Gallery’s Margaret Olley treasures on show

FROM 17 August the Margaret Olley Art Centre will present a new exhibition Margaret Olley: from the collection curated exclusively from the Tweed Regional Gallery's collection.  

In preparation for the installation of this new exhibition, the Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) will remain open to the public, however from 10 August - 14 August visitors can enjoy the home studio re-creation only as there will not be an accompanying exhibition in the MOAC during this short period of time.  

Margaret Olley: from the collection reveals stories from Olley's eventful life and her enduring career.  

"The works illustrate stylistic evolutions in Olley's practice and reveal glimpses of some of the many places she travelled to, and some of the places she called home," said Gallery Director Susi Muddiman.  

The exhibition includes artworks by Margaret Olley (1923-2011) dating from as early as 1938 when Olley was just 15 years of age.  

The collection includes a substantial number of works generously gifted by the Margaret Olley Estate, following the artist's bequest of $1 million towards the development of the re-creation of her home studio within the Margaret Olley Art Centre - the third and final stage of the Tweed Regional Gallery.  

The majority of the artworks gifted by the Estate remained in Olley's own collection from the time they were created until her death in 2011.

"Visitors will have the opportunity to see works that Olley kept in her own collection for many decades," Ms Muddiman said.

"These were works that had sentimental value to her and that have become story holders for the events of her life. Works such as Kewpie Doll 1938 and The Lands Office, Sydney (cnr Bent and Loftus) 1967 have never before been on public display."  

Other artworks in this exhibition have been acquired into the Gallery's collection via the financial support of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund and as gifts to the collection by generous donors.  

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

For further details visit artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au


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