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Upcoming Public Programs and Events

Please note the Gallery will be CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY 14 April. We are always closed on Mondays and TuesdaysGallery 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.

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 1 March (DST), Wednesday 5 April (AEST)
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 /

Friday 3 March Opening Night: New Exhibitions | Free

5.15pm DST Please join us for an Exhibition Preview Floortalk on the exhibition Slipstich with the Exhibition Curator, Dr Belinda von Mengersen.
6.00pm for 6.30pm DST Official Opening of four new exhibitions:
Maki Horanai’s At the edge of the universe will be opened by by Hillel Weintraub who has closely followed Maki’s work for the past 15 years.
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director, Opera Queensland will launch Tumbulgum & the Countdown to Midnight at the first supper Between Now and Forever.
Dr Belinda von Mengersen will open the NETS Vic touring exhibition Slipstitch
and Claire Sourgnes, CEO of Artisan, Brisbane, will officially open their touring exhibition Objects of Desire: Contemporary Clay.

Sunday 5 March Artist’s Talk: If These Halls Could Talk | Free

11.00am DST Peter Wood and Craig Walsh
Join Arts Northern Rivers Executive Director, Peter Wood and internationally renowned artist, Craig Walsh for an engaging discussion on the two-year multi arts project that focussed on seven halls across the Northern Rivers and transformed each an immersive site-specific work in response to the unique narrative of the building and its community. A short Q&A will follow.

Friday 10 March Artist Talk: Concrete 2 | Free

10.30am DST Damien O’Mara | No Bookings
All are welcome to join artist Damien O’Mara in the Gallery Foyer for a talk about his exhibition. O’Mara uses photographic abstraction to capture time and place in the detail that many of us would overlook.

Friday 10 March Seniors Week Festival 2017 ¦ Bookings Essential

11.15am DST Photography Workshop: Damien O’Mara | Free
Join a practical session on using your camera or smartphone to take memorable images, focussing on the Gallery architecture. Bookings required.
1.00pm DST Social Media Workshop | Free
Sharing Memories in a Digital World
Join Social Media Influencer, Ellie Beck, in the Gallery’s Frances Mills Education Centre to learn more about how to easily share images from your phone or camera and stay connected in today’s digital world. Bookings required.
Please book on 02 6670 2790 (Wed-Sun 10-5) or
Dementia-Friendly events, supported by Alzheimers Australia NSW. Care partners are encouraged to attend the workshops solo or with a person living with dementia.

Sunday 19 March Responding to the Evocative Art of Maki Horanai

1.00-3.00pm DST a poetry “playshop” with Hillel Weintraub ¦ Free
When first exposed to Maki Horanai’s paintings, Hillel Weintraub was moved to write a poetic response, in the form of a three line Japanese “haiku”.
In a relaxed, playful and sharing atmosphere, participants will write their own haiku in response to Maki’s exhibition. The artist will be in attendance, and a handmade journal and supportive guidance will be provided to each participant. No prior experience is required.
Bookings essential by Friday 17 March to or to 02 6670 2790 (Wednesday - Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm).

Monday 20 March Art in the Pub: Guy Maestri ¦ Free

6.00 for 6.30pm DST at the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby
Join Guy Maestri in conversation with Susi Muddiman OAM, Director, Tweed Regional Gallery & MOAC, discussing his residency at the Gallery and Echo - the resulting exhibition. This is a collaborative event between
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, c.a.s.e inc. and Byron School of Art.

Wednesday 22 March A-Z for pre-schoolers | Free

11.00am DST Meet in the Withey Family Gallery
Pre-schoolers and their carers are invited to join the Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, to explore the alphabet. Participants will find their way from A-Z through some of our favourite artworks from the collection.

Sunday 2 April Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir ¦ Free

2.00pm AEST Original Songs in the Gallery Foyer
Choristers will reprise the original 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. Limited seating provided.

Sunday 11 June Community Stitch Up ¦ Free

11.00am AEST 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 AEST 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

* SAVE $5 per booking on Gallery Workshops for Children, when booking two or more children or workshops

Fri 21 April ¦ Fantastical Bugs with Sharon Muir ¦ $34*

9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm ¦ Kids 9-12yrs
Create your our own fantasy bugs inspired by the natural world. Have fun painting and naming your very own bug species.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL ¦ * SAVE $5 per booking on Gallery Workshops, when booking two or more children or workshops.

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

10.00am-4.00pm Drawing and Mixed Media ¦ Adults
Extend your ideas and skills to acheive a more emotive and individual response to portraiture, using yourself as a life model.
Contact gallery for full description and materials list.

Regular Events

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 9.45am - 3.00pm | 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.

Weekend Printmaking Workshops for Adults with Jay Foley

For information on future workshops: 02 66847143 or

Workshop and Education Risk Assessment (52kB PDF)
Last Updated: 21 February 2017