our blockbuster show.”
Nolan donated the collection to the memorial in 1978 in memory of his soldier brother, who died in a tragic accident before the end of the Second World War.
“This series of works are pivotal because they represent such an important element of Australia’s past and Sidney’s personal connection to it,” Ms McDermott said.
One of Australia’s most innovative and prolific artists, Nolan was born two years after the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915.
Ms McDermott revealed that a special treat was in store for gallery visitors with the curator for the exhibition, Lola Wilkins from the Australian War Memorial, to present a floor talk both prior to the opening on January 22, and again on January 23.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to get an intimate insight into the exhibition and the meanings of the works,” Ms McDermott said.
Sidney Nolan: the Gallipoli series is on display at the Tweed River Art Gallery from January 22 to March 14, before travelling to other venues throughout Australia.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.