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The Gallery will reopen on Friday 7 April, following severe flooding in the area.
Please take care on the roads - there has been significant damage to Tweed Valley Way.

Upcoming Public Programs and Events

Please note the Gallery will be CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY 14 April. We are always closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Daylight Savings Ends early Sunday Morning 2 AprilGallery public programs are free unless stated otherwise. Your gold coin donation is much appreciated and assists with program costs.
Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible - if you would like a tax receipt please make your donation to volunteers/staff at the reception desk.

Wednesdays – Sundays ¦ 10.00am - 5.00pm ¦ Gallery for kids |Free

Drop in activities during gallery opening hours ¦ Taking inspiration from Slipstitch, an exhibition of contemporary embroidery, use your pencil as a thread and draw stitches to make a picture that looks like sewing. ¦ Work through the activities in the MOAC Kid’s Guide. ¦ Create a digital artwork on the iPads while listening to a symphony in the Margaret Olley Art Centre. Please note the Gallery is closed on Good Friday 14 April.

Sunday 9 April Objects of Desire: Creative Clay ¦ Free

11.00am-1.00pm with Marianne Galluzzo
Visit the exhibition Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay to see beautiful bowls and pots in shapes like flowers, mountains and jars. In the Gallery Foyer make your own small clay pinch or coil built pot in any shape you like.

Friday 21 April Opening Night: New Exhibitions | Free

5.15pm David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print Preview Floortalk with the artist.
6.00pm Refreshments followed at 6.30pm by the Official Opening of new exhibitions: Colleen DaRosa’s Slow Light… Celestial will be opened by Michael Cusack, artist and teacher. David Fairbairn will deliver an address and officially open his exhibition David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print.

Sunday 30 April Reduce ? Reuse ? Recycle | Free

10.00am-2.00pm Tweed Shire Council and North East Waste
On average 50% of rubbish sent to landfill is food and garden waste. Reduce what goes in the bin: learn tips for reducing food waste and composting; take a closer look at recycling. Information and displays continue until Sun 7 May.
1.00-2.00pm Compost Workshop with North East Waste. Limited Places Bookings essential: Tarra Martel, Tweed Shire Council

Wednesday 3 May Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free Drop In Activity

9.30–10.30am first Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time) Children six months to five years, and their carers, are invited to join guided Art Play sessions relating to current exhibitions & programs. One adult with each child please.

Sunday 7 May Always the River | Free

2.00-3:30pm Poetry readings and live music
Enjoy poetry readings by Dangerously Poetic Press featuring local poets reading from their latest anthology, Always the River, Poetry about Change from Byron Bay And Beyond and the lush harmonies of The Songbirds.

Tuesday 16 May Bus Trip to QAGoMA ¦ $50

Join the Friends of the Gallery to visit O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. Depart Gallery 8.30am or Tweed Heads Bowls Club 9.15am. Limited Places, Bookings Essential: Carole on 02 6672 4094.

Sunday 21 May Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever ¦ Free

11.00-11.25am Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir
Choristers will reprise the songs from Opera Queensland’s locally produced show, Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever, that was devised as part of Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project.
Program: Sugar in the Hold (Trad), Home Sweet Home (from Clari, The Maid of Milan), Wayfaring Stranger (Trad), The River is Flowing (Native American Folk Song) Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell), Chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco (Verdi). Music Director: Heather Martin OAM. Accompanist: Beth Brooks. Soloists: Sean O’Hara, Susan Gallagher, Mary-Anne McShane, Heather Martin, Anne McInnes, John Storey and Graham Higgins.
Limited seating provided.

11.30am-12.00noon Watling & Bates
Dr Kym Watling and Mr Geoffrey Bats will wander the galleries, with fiddle and banjo, performing original pieces including When Florence met Frank, as performed in Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever.
This event was originally to be held on 2 April but was postponed due to flooding.

Thursday 25 - Tuesday 30 May Murwillumbah Art Trail

The Gallery is participating in this exciting week of contemporary art exhibitions and events featuring over sixty visual artists from the Tweed Valley and surrounds. For more info visit

Sunday 28 May In Conversation: Colleen DaRosa ¦ Free

2.00pm Join Colleen DaRosa in a Q&A with Anouk Beck, Public Programs Curator, discussing the artist’s process and motivation.
Wednesday 7 June Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free
9.30–10.30am Children six months to five years, and their carers. ¦ Drop In

Wednesday 7 June Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free Drop In Activity

9.30–10.30am first Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time) Children six months to five years, and their carers, are invited to join guided Art Play sessions relating to current exhibitions & programs. One adult with each child please

Friday 9 June 2017 Gallery Up Late ¦$10 / $7 for Friends of the Gallery and Students*

Book by Sunday 4 June on 02 6670 2790 Wed-Sun or book and pay through PayPal at
5.00-6.15pm Enjoy after hours access to the Gallery and Café.
6.15 (for 6.30pm) –7.30pm Panel Discussion: Reflections of Olley.
Hosted by Nick Mitzevich Director, Art Gallery of South Australia. Panellists Ingrid Hedgcock, Curator, Margaret Olley Art Centre and artists Danelle Bergstrom, Nicholas Harding and Adam Knott will share reflections about much-loved artist, mentor and muse Margaret Olley.
The Gallery Café will be offering a tapas menu from 5.00-6.30pm and a dinner menu from 7.30-9.00pm. Dinner bookings essential on 02 6672 5088, Wednesday-Sunday.

