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BEN HELLEWELL West Australian born, Myocum-based emerging artist and sculptor, Ben Hellewell has developed a unique style, describing his work as an ‘imaginative collaboration’ with the natural world. An avid explorer, Hellewell spends much of his time in a meditative search foraging for ‘treasure’ along our vast coastlines and creek beds. Ben’s instinctive vision and child-like inquisitiveness enable him to transform his meticulously selected driftwood pieces and beautifully weathered timbers into unique works of art.
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The great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo once said, ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free’. Similarly, Hellewell’s unique intuition engages with the untold stories of these foraged timbers, giving them a second life and a new stage for appreciation. Ultimately his works encourage the viewer to ponder the idea that humans are not separate from nature but a fundamental part of it. Featuring Humpback Whale Father - Solitude: 1.5 metre wide, and 1.7m high, timber whale sculpture.‘East of Everywhere’ is Hellewell’s first exhibition.
‘East of Everywhere’ June 11 to July 11, 2021 Peek Gallery 7/8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 Opening night: 6–8pm, 11 June 2021 includes live music by Miss Renee Simone and eats by Karkalla, Byron Bay. All welcome.
A LIFE IN ART: MARGARET OLLEY A life in art: Margaret Olley is a new exhibition featuring artworks by Margaret Olley AC (1923–2011) from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection. Artworks included in the exhibition date from as early as 1938, when Margaret was just 15 years of age, through to 2011, the year of her death. A life in art is a unique celebration of Olley’s incredible career and her significant role in the history of Australian art. This year marks the 10th anniversary of her death, at 88 years of age. OPEN STUDIO +CERAMICS +PLANTS +VINYL SALE
‘Margaret Olley dedicated her life to art, not only as an artist but also as a philanthropist to regional and metropolitan public galleries and as a mentor to several emerging artists,’ Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, said. The exhibition will be on display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre at Tweed Regional Gallery from Saturday 1 May until Sunday 31 October 2021. 2 Mistral Rd, Murwillumbah South 6670 2790 artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
Margaret Olley A Life in Art
1 May – 31 October 2021
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Drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, this exhibition brings together artwork from each decade of Margaret Olley’s extraordinary career. John McRae (b.1960) Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington Studio (detail) 2011 photograph, 66 x 150cm Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., 2012 Tweed Regional Gallery collection © The artist
Free admission | Gallery open Wed–Sun 10am–5pm (DST) 02. 6670 2790 | 2 Mistral Road, South Murwillumbah NSW www.artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au | tweedregionalgallery
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