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The Gallery will reopen on Wednesday, September 15 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the Tweed.

Michael Kempson’s work ‘Presents with presence 2013’ features in the ‘Making their mark’ exhibition which opens at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre on 15 September 2021.

Drawn entirely from the Gallery’s collection, Making their mark celebrates the astonishing and powerful medium of printmaking.

The exhibition will encourage visitors to look closely at the marks, scrapes and scratches involved in the artists’ prints and discover and marvel in the beauty of the multiple.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said following the conclusion of the successful Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series exhibiiton, painters of a different kind had been busy giving the Gallery walls a fresh coat ahead of installation of Making their mark.

Visitors to the exhibition will be impressed with each of the artists’ technical skills, particularly when you consider what’s involved in the production of an original print.

‘Apart from the inherent draughtsmanship abilities required to realise their images, consider the engraving, the knowledge of the alchemy of chemicals, the expertise in engraving, and the precision in printing an edition of works,’ Ms Muddiman said.

‘These artists have each made their mark on the landscape of Australian printmaking and I am thrilled that so many fine works have made their way into the Gallery’s collection.’

The reopening follows news the Gallery has been named a 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award Winner by popular travel platform Tripadvisor – its highest honour. The award places the Gallery among the top 10% of traveller attractions worldwide.

‘We are thrilled to receive this award from Tripadvisor,’ Ms Muddiman said.

‘This award is special as it’s a reflection of our visitors’ experiences at the Gallery. The fact it is unsolicited feedback makes it particularly encouraging for us and a big thank you to all those who took the time to rate us.

‘I’m confident with this new exhibition and others in the planning, we will continue to delight and inspire those who visit our Gallery.’

Making their mark will feature at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until Sunday 5 June 2022.

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