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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 - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilView into the Hat Factory at the Margaret Olley Art Centre

Interior View of the Hat Factory - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilInterior View of the Hat Factory re-creation at the Margaret Olley Art Centre

To celebrate the launch of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, Olley’s long-time friend and art dealer Philip Bacon selected paintings for display that span five decades of her enduring career.

This exhibition of paintings will be on display until 14 September 2014.

The earliest example, Delphiniums in pot c.1960, through to the most recent, Zinnias and striped cloth 2010/2011, show her fascination for form, space, colour and the unending variations of the qualities of light.

Jugs, vases, teapots, furnishings, fabric and flowers are arranged with exceptional skill. Combined, they transcend their functionality and individual decorative form. Fleeting moments become poignant mediations of the everyday – humble celebrations of humanity.

Gum Blossoms - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilMargaret Olley (1923 - 2011) Gum Blossoms 2007 oil on board
Private collection, Brisbane, courtesy of Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane










































The Margaret Olley Art Centre was built to honour the express wish of Margaret Olley following her passing in July 2011. The Margaret Olley Art Trust gifted $1 million to the Tweed Regional Gallery to establish the Centre as a purpose-built extension to the Gallery. In November 2011, the Federal Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot announced the Australian Government’s contribution of a further $1 million toward the funding for this project. Further funding was provided by the NSW State Government of $200,000; the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Ltd of $620,000; the Friends of the Tweed River Gallery Inc. $80,000; and Tweed Shire Council contributions of $1.1 million.
Last Updated: 29 April 2014