IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT ART POST UKI A very special exhibition – Christmas at the Post Office

Nov 2, 2019 | Media Release

As a way of celebrating two successful years, Art Post Uki’s next exhibition, Christmas at the Post Office, will be officially opened on Thursday 5th December. This new exhibition will feature the work of all 14 artists who have had solo exhibitions between February 2018 and December 2019.

The artists are: Susan Kinneally, Barb Suttie, Julia Collingwood, Matt Ottley, Tina Wilson, Vrinda Gleeson, Michael Willard, Dieter Irving, Heather McClelland, Marta Speer, Marie France Rose, Janet McKay, Christine Mellor and Lynden Stone.
(Brief details of each artist and their work is attached – images are available)

Since its first exhibition in February 2018, Art Post Uki has achieved sales of approximately $24K, which has helped support these artists and given them unprecedented exposure. Each exhibition runs for six weeks and all work is for sale. As at 1st December 2019, exhibition space is fully booked from January 2020 til March 2021.

An added exciting element to the Exhibition Opening is that Art Post Uki will officially launch their Online Gallery Shop. The Gallery Shop will exhibit the available work of all 14 artists giving them the opportunity to sell, market and increase their profile and presence to the wider community both locally and nationally.

Although the Exhibition space is currently booked through until March 2021, Post Master Gary Wall and Curator Sue Kinneally have retained a period mid year for an Exhibition by the students of Uki Primary School, who in 2020 will celebrate their 125th Anniversary.

If you are looking for something different to do over the Christmas/New Year break take a drive out to the Historic village of Uki, have a look at the Art in the Post Office, sample some of the Post Master’s own coffee blend, Bastion Lane, check out the shops and have some lunch. We’ll look forward to seeing you.

For further information contact:
Gary Wall (Post Master, Art Post Uki) 0402 469 807 / (02) 6679 5101
Sue Kinneally 0435 030 114
Website Facebook #ArtPostUki

Art Post Uki is committed to displaying the work of the talented artists of the local area in what is a truly unusual venue. The exhibitions are selected by an independent panel and curated by local artist, Susan Kinneally, to ensure the development of strong ongoing community involvement and visitors to the town.


Susan Kinneally
Sue has lived and exhibited in Uki and the Tweed since arriving in 2013, after 30 years of teaching art in a secondary college in Melbourne. She has shown at the Regional Gallery (2017), with the Murwillumbah Art Trail and at Art Post. Her art is an exploration and celebration of the beautiful local environment.
‘Goanna’, is 76 x 30cm, pastel, graphite and charcoal on watercolour paper.

Christine Mellor
Christine’s work focusses on Memento Mori – an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death. Her work also involves using selected botanical items creatively presented in small and unusual ways.
3 Australian Blooms

Matt Ottley
Matt is an award-winning author and illustrator (and composer of orchestral music!) His show “The Art of Children’s Books” was the inaugural show at Art Post Uki.
“Symphony” Matt Ottley 39 x 68cm

Tina Wilson 
Tina has worked as a visual artist and graphic designer across Australia for over 20 years. While living in Perth she created Western Australia’s Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. As its founder and executive director for ten years, Tina has seen it grow into Australia’s third richest portrait prize.
“Dreaming of Freedom”  44 x 53cm

Heather McClelland
Heather and her husband Bryan arrived in Uki in 2010 and have cemented a place for themselves within the local community through art, refugee advocacy and music.
“Sunset Glow” Oil on canvas, 36cmx72cm

Julia Collingwood
Julia had a long and interesting career as an author and publisher, but always drew and painted. Now retired and living in Uki, she enjoys pursuing her passion for art.
“The Splendour Above” watercolour

Michael Willard
Michael works as a palliative nurse when he’s not painting. He seeks to achieve a deep emotional honesty and can be viewed as both challenging and beautiful.  His work is engaging on a deeply reflective level and is extraordinarily straightforward in its raw examination of aspects of human psyche in paint.
Portrait Study #1 and Portrait Study #2: Oil on paper.
Price $130 each.

Janet McKay
Janet Mackay is an emerging artist from Burringbar, working primarily with thread and fabric. She enjoys exploring ways of creating pattern and texture by using a variety of media along with the fabric and thread.
“Sunset Banksia” 33 x 33cm, fabric, wire, hand stitching.

Marie-France Rose  
From Quebec, Marie France has lived and worked in Australia since 1979. She has exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally. Her work celebrates the beauty of country life. Since settling Uki in 2007, she has matured artistically, sculpting and painting in her own way of 3D painting, and shares her knowledge through sculpture workshops held at
The village of Uki.

Marta Spear
Marta is a keen gardener and is also involved in land care, biodiversity and animal habitats restoration. She is a seed collector, upcycler and a tree hugger who loves Uki and the surrounding areas.  Originally from Poland, she studied Fine Art and Interior Design in Brisbane. Marta runs an art studio working on botanical art, graphic design and interior design projects.

Dieter Irving
Born in Austria and educated at the Academy of Art in Mannheim, Dieter arrived in Australia in 1971. His art has achieved considerable acclaim, winning a number of awards.  Dieter had one-man showings at Gallery 111, Spiral Gallery, Gallery Uptop and the Walter Reid Centre in Rockhampton. His work expresses his deep love for Australian light and landscape.
“Cathedral in Ruins” 37 x 70 cm mixed media on watercolour paper

Lynden Stone
Lynden Stone is a practicing artist, researcher and arts educator. She currently teaches visual art at TAFE Murwillumbah. Her colourful and appealing works reflect her adjustment from living in the city to the country…’relocating’ and getting to know the locals, cows and horses among the curious inhabitants.
Stokers Road, late afternoon 2019
50 x 40 cm oil on board

Vrinda Gleeson
Vrinda’s work is driven by an upbringing within a margin between two cultures and lives in India for part of every year and returns regularly to the Northern Rivers. By drawing from the stories and experiences of herself, her friends and community her work explores what identity looks like in a globalised world.
“The Little Cement Boy” 16 x 24 cm watercolour and guache on paper

Barbara Suttie
Barb is known as ‘The Mount Warning Artist’ and in her painting she shares the beauty of the area through her images. Captivated by the forces of the mountain and embraced in the arms of village communities she wields her brush with passion to bring a collection of works depicting landscapes.
Mount Warning Shadows

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Gary Wall (Post Master, Art Post Uki) 0402 469 807 / (02) 6679 5101
Sue Kinneally 0435 030 114