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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.


Sunday 18 June Artist 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.


Friday 30 June Opening Night: New Exhibitions | $30

6.00 for 6.30pm David Hockney: Words & Pictures and The Tweed Valley Weather Report
You are warmly invited to attend the official opening of Andrew Hmelnitsky’s The Tweed Valley Weather Report by Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman followed by the opening of David Hockney: Words & Pictures by
Helen O’Neil, Country Director, British Council Australia. Numbers are limited. Bookings essential: 02 6670 2790.


Saturday 22 July Opening Night: $20,000 Olive Cotton Award | Free

5.00 for 5.30pm Olive Cotton Award 2017 Opening and Announcement of Winner
View the exhibition and hear the winner announced by the 2017 Award Judge Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator Photography, National Gallery of Australia.


Wednesday 2 August Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free

9.30–10.30am 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 September.


Friday 4 August Surrender and Endurance | Free

4.00pm Joshua Yeldham will present an Exhibition Floortalk on his survey exhibition Surrender in the Anthony Gallery, followed by a preview of Endurance, a display of new work inspired by his time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio, on display in the Friends Gallery.
5.00pm Enjoy refreshments in the Peter and Judy Budd Foyer in celebration of both exhibitions. This event is in partnership with the Byron Writers Festival.


Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 August Andrew Hmelnitsky | Free

10.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00 - 5.00pm daily Experience the evolution of a painting over five days. From his vantage point in the Gallery foyer, artist Andrew Hmelnitsky will work on a series of canvases, including one which he’ll revisit each day to capture the late afternoon light. Andrew’s style is impressionistic and his preference is to paint en plein air. Andrew will be happy to chat to the public as he works.


Saturday 19 August David Hockney in Pictures | Free

2.00 - 3.30pm with John Hockney Please join us in the Frances Mills Education Centre for an illustrated talk by the artist’s brother John Hockney. This chronological journey through the breadth of David Hockney’s career includes the artist’s little known early works and his current exploration of digital technologies. Limited seating – to secure your place please book on 02 6670 2790.


Saturday 19 August Gallery Up Late | Free*

5.00 - 8.00pm Enjoy after-hours access to the Gallery and Café. *Admission charges apply to the exhibition David Hockney: Words & Pictures.

6.30 – 7.30pm In Conversation | Free

Join Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM in conversation with Paul Brinkman, Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and John Hockney, brother of David Hockney, as they reflect on Hockney’s career, his exploration of digital technologies, and the exhibitions David Hockney at Tate Britain and David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Gallery Café will be open for the evening
5:30-6:30pm
Wine and tapas menu – drop in for a drink and a nibble.
7:30-9.00pm Supper menu - Bookings essential-02 6672 5088 (Wed-Sun).


Sunday 27 August Joshua Yeldham on Endurance | Free

2.00pm Join this unconventional artist for an inspiring session as he talks about his learning journey: finding a path through the standard school system and overcoming literacy challenges.


Wednesday 6 September Gallery Playdate for Small Visitors | Free

9.30–10.30am 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 1 November.


Creative Workshops for Children - Bookings 02 6670 2790 / at the Gallery / tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au or as stated

Friday 7 July Magnificent Monochrome | Portraits with Sharon Muir | Bookings 02 6670 2790 | $47

10.00am-2.30pm High School Age - complete beginners to some experience
Paint a convincing likeness of a face, learning the basics of painting tonally; starting with an A4 size black & white photocopy of a face and working with gouache (opaque watercolour) onto paper. Bring your own picture of a family member, friend or self- portrait; or select from the tutor’s folio of faces. Please wear suitable clothing and closed in shoes; bring lunch & drink; fine mist spray bottle; OPTIONAL A4 or A3 sized black and white photocopies of a clearly viewable face.


Thursday 13 July Remote Control Mania | $79

9.00am-3.30pm BRICKS 4 KIDZ® LEGO® Workshop | Ages 6
Making it move is the name of the game at this exciting workshop! Kids will love to see their creations in motion using LEGO® wireless remote controls. Use fascinating and challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more. Take home a B4K cap, t-shirt, or other B4K merchandise. Maximum 12 children per workshop. To book visit website www.bricks4kidz.com.au/currumbin School Holiday Programs.


Friday 14 July Portrait Workshops with Carleen Joy | Bookings 02 6670 2790

* SAVE $3 per class when booking two or more children or workshops on this date *

10.00am – 12noon Print It | Ages 5-8yrs | $23 (*or $20 when booking two or more children)
Draw and print a portrait of someone special – from memory or bring a photograph.
Start with a line drawing, then make a print of your portrait. Add in the features using coloured oil pastels. Bring morning tea and a drink, wear suitable art making clothes and closed in shoes.

1.00 - 3.30pm Mix It Up | Ages 7-13 | $27 (*or $24 when booking two or more children)
Following a short exhibition visit to David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print, we’ll focus on line, texture and colour as you create a portrait of yourself in your favourite landscape. This might be the beach, bushland or an urban landscape – wherever it is you like to be.
Starting with printmaking for the base we’ll then explore adding charcoal, ink and oil pastels to build your idea in layers. Bring afternoon tea and a drink, wear suitable art making clothes and closed in shoes.


Creative Workshops for Adults - Bookings 02 6670 2790 / at the Gallery / tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au


Printmaking Workshop for Adults with Jay Foley

Two Saturdays 9 & 16 September Intaglio Etching with Jay Foley ¦ $160
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 jayfoley9@gmail.com to confirm your place 3 weeks prior.


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

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 tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au

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 / GalleryEducation@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Until 16 July 2017 MemoryScape self guided tours | Free

Viewing artwork can engage, stimulate and ignite memories. People with dementia and their families/carers are invited to take the MemoryScape self-guided tour of A – Z: works from the collection.

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: 11 June 2017