The Art of the Northern Rivers

Northern NSW has long been associated with excellence in the arts, drawing some of Australia’s most exciting artists to the region to create works reflecting the breathtaking landscape.   

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRGMOAC), exemplifies this phenomena. The gallery perches overlooking emerald valleys just outside the town of Murwillumbah and boasts, apart from an amazing view, an airy café, gallery boutique and the iconic Margaret Olley Art Centre.  

In November and December, the gallery is featuring celebrated Sydney artist Joshua Yeldham’s jewel-like landscapes, created in response to the Northern Rivers environment whilst artist-in-residence at TRGMOAC. The strong lines and rich tones of Yeldham’s paintings are mesmerising.  

art of the northern rivers

Following Joshua Yeldham is The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi, by artist Frank Murri, running from 24th November 2017 to 22nd April 2018Murri’s creations use mathematical formulas, theorems and sequences to synthesize this unique series of dazzling design. 

Traditionalists will love the work of Murwillumbah artist Phil Barron, on show from 8th December 2017 to 25th February 2018. Public/Private captures private moments in the life of the artist in glowing oils, featuring iconic Australian images from domestic life. 

8th December 2017 to 25th February 2018 sees the travelling show TextaQueen: Between You and Me, arrive at TRGMOAC. Bringing together over thirty works, the exhibition highlights TextaQueen’s compelling fibre-tipped marker works on paper, as well as a new collection of photographs. 

After TRGMOAC, the travelling art lover could do no better than to visit Ballina and the friendly, café atmosphere of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery.  

art of the northern rivers

Currently on exhibit at NRCG is visual artist Katie Cross and her colourful works on paper, playfully documenting the ‘clutter of self’. Also exhibited is Judy Oakenfull’s Nature Portraits, exploring the place where nature meets humanity. Lastly, Louise Fulton presents her ceramic collection Finding Furuta, reflecting her time as artist-in-residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Studio in Japan. 

To finish a delicious fine art tour of the beautiful Northern Rivers, relax at the gallery café, for delicious gourmet meals and cakes, or simply a cup of truly excellent coffee. 

Visit Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRGMOAC)
Phone: 02 6670 2790

Visit Northern Rivers Community Gallery
Phone: 02 6681 6167