New exhibitions by Amelia Reid and Michelle Dawson

Tweed Shire Council

Amelia Reid, Living Room 2021, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Justin Ealand

Michelle Dawson, Don Fernando’s Cunning Disguise, oil, texta, crayon and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 110cm. Courtesy the artist.
In Quiet by Tweed Shire artist Amelia Reid and Figura Subcinctus by Byron Shire artist Michelle Dawson open at Tweed Regional Gallery on Friday 7 May 2021.

In Quiet is an expression of Reid’s experiences and observations during the lockdown period. The artist considers the works as a documentation of time passing – exploring light, shadow and architectural features.

“In lockdown the experience of home was concentrated; we were bound to it. The functions of home clarified and expanded – a sanctuary, a site of performed domesticities, a liminal space transitioning into a changed way of being in the world together,” Reid said.

Figura Subcinctus is a continuation of Dawson’s fascination with the juncture where our civilised selves meet with our untamed, instinctual natures. The exhibition contains artworks that are themselves hybrid in nature, using a range of materials and employing Dawson’s preferences for myth, fairytale, history, natural science, costumery and a pinch of kitsch to ferment a shape-shifting body of work.

“My work is figuratively based and invariably incorporates animals. I am drawn to the aesthetics and lines of improbable looking creatures such as cheetahs, hyenas, dodos, Tasmanian tigers and kangaroos,” Dawson said.

“My love of reading, both fiction and non-fiction, also strongly informs my art practice and has been the catalyst for many paintings and drawings.”

Figura Subcinctus and In Quiet will open alongside the exhibition Void on Friday 7 May at 6pm with guest speakers artist Ree Hegh and artist Andrea Newton. Tickets for the official opening event are $20 and include entry into Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Bookings are essential due to current capacity restrictions, visit

In Conversation & Workshop | Sunday 13 June 2021 | 2-4pm | $20 | Bookings essential

Join Michelle Dawson and Dr Kellie O’Dempsey as they discuss naturalism and the absurd. Attendees will use collage and supplied drawing materials to create a metaphysical self-portrait or hybrid avatar.

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Drop In and Draw | Sunday 30 May | 11am-4pm | Free | Drop in

Working with light, shadow and architectural features in the Gallery explore abstracted forms with artist Amelia Reid in a relaxed environment. Capacity limits apply.

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