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Upcoming Public Programs and Events

Gallery 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 ¦ 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.

Thursday 21 September Surprise! 21st Les Peterkin Portrait Prize

3.30pm - 5.00pm Opening Celebrations ¦ Free
All exhibitors, family and friends are invited to attend the official opening. Shorty Brown, the silliest clown around, will be creating balloon animals and magic. Young cartoonist Ella McDermott will create caricatures for 6 lucky-ticket winners and the Friends of the Gallery will provide light refreshments.
4.30pm Official opening by Mrs Janelle Cloherty, Principal, Tyalgum Public School followed by the Announcement of Winners and Prize Giving by Ms Marianne Galluzzo, Prize Co-ordinator; Mrs Penny Hall, President, Friends of the Gallery; and Mr Les Peterkin.

Sunday 24 September Surprise! Portraits with Marianne Galluzzo

10.30am - 12.30pm Family art making in the Gallery Foyer
Create and reveal a colourful portrait. Children must be supervised.

Thursday 28 September An Evening with Wendy Whiteley ¦ Tickets: $35 / $30 Friends of the Gallery

5.30pm (for 6.15pm)
Join the Friends of the Gallery for light refreshments, followed by Wendy Whiteley in conversation with Maud Page, Deputy Director & Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Limited seating. Bookings essential: 02 6670 2790.

Friday 29 September New Exhibitions ¦ Free

6.00pm (for 6.30pm) Official Opening
All are welcome to join us for the official opening of Caldera Art 2017 by Tweed Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Chris Cherry, followed by the opening of Brett Whiteley: other places (somewhere else) by Wendy Whiteley.
Welcome to Country will be performed by Deidre Currie, Descendant of the Traditional Custodians of this land.

Sunday 8 October Artists and Biodiversity ¦ Free

10.30am DST Exhibition Talk: Caldera Art 2017
All are welcome to join artists Greg Mulheran, Kim Godfrey, Greg Newland and Jenny Porter for an insight into their practice. Hear from Mark Kingston, Programme Leader - Biodiversity & Ecological Assessment, Tweed Shire Council about biodiversity in the Tweed and why this exhibition is an important part of Council’s biodiversity and conservation awareness strategy.

Wednesday 1 November Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors ¦ Free

9.30 – 10.30am DST First Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time)
Children six months to five years, and their carers, are invited to join this Drop In guided Art Play session with an environmental focus inspired by Caldera Art 2017. One adult with each child please. Next playdate Wed. 6 December.

Sunday 5 November WHITELEY the documentary ¦ Tickets: $15/$12/$10

4.00pm DST at the Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah 2484
Enjoy an introduction to the documentary by local printmaker David Preston, who shared a friendship and unique collaboration with Brett Whiteley.
Tickets available on the website:

Wednesday 8 November WHITELEY the documentary ¦ Tickets: $12/$10/$8

7.00pm DST at the Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah 2484
Tickets from the Regent Cinema. Phone: 02 6672 8265

Wednesday 1 November Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free

9.30–10.30am DST first Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time) | Drop In
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. Next Playdate: Wednesday 6 December.

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

Printmaking Workshop for Adults with Jay Foley | $160

Two Saturdays 9 & 16 September Intaglio Etching with Jay Foley
Explore paper plate etching and mono-printing with this experienced teacher. Etching press, cotton fibre paper and all tools provided. Sat 9 Sept: 10.15am - 4pm & Sat 16 Sept 10.15am - 3pm.
Contact to confirm your place 3 weeks prior.

Medieval Cord Binding with Liz Powell | $95

Sunday 15 October 10.30am - 4.30pm DST Book Binding with Liz Powell
Medieval Cord Book Binding was used in ledgers and other large books from the 13th century onwards and allows for binding a large number of pages. Sections of the book are joined into a volume stitched across cords running across the spine. These become a feature of the finished appearance. In this workshop participants will create a small book whose covers fit into the palm of the hand. Experiment with surface finishes to enhance the final appearance of our book.
Suitable for beginners to experienced. Bookings Essential - Materials List supplied - call 02 6670 2790.

Fandango – The Encore with Marilyn Reeman | $125

Saturday 18 November 10.30am - 4.30pm DST Mixed Media with Marilyn Reeman
Open a window to engage all the senses through spontaneous mixed media mark making to music.
Bookings / 0419 656 609.

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

Wear art suitable clothing & shoes. Bring a drink and lunch or a snack as appropriate. Bookings Essential for all classes.
* SAVE $3 per child when booking two or more children into Gallery run workshops.

Thursday 28 September Creative Workshop with Carleen Joy
10.00 – 11.30am Treading Lightly | Ages 5-8yrs | $18 ($15*)

Children will be led on a walk into the Gallery grounds before creating an artwork about where their feet have been! After making a tracing around our feet we will draw all the things that we did or might have walked across, thinking about the plants and creatures that we share our planet with. Maximum 8-10 children.

Thursday 28 September Inspiring Workshop with Carleen Joy
12.30 - 3.00pm Field of Flowers | Ages 7-13yrs | $27 ($24*)

Working with oil pastels and paint, the class will work collaboratively to create a large artwork representing a field of flowers. Students will follow Carleen’s instructions on the number and type of marks and shapes to make before they move on to work on a new area. Communication, coordination, listening and looking will be essential. Children will need to think about how the marks they are making will add to what is already drawn to create the outcome of a field of flowers. When the artwork is completed each child will use a cardboard frame to select one or more sections to cut out, mount and keep. Maximum 12 children.

Thursday 5 October BRICKS 4 KIDZ® ‘Robotics 101’ LEGO® Workshop | Ages 7 | $89
9.30am-4.00pm Bookings: School Holiday Programs

The BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Junior Robotics workshop offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming so your creation can do exactly what you tell it to! Using WeDo® software this workshop provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will assist children to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. This fun, action-packed one day workshop combines real-life with real-kid fun. All children will take home a B4K gift. Maximum 12 children per workshop.

Friday 6 October Monochrome Portraits with Sharon Muir | $50 ($47*)
10.00am-3.00pm complete beginners to some experience | Age High School

Paint a convincing likeness of a person or animal, learning the basics of painting tonally; starting with an A4 size black & white photocopy and working with gouache (opaque watercolour) onto paper. Bring your own B&W picture of a clearly viewable face of a person or animal or select from the tutor’s folio of images. Wear art suitable clothing. Bring lunch & drink; fine mist spray bottle. Maximum 10 teens. * SAVE $3 per child when booking multiple children / classes.

Regular Events

Wednesday – Sunday Gallery for kids | Free

Drop in activities during gallery hours: Drawing in the Foyer ¦ MOAC Kid’s Guide ¦ Digital artworks & symphony on the Margaret Olley Art Centre iPads.

11.30am Daily Guided Tours of the Gallery | Free - donations appreciated

Meet your guide in the Gallery foyer for an enjoyable and informative look at current exhibitions. Individual bookings are not required. Groups of 10 or more, clubs, schools etc., must book in advance on 02 6670 2790 or

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.

The Gallery Café

Wednesday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm | 02 6672 5088
The Café is open for breakfast and coffee each morning before the Gallery opens.
Friends of Gallery show membership card for 10% discount.

Murwillumbah Bridge Club

Mondays 9.30am - 1.00pm | Info Jay Faranda 02 6679 7142
Exercise your mind, make new friends, challenge yourself.

Life Drawing with Shirley Kennedy

Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm | $30 | Info 0475 906 849
All levels welcome, BYO materials.
Last Updated: 10 September 2017