The stunning portrait by Robert Hannaford, commissioned by the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation with assistance from the Friends of the Gallery and the Gallery’s donation fund, was completed as part of the artist’s exhibition Robert Hannaford: Open Studio, shown at the Gallery in late 2011 where visitors were offered the rare opportunity to see the artist and his sitter at work.
Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said the portrait was already a key work in the Gallery’s collection.
‘Margot is the longstanding patron of the Friends of the Gallery and wife of former deputy prime minister of Australia, the Right Honourable Doug Anthony, AC CH,’ Miss Muddiman said.
‘As most people know, Margot and Doug donated the land for the construction of the Gallery and reside on an adjacent farm.
‘The commissioned portrait of Margot is a suitable acknowledgement of one of the Gallery’s strongest supporters.
‘So many of our visitors enjoyed seeing this portrait in progress, I am sure they will be eager to return to see the finished product.’
Margot Anthony was born at Murwillumbah in 1931 and attended Murwillumbah Public School and Murwillumbah High School before completing her studies at SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying piano with Frank Hutchens.
In 2003, after many years of involvement in the world of art, music, politics and family life, Margot was awarded an Order of Australia for ‘service to the community for a range of arts organisations, particularly the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’.
After her husband’s retirement from politics the Anthony family became permanent residents of the Tweed. Continuing her support for music, Margot has been the foundation patron of the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music since 1991.
In 1988 Margot was elected as the foundation president of the Friends of the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery and served as president until 1992. From 1992 to 1996 she held the position of vice-president, and has been the hard-working patron of that organisation since 1996.
Margot has also been a valuable member of the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Board of Directors since 1988. Her wisdom and support in these roles has been an invaluable asset to the Tweed River Art Gallery.
Image: A portrait of Margot Anthony AM, one of the Tweed River Art Gallery’s strongest patrons, is a highlight of New Acquisitions to the Collection, the latest exhibition at the Gallery featuring over 70 new works.