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Creativity soon to run wild in Murwillumbah

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Chalk art, like this piece by Amelia Batchelor, will be exploding from the side walks during the upcoming Murwillumbah Art Trail. Photo supplied.
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Murwillumbah is about to come alive with a burst of creative activity. The Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT) will take over the town between May 25-30.

As you follow the trail through the Murwillumbah CBD and South Murwillumbah, you will experience over 90 artists in permanent gallery sites, nine pop up exhibitions in empty shops and artist studios as well as the charm of the art deco architecture.

This year the massive Hutchison’s building will become an ‘Art Temple’ housing four of the pop exhibitions: Transcapes, Five Dimensions, Multiverse and Raw.

Raw is an exhibition of life drawing and the artists are all students in Shirley Kennedy’s weekly drawing group at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre. Artists and members of the public are welcome to take part in a life drawing event with a clothed model on Sunday 28 May from 10am to 1pm.

Community art project, Posts from the Big Flood, emerged from the recent Murwillumbah district flood waters. It will commemorate and celebrate local stories from this disaster zone as a community art exhibition. If you were affected by the flood you are invited to submit an artwork. This project is in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers, supported by Regional Arts NSW and will be opened by Deputy Major, Chris Cherry.

Visitors exploring the art trail can enjoy the work of 3D chalk artists in two locations around town on Saturday and Sunday. Artists Amelia Batchelor and Dom Intellizano will work their magic with their take on this year’s MAT theme ‘Past, Present and Future’.

Phoenix and River are looking forward to the the Butterfly Trail Children's activity. Photo supplied.
Phoenix and Willow are looking forward to the the Butterfly Trail Children’s activity. Photo supplied.

Children are invited to join earth learning artists at the ‘Ages of the Tweed’ mural on the Ley wall, Riverside. Kids can help draw, colour and display butterflies in the Riverside Park next to bridge Saturday May 27 from 10am.

Saturday night features a building projection in Proudfoots Lane (Commerical Rd end) by digital artists Di James and Peter Charuk. They have been inspired by the Tweed Regional Museum’s collection to create a unique visual experience from 6-9pm. There will be a welcome to country in front of the projection at 6pm by Uncle Magpie Yerrubilgin Songman.

Tickets close for the VIP Gallery dinner and workshops this Friday 19 May. This Is event is proudly sponsored by the Tweed Shire Council and Destination Tweed. For the full range of events and workshops click here.

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