Murwillumbah to come alive with art and culture in May

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT) organisers Annie Long and Natascha Wernick announce the new MAT program and encourage the community get involved and invite their regional friends and family to join them in the MAT activities.  From May 25-30 Murwillumbah Town Centre will come alive with Art and Creative activities. 

Over 90 artists will be exhibiting this year in over twenty Murwillumbah Art Trail sites. The public are encouraged to get involved by visiting the exhibitions, participating in the 3D chalk art fun, enjoying the shop front and building projections on the Saturday night Taste the Tweed Street event and join in some of the new and exciting events program.

The MAT will be in its third year and is a growing event which is forecast to bring $400,000 to the Murwillumbah economy over the next three years. It is an event that this year has included more business participation through sponsorship and is delighted in the support of over 20 business sponsors, including Destination Tweed and the Tweed Shire Council.

“Many of these businesses and artists will have suffered in this recent natural disaster, and we hope that MAT will provide welcome relief and the economic injection, that they will need.  The community has come together so strongly and resiliently. I think MAT will provide a welcome chance for relief and celebration,” organiser Natascha Wernick said.

This year the event has developed a series of exciting ticketed events and grown its market base.  The MATours is a chance for visitors to Murwillumbah to experience MAT through the eyes of a local guide.   These daily 4 hour guided bus or walking tours providing the visitor with the chance to meet the artists, hear about about the history and art deco architecture, dine at selected restaurants, drink good coffee, relax and have a laugh, and delight in the full MAT Art and food experience.

The new “Opening night show” is one not to be missed by local culture lovers. On May 25th at the Regent Cinema, be prepared for a fabulous night of performance and shiny fun as we celebrate the opening of our third Murwillumbah Art Trail. A newly formed theatre troupe from Murwillumbah is creating a bespoke show for our opening night that promises to be entertaining, funny and ...motivational - a celebration of our Murwillumbah culture. Also on the program for the night will be "Sponsor's Private Selection” Awards.   This provides the opportunity for our Gold Sponsors to present an award to the artist of their choosing. 

For those culture lovers who are looking for something a little more intimate and indulgent you may like to book one of the limited seats on the VIP Progressive Gallery Dinner and Artist talks Friday 26th May. You will enjoy an evening degustation bus tour of the MAT 2017 galleries indulging in a sumptuous menu from one of Murwillumbah's finest chef's using our region’s top seasonal produce and selected wines, craft beer and Husk Distillers Ink Gin, whilst enjoying featured artists’ talks.

For those who are wanting a free fun kid friendly cultural night out you may like to join the “Celebrate Murwillumbah!”  Street Party Saturday night 27th May. MAT and Taste the Tweed have joined forces to provide a foodie Fest with the MAT group exhibition openings. New additions to this event will be several shop front projections and an architectural building projection onto the Southern Cross Credit Union building.

And finally, if this is not enough and you want to engage more in culture and art, visitors and locals are invited to join in a series of art workshops including painting, sculpture and jewellery.

MAT organisers are encouraging locals to be proud of their art deco town and creatives, invite their friends and family to join them for these 5 days and book their tickets early.  

 All information can be found at www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com.