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Coming Soon

Meet the Artist

Dave Groom (Virtual)
Available on our website from 17 July.

View the Meet the Artist: Dave Groom video to gain insights into the artist’s practice and the exhibition 'Surreal Nature'.

Meet the Artist

Shannon Doyle (Virtual)
Available on our website from 7 August.

View the Meet the Artist: Shannon Doyle video to gain insights into the artist’s practice and the exhibition 'LIFE, DEATH, innocence and GUILT'.

Re-imagining the Landscape

Online Drawing Workshop with Dave Groom
View online from 19 July, 10am | FREE

Working with charcoal, learn classical drawing techniques and contemporary perspectives on landscape to produce a tonal drawing of your own re-imagined landscape.

Share your work following the workshop #davegroomworkshoptrg

Pandora’s Box

Online Acrylic Painting Workshop with Shannon Doyle
View online from 9 August, 10am | FREE

Follow artist Shannon Doyle’s video instruction in this practical acrylic painting workshop.

Combining the use of modern materials with traditional techniques, Pandora’s Box explores the limitless qualities of acrylic paint. This still-life workshop will focus on the advantages of using a fast-drying medium and include practical tips on using a range of mediums and tools including a Mahl Stick, spray bottle, and hair dryer (or heat gun). Build your confidence and open up to a world of possibilities applying these demonstrated techniques to your own practice.

Zoom feedback session
Join online 16 August 10.00am

Participants in the Pandora’s Box workshop will have the opportunity to join a group Zoom session following the workshop in which the artist will respond to individual questions and provide feedback to participants. Register online (external link)

Gallery At Home

Ian Tremewen - Make Your Mark ART PLAY with Ian Tremewen: Make Your Mark!
Ian Tremewen is an artist who knows how to make his mark. Whether it’s watercolour, glass, textiles, sculpture or a large scale mural, Ian is inspired by the colours, patterns, textures and shapes he finds in the landscape. Ian Tremewen’s work ‘Black swamp reflector’ is currently on display as part of the exhibition ‘You are here: art of the region’. Watch Ian in action as he demonstrates some cool techniques and download the ART PLAY Make Your Mark! Activity sheet. This is a great activity for adults and children alike - in fact, collaboration could be key. Limited packs available at the Gallery.

ART PLAY - Make Your Mark! (7.51mB PDF)

Unlocking Margarets House - Blue-banded Jug Still Life Challenge Unlocking Margaret’s House: Blue-banded Jug Still Life Challenge
On the first Sunday of each month, the Gallery will bring to you a new still life challenge using objects from her incredible collection, and we invite you to make a work in response. Whether it is through painting, drawing, 3d, mixed media or photography – we want to see how you respond to the challenge. Don’t forget to share your creations on social media with the hashtag #unlockingmargaretshouse!

Unlocking Margaret's House - Blue-banded Jug Still Life Challenge (2.15mB PDF)

Unlocking Margaret's House - Hyacinth Still Life Challenge (4.45mB PDF)

Watch the video Hyacinth Still Life Challenge.

Banskia online activity Flower Portraits Activity
Banksias, like many native flowers, are robust and resilient. They are a great reminder of our connection to nature and the pleasure that can be found simply observing the patterns, textures and colours found in the natural world. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Floral Appreciation by Judy Oakenfull, set up a simple still life from your garden or download examples from our Flower Portraits Activity Sheet. This is an activity the whole family can enjoy as there is even a fun template for the kids!

Flower Portraits Online Activity (1.66mB PDF)

Birds activity ART PLAY - Explore the world of birds
For their exhibition Captive Companions artists Anne Smerdon and Corinne Lewis brought together over 30 highly trained, free-flight birds of different species. The birds you seen in their exhibition were able to fly around the house, nibble on strawberries, rest on pumpkins, and nestle up to their human friends. This approach enabled Anne and Corinne to document the different personalities and plumages of these beautiful birds. Taking inspiration from Captive Companions, and using the exercises provided, let your imagination roam as free as these intelligent, joyous and curious creatures!

ART PLAY world of birds activity (4.91mB PDF)

Inclusive Programs

Art & Dementia Friends

Tweed Regional Gallery staff invite you to connect with the Gallery's changing exhibition program through stimulating arts engagement and creative experiences. This educational and social program aspires to reconnect people living with dementia to their sense of identity, and raise awareness of and reduce the social stigma associated with dementia. Care partners can enjoy a mutually-shared experience in a stimulating environment. Viewing artwork together can engage, stimulate and ignite memories.

Future dates to be advised

Contact Jodi Ferrari via email or phone 02 6670 2790

MOAC puzzle
Boost your brain activity with the Margaret Olley Art Centre digital puzzle courtesy of the Tweed Tourism Company's #LoveTheTweed initiative.
Get started on the MOAC puzzle (external link)

Deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Video introduction to Judy Oakenfull exhibition 'Floral Appreciation' - subtitled
Judy Oakenfull: Floral Appreciation (external link)

Video 'The Yellow Room I Margaret Olley Art Centre - subtitled
The Yellow Room I Margaret Olley Art Centre (external link)

Read the transcript for the video 'Meet the Birds'
Video Transcript - Meet the Birds (611kB PDF)

Read the transcript for the video 'Joshua Yeldham - Fig of Endurance'
Video Transcript - Joshua Yeldham_Fig of endurance (517kB PDF)

Read the transcript for the video 'The Green Kitchen I Margaret Olley Art Centre'
Video Transcript - The Green Kitchen (391kB PDF)

Healing Wednesdays

Gallery for Kids

Future dates to be advised

School Holiday Programs

ART PLAY - Future dates to be advised

Early Childhood Programs

Gallery Playdate for small visitors

Fun exploring and making sessions for children aged six months to five years and their carers. To best enjoy your playdate, we request one adult with each child.

Future dates to be advised

Creative workshops for adults

Please check back soon for more creative workshops with our Guest Artist-Educators.

Regular events

All regular events have been postponed until further notice.

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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