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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Kingscliff

Artable

Discover the artist within at one of our visual art workshops. Artable specialises in introducing beginners to the world of painting and drawing through one-, two-, five- and 10-day workshops with a range of local, national and international artists. Take a one day workshop and learn to paint or draw whilst you are on holidays, or immerse…

Murwillumbah

Barb Suttie Art

Providing original oil paintings and experiential workshops at retreats, on location,venues or private sessions are my business focus. Journey with me to sacred places through my art and classes. Being a renowned Australian landscape artist I work either on location or in the studio.The richness of my work speaks clearly of my love of place…

Coolangatta

Café D’Bar

The d’bar team of chefs make sure our products are sourced locally prepared & cooked from scratch. Our creative & innovative team are apiring to give you the best produce at all times.  Offering a selection of fresh ingredients for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Offering a modern casual breakfast a fabulous variety of lunch including…

Kingscliff

Cinemax Cinemas

Cinemax Cinema located in the heart of Kingcliff and just opposite the beach, is an Independent Art House Cinema specialising in the very best International, Australian and Independent films. Gold Class service at reasonable prices

Cabarita Beach

Coastal Visions Photography Gallery/Cafe

Coastal Visions Photography gallery/cafe is a must see experience on the Tweed Coast. The walls of this boutique gallery/cafe are lined with spectacular oceanscape scenes from the Tweed Coast. Renowned photographer , Paget Thomson has spent thousands of hours on the local beaches documenting the area – he is often in the cafe serving up…

Uki

David Preston Artist Studio/Gallery

At the age of 12 I had my first view of Wollumbin and chose Uki as my spot on the map but it took 56 years and hundreds of paintings to respond. I am here now and have turned the ‘Blue House’ across the road from the Uki church into a studio/gallery. Visitors are welcome…

Murwillumbah

DoubleMask Youth Theatre Co.

DoubleMask Youth Theatre Co. is a youth theatre company with professional values and attitudes. The work presented are original works created by the students of DoubleMask. They have over 30 productions under their belt, and have worked with classic texts, musicals and improvised work. Be sure to check us out!

Tweed Heads

Gold Coast Tweed Tours

Gold Coast Tweed Tours provides a range of local area walking tours and small group bus day tours in the Gold Coast-Tweed region. Each tour gives participants an authentic experience relating to the interesting local history, geography, people, places and events that have shaped the Gold Coast-Tweed community. All tours include refreshments. Contact and book…

Murwillumbah

Green Cauldron Panorama

This stunning 20 metre long painting depicts the 360o  view of the Tweed erosion caldera from the summit of Wollumbin Mt Warning. Created by Andy Reimanis and a team of talented local artists, this artwork was a  year in the making (2012) and features accurate geographic detail as well as the birds of prey of…

Burringbar

Heath’s Old Wares Collectables and Industrial Antiques

Heath’s Old Wares, Collectables, Antiques and Industrial Antiques is located in beautiful Burringbar. Take a scenic drive and explore the Tweed hinterland through Murwillumbah, Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and beyond. Formerly located in Bangalow, Heath’s Old Wares is well-known for its eclectic array of industrial antiques, crates and boxes, baskets, bottles, cream cans, ladders and…