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Ask a local: Susi Muddiman OAM

17 December, 2019

Director of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Originally from Lismore, Susi was Director of the Grafton and Wagga Wagga regional galleries before returning home to lead the Tweed Regional Gallery. Susi led the development of the Gallery’s prestigious Margaret Olley Art Centre and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2015. She says it’s the artists, staff and colleagues, along with the generosity of philanthropists, that keep her passionate about the arts industry.

Explore: In my spare time, I head to M|Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah to browse exhibitions at Gallery DownTown, shop at the Makers Markets and chat to artists based in the Precinct.

Sip: I count champagne amongst my favourite pastimes! The cocktails at Halcyon House are beautifully made and come with a sea view. Bin 72 in Coolangatta is great for wine and a bite and, for coffee, I love Bacaro or Keith in Murwillumbah.

Eat: Breakfast at Bread Social or Ancora is a must and Bombay Cricketers Club for dinner is generous and delicious. I also love FINS Restaurant & Bar and Taverna in Kingscliff. If eating in, I’ll shop for fresh produce at one of our farmers markets and cook for friends. My go-to for cheese is Deb Allard’s Cheeses Loves You.

Shop: For beautiful, locally made gifts, I love to support the work of our fabulous makers at the M|Arts Precinct. OnKliff is a regular too — the owner Carla is a designer herself and has an eye for what styles work for each customer. I also love The Foundry in Murwillumbah.

Do: In my free-time, I visit galleries, immerse in the arts and support artists — I truly do live my passion for the arts!