Tweed River Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah

Performance and Exhibition in The Focus Macnaughton Gallery

Susi Muddiman, Director, Tweed River Art Gallery

Opening Speech, The Spectacle, 16th May 2009 (edited)

The Focus Macnaughton Gallery space is one that we reserve for artists of our region…I saw Kellie ‘in action’ for the first time at the opening of the fantastic Barratt Galleries in Alstonville. It was clear that Kellie had the ‘wow factor’ and her drawing performance was completely captivating. When Kellie put in a proposal for a show here I was both excited and perplexed as to how it would work in a static exhibition space. I was of course, silly to even doubt the proposal, as Kellie had come up with the idea of her show being a drawing ‘work in progress’ exhibition, with her series of performances adding to the exhibition as it went along. The idea really is genius and a credit to her. I hope you all had the opportunity to see her in action this evening. She really is a spectacle in herself!’