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On Saturday 24 September, the Museum will transform from 4–7pm for its next Museum Up Late event, inspired by stories of health and medicine explored in the current exhibition Cure All.

Themed ‘The Body – Procedures, Patients and Passing’ – audiences can immerse themselves in a range of activities including interactive tours, live wall art, discussions on death care, collaborative drawing, Kids Surgery Station, along with live music, food and drinks on offer.

Museum Director Molly Green said the evening was designed to inspire curiosity, play and a deep appreciation of modern health care. ‘We are lucky to have one of the most wonderful cultural spaces right in the heart of the Tweed,’ said Ms Green.

Some of the curiosities on show at Tweed Regional Museum.

‘These nights allow us to celebrate not just the incredible space and collection but also the vibrant community we have amongst us and all it has to offer.

‘Audiences can explore our Cure All exhibition – an extraordinary deep dive into the intriguing history of health and medicine in the Tweed, complete with more than 200 incredible objects and photographs from the Museum’s own coveted collection.’

Live painting

Three local creatives will live paint an ‘exquisite corpse’ mural on one of the Museum’s walls. Watch Shannon Doyle, Madeline Hawkins and Michelle Dawson each paint a section of a body without seeing the others until the end. Audiences can witness the body grow across the evening, culminating in a strange and unique creature.

Audiences can also join Museum Curator Erika Taylor on an interactive exhibition tour that is sure to surprise, including live leeches, collaborative drawing and visiting the Waiting Room to ask those important questions and discover more about death care and reviving our ceremonies with Halie Halloran, founder of Paperbark Death Care.

During all the activities, guests can take a break and relax in the courtyard with a refreshing beverage from local brewery Spangled Drongo and tasty bites from Oki Foods, while listening to the repertoire of local musician and renowned guitarist Leigh James.

Museum Up Late is a series of evening events engaging audiences of all ages in a variety of themes and stories in the Museum’s exhibitions. Each Up Late event will be different to the last and present local and national speakers, live performances, workshops, community projects and more.

To register for the free event, visit: MuseumUpLateCureAll.eventbrite.com.au.

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