Sunday 11 June Community Stitch Up ¦ Free

11.00am in the Gallery Foyer
Bring your craft project along for discussion and sharing. Meet other makers, pick up some new ideas and enjoy time spent nurturing your current passion or a neglected piece you would like to finish.

Sunday 18 June Artist’s Talk: Echo ¦ Free

11.00am Guy Maestri on Objects and Inspiration
Join the artist for discussion on his exhibition Echo, with direct reference to some of the treasured pieces from the Gallery’s collection of objects from Margaret Olley’s home.

Creative Workshops for Children - Bookings 02 6670 2790 / at the Gallery / or as stated

Thursday 20 April BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventures LEGO® Workshop | ages 5-12 yrs | $45 / $79

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™ this workshop using LEGO® bricks is packed full of BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models that will make your child’s imagination blast off! Children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the program includes LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models.
Half day 9am-12pm or 12.30pm-3.30pm ($45) and full day 9-3.30 pm ($79). Maximum 12 children per workshop.
For full day bookings children will get to take home a B4K pencil case or high bounce ball.
To book visit the website School Holiday Programs.

Friday 21 April Fantastical Bugs with Sharon Muir | ages 9-12 yrs | $34 (or $29*)

Morning: 9.30am-12.30pm or Afternoon: 1.30–4.30pm
Create your own fantasy bugs inspired by the natural world. Working with gouache (opaque watercolour), experiment with different ways of applying the paint to paper. Learn techniques to mimic the markings and textures of bugs. Have fun painting and naming your very own bug species. Bring: a snack & drink.
Bookings 02 6670 2790 * SAVE $5 per class when booking two or more children or workshops

Creative Workshops for Adults - Bookings 02 6670 2790 / at the Gallery /

Sunday 23 April Face On – Portraiture with David Fairbairn | $130

10.00am-4.00pm Drawing and Mixed Media ¦ Adults
**Fully booked, Waitlist only**
Extend your ideas and skills to achieve a more emotive and individual response to portraiture, using yourself as a life model.
Download full description and materials list here: WORKSHOP DAVID FAIRBAIRN (387kB PDF).

Sunday 21 May Drawing from Nature with Sharon Muir | $90

10.00am-4.00pm ¦ Adults beginners and intermediate - some previous drawing experience helpful
Draw inspiration from nature whilst learning the fundamental skills of drawing. Participants will be shown a range of pencil techniques and encouraged to experiment with graphite pencils, combined with other media, to create interesting effects. This is a wonderful opportunity to investigate the incredible diversity of forms and textures of the natural world. The tutor supplies specialist materials.
Download full description and materials list here: WORKSHOP SHARON MUIR (348kB PDF) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Weekend Printmaking Workshops for Adults with Jay Foley

For information on future workshops: 02 66847143 or

Regular Events

11.30am Daily Guided Tours of the Gallery | Free

Meet your guide in the Gallery foyer for an enjoyable and informative look at current exhibitions. Individual bookings are not required. Groups, clubs, schools etc., please book on 02 6670 2790 or

Until 16 July 2017 MemoryScape self guided tours | Free

Viewing artwork can engage, stimulate and ignite memories. People with dementia & their families/carers are invited to use our MemoryScape self-guided tour sheet when viewing the exhibition A - Z: the alphabet in art.

Gallery Playdates for our Small Visitors | Free

9.30am–10.30am first Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time) Upcoming dates: Wednesday 3 May, Wednesday 7 June
Children six months to five years, and their carers, are invited to join guided Art Play sessions in the exhibitions.
One adult with each child please. No Bookings required.

Guided Tours of the Gallery 11.30am Wed-Sunday | By Donation

An enjoyable and informative introduction to the Gallery and exhibitions. Groups (10 ) must book in advance: 02 6670 2790 /

The Gallery Café

Wednesday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm | 02 6672 5088
Friends of Gallery show membership card for 10% discount

Murwillumbah Bridge Club

Mondays 9.30am - 1.00pm | Info Jay Faranda 02 6679 7142

Life Drawing with Shirley Kennedy

Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm | $30 | Info 0475 906 849
All levels welcome, BYO materials.
Last Updated: 06 April 2017