Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers is excited to welcome local artists Jo Green and Andy Reimanis to the Murwillumbah Visitor Centre.
Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers is excited to welcome local artists Jo Green and Andy Reimanis to the Murwillumbah Visitor Centre. Blainey Woodham

Showcase for Tweed artists

DESTINATION Tweed has just secured an exciting new art showcase for the Murwillumbah Visitors Centre.

The centre will now host local artwork inspired by the unique biodiversity and cultural heritage of Mt Warning and the caldera.

Destination Tweed CEO Phil Villiers said the new art gallery was the perfect addition to the visitor centre.

“The Caldera Art Gallery will perfectly complement the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre’s status as the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron National Landscape and our World Heritage National Parks,” Mr Villiers said.

“Surveys show that visiting museums or art galleries rates in the top 10 activities that international visitors are seeking.

“We know that the Tweed has an extraordinarily diverse and talented artistic community, but there are very few commercial galleries in the region exclusively dedicated to showcasing artists passionate about the natural environment.

“As such, the Caldera Art Gallery represents exactly the type of tourism product that we need in the Tweed.”

Caldera Art was a product of the Tweed Naturally Art Awards, established by local artist Andy Reimanis.

“We are very excited that Caldera Art will soon have a permanent home and year-round exhibition space at the World Heritage Rainforest Centre,” Mr Reimanis said.

“Our long-term vision is to establish the Caldera Art Gallery as a showcase for high-quality, world-class artworks that will ultimately attract serious buyers and collectors from outside the region.

“Priority will be given to artists from the Tweed.”

The gallery is scheduled to open in July.

“Focus will be on region’s natural environment and conservation values.”