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Public Programs

The Artist's Studio: Tamsin Ainslie

Sunday 18 August | 10.00am - 4.30pm | FREE
Visit Tamsin in her pop-up studio in the Gallery Foyer to observe the artist at work throughout the day. Drop in from 11am – 1pm for a guided drawing session, taking inspiration from a selection of Tamsin’s hand-made journals that document her daily drawing practice and her ever-expanding collection of objects.

Meet the Artist: Marian Drew

Sunday 25 August | 2.00pm - 3.30pm | FREE
Join Australian photo-media artist Marian Drew for insights into her exhibition and practice. Stay afterwards for an informal chat and refreshments in the Gallery Foyer. No bookings required.

Heart on Your Sleeve Party

Friday 6 September 2019 | 5.00pm–8.00pm | $10, $5 for Friends of the Gallery
Help celebrate the opening of the exhibition Love, curated by Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM.
Wear your heart on your sleeve and come dressed for romance. Live entertainment and refreshments.
Bookings essential: (external link)

Annual Community Picnic & Artist Paint Out

Sunday 15 September | 2.00 - 5.00pm | FREE
Pack a blanket, a picnic basket and bring the whole family along for our annual community gathering in the grounds of Tweed Regional Gallery. Take in the stunning view that has inspired so many artists in our collection while you enjoy live music, free art activities for the kids, and observe artists at work outdoors. Watch as the sun sets from the best spot in Murwillumbah.
Are you an artist wishing to join the Paint Out? Please review the Information Sheet (264kB PDF)

Myself - At My Favourite Place - Les Peterkin Portrait Prize for Children

Thursday 26 September | 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Young artists, family and friends are invited to join us for the opening celebration and award announcements for the 23rd Les Peterkin Portrait Prize.
Join in the free creative program for children.

Pop-up Studio: Kate Rohde

Sunday 29 September | 10.00am- 4.00pm | FREE - no bookings required
Visit Melbourne-based artist Kate Rohde in her pop-up studio in the Gallery Foyer. Gain insights into her working processes and some of the materials used to create Eternally Ephemeral.

Meet the Artist: Christine Druitt-Preston

Sunday 29 September | 2.00-3.00pm | FREE - no bookings required
Join Christine Druitt-Preston for insights into her exhibition and her practice. Stay afterwards for an informal chat and refreshments in the Gallery Foyer.

Art in the Pub: Kate Rohde

Monday 30 September | 6.00pm for 6.30pm start | FREE - no bookings required
Join Kate Rhode for an illustrated Artist Talk about her art practice and new exhibition inspired by the local landscape and Margaret Olley’s maximal home studio re-creation.
A collaborative event between the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Contemporary Art Space and Education Inc, and Byron School of Art.

Love is in the Air Film Night

Saturday 2 November, 6.15pm for 7.00pm start | $20
The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah
When it comes to film, it’s hard to find a story with a bigger heart than Strictly Ballroom. Friends of the Gallery will host a night of cinematic fun that will lift your spirits. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival
Bookings essential: (external link)

School Holiday Programs - October

ART MAKER: workshop for kids with Kate Rohde

Tuesday 1 October | 10.30am - 12.30pm | $25* Bookings essesntial Book online (external link)
Children 6-12 years of age have the opportunity to spend some fantastica, magical time with the artist Kate Rohde in this creative school holiday workshop. Be inspired by her love of the natural world, and learn building and casting techniques using plastacine to create decorative vessels that take on fantasy animal charactaristics. *$5 discount for second or subsequent bookings

ART PLAY: All about Olley

Wednesday 2 & 9 October | 11.00am - 1.00pm | FREE
Join our artist-educators for free drop-in making sessions. Families can participate in a creative program focused on still life and interiors, inspired by the exhibitions 'A Shaerd Obsession: Margaret Olley and Fred Jessup' and Christine Druitt-Preston's 'Olley Land'.

Wednesday-Sunday Gallery for kids | Free
Drop in design activities in the Gallery Foyer | MOAC Kids’ Guide, digital drawing, painting & symphony on the iPads.

Early Childhood Programs

Gallery Playdate for small visitors

First Wednesday of the month (NSW Term time) | 9.30-10.30am | Free
Fun exploring and making sessions for children six months to five years and their carers. To best enjoy your playdate ,we request one adult with each child.

Creative workshops for adults

Gum Bichromate Printing Workshop with Raimond de Weerdt

Sunday 15 September | 10.00am - 4.00pm | $110 (materials included)
Similar to the Cyanotype process, the gum bichromate print (or gum print) is exposed in the sun and developed in tap water. However, unlike the Cyanotype, a gum print is not restricted to one colour. This is a great workshop for anyone wanting to learn more about a fascinating 19th century print process.
Book online (external link)

Block Printing & Mixed Media with Christine Druitt-Preston

Sunday 10 November | 10.00am – 4.00pm | Cost $100
Experiment with block printing techniques in combination with traditional and non-traditional mediums. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and artists wishing to expand their art practice. To be held in the Frances Mills Education Workshop. Materials provided.
Book online (external link)

To join our mailing list to hear about our upcoming workshops or children's programs please e
mail and advise your areas of interest (adults/teens/children/under 5yrs).

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 during NSW school term time
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.
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