The doors are back open at M|Arts Precinct and the creative vibe is humming, with artists back in their studios, gallery walls alive and Italian goodness back on the menu at Bacaro.
M|Arts Precinct is in the heart of Murwillumbah, a gorgeous riverside town in the Tweed hinterland, dotted with art-deco buildings and set against the backdrop of Wollumbin Mount Warning and the Border Ranges. Just a 40 minute drive from Byron Bay and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast, it’s a must-do place to visit in the Tweed.
Guest blog by Jill Macfie, M|Arts Precinct
Visit the Tweed region’s great art galleries
Gallery DownTown at M|Arts Precinct – which displays works of Australian art from the Tweed Regional Art Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre – is open for inspiration! Scheduled exhibitions by regional artists Tim Fry and Rhonda Armistead have been extended, but only until July 5. You can also observe artist-in-residence Kathy Mackey as she works in the Long Gallery toward her upcoming exhibition. For now, only 15 people at a time can enjoy the galleries, but call and book a time or drop in.
Indulge at Bacaro, one of the Tweed’s finest Italian eateries
Georgia and Luca, the dynamic Italian couple behind Bacaro at M|Arts Precinct, have kept regulars well-fed over the past months by supplying take-away trays of their famous lasagne. You can’t fly to Venice, but a coffee or a meal at Bacaro is the next best thing – with 20 people currently able to be seated both inside and outside.
See the 2019 Swell Sculpture Festival Winner
You won’t be able to miss Prickles, the giant red barbed wire teddy bear sculpture which won the Swell Sculpture Festival in 2019 and is now happily perched on the roof of the M|Arts Precinct. Don’t forget to search down the back of the M|Arts Precinct to find another huge piece by the same sculptors – this one’s a giant wooden rat!
Meet the Tweed’s creative artists and makers
M|Arts Precinct is home to a range of maker and creators and has recently welcomed a new artist, Creation Saffina, for a 6 month residency via a grant from the Gold Coast City Council. Take a stroll through the Precinct, be inspired by watching at artists at work and buy an original work of art, hand-made jewellery or art books.
Shop for flowers, art supplies, yarn, board games or frame your own masterpiece
M|Arts is not just for looking, it’s also for take-home pieces and supplies. What better way to brighten these days than a bunch of freshly-picked colours from Flowerista, M|Arts’ on-site florist. Or for your unframed photos and paintings call in to see Cameron at Two Seas Creative framing (his partner Corinne will also bring her artist’s eye to help choose the best frames).
Yellow Brick Studio is also on hand to re-stock art supplies from its packed store or to inspire you to with a selection of art classes on offer.
Meanwhile, down the other end of M|Arts Precinct, Mill and Make are all about seriously funky yarns and patterns to energise woolly craft, while Cracklepoint Games are your go-to for board games to play in-store or buy for home. Or plan ahead and sign up for a creative sewing class with the Shire Seamstress.
There’s a lot more planned for M|Arts Precinct in 2020, so put it on your Tweed creative holiday to-do list and start mapping out your hinterland arts journey now!
For more details on what’s happening head to the M|Arts Precinct website.
Galleries Open Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Precinct Open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 1pm
Gallery DownTown: 0426 230 193
M|Arts Office: 0455 320 920
Bacaro Restaurant: 0499 146 578