The Margaret Olley Art Centre (MOAC) is the third and final stage of the Tweed Regional Gallery.
MOAC celebrates the career, life and legacy of its namesake, Margaret Olley – Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.
MOAC combines exhibitions of paintings and objects, an interactive multi-media drawing activity, research library and education workshop, and is complemented by the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. Central to the MOAC is the recreation of areas of Olley’s famous home studio, principally the Hat Factory and the Yellow Room.
The recreation features original architectural elements such as windows and doors, relocated from Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The interiors are filled with over 20,000 items Olley collected over many years as subject matter for her paintings.
These combined elements offer a rich and dynamic context for Olley’s extensive artistic career.The home studio recreation is on permanent display while exhibitions of artworks in MOAC will change twice a year.View into the Hat Factory at the Margaret Olley Art Centre Interior View of the Hat Factory re-creation at the Margaret Olley Art Centre
Wednesday 17 September 2014 - Sunday 15 March 2015
The Yellow Room: Margaret OlleyMargaret Olley Art CentreThe recreation of Margaret Olley’s home studio is on permanent display. The Yellow Room
exhibition celebrates its name-sake — the small, unassuming, pale yellow room at the rear of the Victorian terrace that formed part of Olley’s home studio at 48 Duxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. The significance of the room to Olley’s life and work lead to its re-creation at the Margaret Olley Art Centre.
The exhibition features a stunning selection of yellow room still lifes and interiors from the early 1990s until 2011, the year of her death
It also features preparatory sketches and unfinished paintings that reveal more of the process behind Olley’s work.
Her process is the inspiration for an interactive digital painting program that visitors can use to create their own artwork in the MOAC.Margaret Olley (1923 - 2011) Yellow Room, Evening 1993 oil on board
Private collection, Brisbane, courtesy of Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane