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One of Margaret Olley, Hyacinth c. 2000, oil on board, 51 x 61cm.
One of Margaret Olley, Hyacinth c. 2000, oil on board, 51 x 61cm.

The estate of the late Margaret Olley has gifted 14 works by the famed artist to the Tweed Regional Gallery’s to celebrate the anniversary of the official opening of the gallery extension named after her.

The announcement follow the release of figures which show the  Margaret Olley Art Centre has attracted more than 135,000 visitors since opening in March last year, almost doubling the gallery’s annual attendance figures.

To mark the gift to add to the centre’s collection, a selection of these works were displayed in the gallery foyer at a gala dinner on Saturday, 7 March.

Margaret Olley’s niece and representatives of the Margaret Olley Trust were among 75 guests at the event, hosted by the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation.

Also on display were gifts from the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery, the foundation as well as private donors.

The latest gifts from the estate included The Lands Office (1967) and Still Life with Seafood (1948) which both survived a fire in 1980 that destroyed the Olley family home Farndon in Brisbane and many of Olley’s early works.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the dinner provided an opportunity to thank the community for the triumph of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, praising the artist’s estate, the gallery friends and foundation for their ‘enormous contribution’ to the success of the Centre.

All new works will remain on display in the gallery foyer until 5 April.

Margaret Olley, The Lands Office, Sydney (Cnr Bent and Loftus) 1967, ink and watercolour, 60 x 42 cm, Gift of the Margaret Olley Estate, 2015.
Margaret Olley, The Lands Office, Sydney (Cnr Bent and Loftus) 1967, ink and watercolour, 60 x 42 cm, Gift of the Margaret Olley Estate, 2015.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Olley was born and raised in Lismore. Her Estate offered Lismore the chance to have her paintings and money for a gallery which we turned down. Now Tweed is lapping up the kudos and the extra tourist revenue. What a short sighted decision Lismore Council. The Rainbow region has a vibrant and excellent art culture and the opportunity to further this was wasted by lack of vision.

    • The Tweed Art Gallery is more suitable.
      The building and views are wonderful, with a pleasant drive when coming from the south direction.

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