Inspired by the abundance of good life in the Tweed, creative people have flocked to live and visit here for many years, making works of art that tell stories of the region and its people.
With so many makers and musicians, performers and teachers living and creating here, it’s easy to get a fix of the arts, whether viewing, learning or purchasing a take-home piece.
A signature space, the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, delivers constantly changing inspiration in its six exhibition spaces that showcase local artists, travelling exhibitions and significant art awards and prizes. It also has a gorgeous Gallery Shop, research library, inviting cafe and the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.
A must for visitors to the Gallery is some time spent in the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) and Memorial Gardens, a tribute to one of Australia’s most-loved artists, known for her paintings of still life and interiors, who grew up in the NSW Northern Rivers region.
In Murwillumbah, housed within an industrious and eclectic hub known as M|Arts Precinct, is a spectrum of artists who are making, showing and selling their work out of re-purposed shipping containers. There are creative workshops on offer, art supplies on sale and film inspiration at the iconic art deco Regent Cinema.
From coast to countryside, you’ll also find an array of small but impressive galleries popping up, celebrating the works of talented local artists from painters and ceramicists to jewellers and printmakers.
Take in live music across the region from regular bands at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel to national and international touring performers at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Be sure to mark our arts and music events in your calendar, from the Murwillumbah Art Trail each May to the long-running Tyalgum Music Festival in September.