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The exhibition, to be held at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, reflects on the penetration of the Art Deco aesthetic in all facets of art, design and lifestyle during the period and includes a broad array of media such as painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, poster design and decorative art, say exhibition organisers.

‘The National Gallery has collected important Art Deco material for more than 40 years, and we now hold a significant collection, covering a wide range of media, both Australian and international. This exhibition contains a rich and considered selection and I am delighted that we have been able to include paintings, works on paper, sculpture and examples of fashion from the period,’ added Nick Mitzevich, director of the National Gallery of Australia.

Opening invitation

Nick Mitzevich will be the guest speaker at the opening on Friday 31 May at 6pm and anyone interested in the period is welcome to join the celebrations at the Tweed Regional Gallery, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah.

To complement the NGA travelling exhibition, the Tweed Regional Gallery invited visual artists of the region to respond to the Art Deco architectural features of Murwillumbah. Their work is currently being displayed in Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah at the new satellite space Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, situated in the vibrant M|Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah’s CBD.

Walking tours

A series of Murwillumbah Art Deco Walking Tours will also be held throughout June:

Historical Walking Tour with Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM
Saturday 8 June at 10.30am. Book here. 

Photography Walking Tour with Justin Ealand
Saturday 15 June at 2pm | Book here

Drawing Walking Tour with Tamsin Ainslie
Saturday 22 June at 10.30am | Book here


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