As you would expect in this 'Rainbow Region', a wide range of art and craft is available in the valley, and a variety of quality local galleries and studios are open to the public.
Mistral Road, Murwillumbah
With magnificent panoramic views of the Tweed Valley, the Gallery's new home has an education/workshop centre, four exhibition spaces, performance space, library and a café. The Gallery collects works of two main themes: Australian portraits of all eras and media, as well as works by regional artists depicting the local area. There are now almost 100 portraits in the Gallery's Australian Portrait Collection, 35 being from the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 1988-2000.
A truly remarkable recent addition to the gallery is the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC), whose namesake is Australia's most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. The MOAC combines paintings, objects, interactive multi-media drawing activity, research library and education workshop, but the centrepiece is the permanent recreation of the Hat Factory and the Yellow Room in Olley's famous home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. Original elements such as windows and doors are lend architectural authenticity to interiors which are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings.
Held each September, this festival has consistently engaged the area's finest classical musicians while also providing a forum for young developing artists. Over the weekend of the festival, the century-old hall pulsates with lyricism from solo dance to antiphonal brass choirs; from intimate soloists to a grand concerto finale.
Birdwing Cafe & Curios in Tumbulgum symbolises the Tweed Valley: beautiful, simple, natural and pure. Its fresh, delicious food is locally sourced and grown: freshly squeezed juices, coffee grown in the hills of Bangalow, Madura Tea from Clothiers Creek, homemade cakes and slices made from the freshest rainforest ingredients – all in a great location. Sit back in air-conditioned comfort and admire the Tweed River on their doorstep with views stretching from Mount Warning to the McPherson Ranges.
Admire an eclectic collection of second hand goods, books, records, collectables and art works – (almost) everything is for sale. This is one of the special places in the Tweed Valley.