Arts + Culture

Arts + Culture

The Northern Rivers region of NSW is known for having the most active and diverse regional arts community in Australia.

The Northern Rivers proudly boasts more artists per capital than any other region in Australia. Local Tweed artists are particularly inspired by their natural surroundings, recreating the rich tapestry of mountains, rainforests, oceans, rivers, birdlife and native animals using every medium imaginable. We are also fortunate to have exceptional representation from local indigenous artists whose artworks tell the Dreamtime stories of our land and its creation.

The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is arguably one of the best regional art galleries in Australia…

In early 2013 a sum of $1 million was bequeathed to the Tweed Regional Gallery by the Trustees of the Margaret Olley Art Trust to establish the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) as an extension to the gallery. The MOAC is a the purpose-built centre that honours the express wishes of the late Margaret Olley that her artist’s studio and elements of her home and collections be re-created in a suitable venue. The MOAC at the Tweed Regional Gallery is a repository of a large number of the artist’s own works, including works in progress, ephemera and correspondence, currently in the possession of the Margaret Olley Estate. The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm.

The Tweed’s stunning landscape and its local flora and fauna are the main attractions at the Caldera Art Gallery in Murwillumbah.  Local Artist Andy Reimanis, the founder of the Caldera Art Gallery, has provided a fantastic opportunity for Tweed-based artists to showcase their works in a fully commercial gallery. The artworks specifically focus on the natural environment and heritage values of the Australia’s Green Cauldron National Landscape. The star attraction is the 20m Green Cauldron Panorama which offers a 360 degree view of the ancient Tweed caldera from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. The Caldera Art Gallery is located at the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre, open 7 days, free entry.

 

Museums

The Tweed’s colourful history is preserved by the Tweed Regional Museum, which presents a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley. Branches of the museum at Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Uki are also home to local historical societies.

In August 2015, the Murwillumbah branch of the Museum re-opened after major redevelopment. The award winning multi-million dollar upgrade, which had been in progress since late 2011, treasures the old and embraces the new. The historic 1915 building has been restored to its former glory and now flows into a spacious and modern exhibition area, with vibrant displays bringing Tweed’s history to life through stories of our past.  The Murwillumbah branch is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.

 

Art & Craft Markets

Nowhere is the Tweed’s outstanding pool of artistic talent more evident than at art and craft markets held every weekend throughout the region. Browse the stalls, talk to artists and pick up a lasting, individual memory of your visit. View and download the local market guide.

 

Studies & Art Classes

Unlock your creative talent and discover your inner artist. No matter your skill or age, art is for everyone. Artable at Kingscliff run classes and workshops all year round. Andy from Caldera Art offers regular weekend classes and private tuition. Take a sculpture class with accomplished Tweed sculptor Marie France-Rose or a painting class with well-known artist Barb Suttie. There are many other artists offering classes and tuition, you can find some of them at creativevillage.com.au

In August 2015, the Tweed Regional Museum (TRM) Murwillumbah re-opened after major redevelopment. The award winning multi-million dollar upgrade, which has been in progress since late 2011, treasures the old and embraces the new. The historic 1915 building has been restored to its former glory and now flows into a spacious and modern exhibition area, with vibrant displays bringing Tweed’s history to life through stories of our past.

 

Art Events & Trails

The Murwillumbah Art Trail is a week-long event that showcase over 60 established and emerging artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. The town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail which includes established galleries, artists’ studios, pop up galleries and public art.

The Tweed Fusion Weekend is a three-day event that combine a fusion of art, food, nature, music and encapsulates the beauty of the Tweed region. It incorporates a coastal creative trail at Cabarita Beach, an elegant art dinner at the Tweed Regional Gallery, an intimate country picnic, art workshops, music and much more.

The Treasurers of the Tweed mural is a public mural along the Murwillumbah flood levee wall that was painted to celebrate the Tweed Shire’s vast biodiversity. The flood wall itself stretches for almost 2km. The mural stretches 700m and is possible one of the longest of its kind in Australia.  From the bridge, walk south along Commercial Street to view the mural. You can also join celebrated local artists Andy Reimanis and David Adams for one of their monthly guided walks that takes in the Treasures of the Tweed mural, along with the Caldera Art Gallery, Green Cauldron Panorana and Budd Park. Booking essential – 02 6672 1340.

On the opposite side of the flood wall (river side) you can see the second longest, legal street-art wall in the world!

Caba Creative is a community collective that work to build a creative, vibrant & inclusive community. Throughout the year they organise and assist with a variety of events, activities, workshops, exhibitions and presentations. One of their most popular events is the annual Caba Creative Trail that brings the community together for a weekend of art, music and spirit. One of the fun projects they launched last year was the Play Me, I’m Yours piano that has been placed in shopping village for anyone to play.

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Murwillumbah

Tweed Creative Studios

The services we offer vary in content, aside from an acoustically treated rehearsal room with all equipment supplied. The studio has hosted 147 bands to-date since opening on the 1 November 2013. We facilitate workshops and lessons for guitar, singing, drums, piano, ukulele and even mandolin. We specialise in amp iPhone and guitar repairs, sales of…

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Murwillumbah

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River, the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) is the perfect place to visit to view first-rate exhibitions. The Gallery’s six exhibition spaces host a vibrant program of historical and contemporary touring exhibitions of national significance, alongside curated exhibitions of established…

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Murwillumbah

Tweed Regional Museum

Established in 2004, the Tweed Regional Museum operates from three locations: Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki.  Spanning the Tweed from the coast to the mountains, the branches of Tweed Regional Museum presents a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley. Admission to all branches of the Museum is free. Comprehensive displays at Tweed…

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South Tweed Heads

Tweed Theatre Company

The Tweed Theatre Company  began 13 years ago as an all volunteer, amateur company and has been delighting Tweed region audiences with its shows ever since. The Tweed Theatre Company produces three to four shows per year, a youth production, a musical and a play. Most of the talent is from the Tweed Region and many…

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Tyalgum

Viridian Arts

Viridian Arts is located in the front room of Tyalgum Village’s Community Hall and showcases works of art from members of the Tweed Valley Artist’s Cooperative. The display houses some unique textile art, featuring the iconic Wollumbin Mt Warning ‘Wullumbini Momoli’, ceramics and local landscapes. Whilst you are visiting Viridian Arts, take some time to…