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The Gallery’s objective is to develop and preserve a collection of regional and national significance with a focus on four collection areas:
  • Australian portraits
  • Artworks of regional relevance
  • Australian artists’ prints
  • The life and work of Margaret Olley
Community support though the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc and the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd is acknowledged in the collection through their generous contributions to acquisitions.

The collection has benefited significantly from the from the Gallery’s biennial acquisitive prize, the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture.

Each year the Gallery presents an exhibition curated exclusively from the collection promoting continued interpretation of and access to this significant community asset.

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is registered to receive artworks gifted under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Please direct collection enquiries to Curator MOAC & Collections Manager tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Australian portraits

While predominantly a contemporary collection, early highlights from the collection include Portia Geach Edwin Geach c.1893 and Tom Roberts Portrait (Mrs K.I. Macnaughton) 1894.

The Gallery’s biennial acquisitive prize, the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture has made significant contributions to the strength of the profile of photographic portraiture in the collection.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was pivotal in establishing the Gallery’s significant collection of Australian portraits. Thirty-five portraits from this prize were acquired for the collection between 1988 and 2000.

Hannaford Robert_Bill

Robert Hannaford (b.1944)
Bill 1990
oil on board 176 x 116cm
Acquired as the Winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 1990
Tweed Regional Gallery collection © the artist


Conversation with Margaret Olley

Danelle Bergstrom (b.1957)
Conversation with Margaret Olley 2003
oil on linen 152.5 x 274.5cm
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2017
Tweed Regional Gallery collection © the artist

Artists of regional relevance

The Gallery is dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists in our region – across the Northern Rivers and extending to South East Queensland. Dynamic engagement with artists working in our region is fostered across many aspects of the Gallery’s operations and programming including acquisitions to the collection.

Robyn Sweaney (b.1957)

Robyn Sweaney (b.1957)
The beach house 2009
synthetic polymer paint on linen 56 X 100cm
Purchased through the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund, 2009
Tweed Regional Gallery collection © the artist

Australian artists’ prints

The collection features historical and contemporary Australian artists’ prints. The Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Patrick Corrigan AM who has gifted over 170 artworks to the collection. This includes a diverse range of printmaking techniques including lithography, etching and lino prints.

Rew Hanks (b.1958)

Rew Hanks (b.1958)
'Banks, which one's mine?' 2013
linocut on paper 120 x 80cm
Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2014
Tweed Regional Gallery collection © the artist

The life and work of Margaret Olley

The Margaret Olley Art Centre houses the permanent re-creation of Margaret Olley’s famous home studio. Over 21,000 items from Olley’s Duxford Street property were gifted by the Margaret Olley Estate to the Tweed Regional Gallery collection.

In addition these items in the collection profile Olley’s enduring career with the earliest example, Kewpie doll 1938, painted by Olley when she was just 15 years of age. The ever-growing profile of artworks by Olley in the collection includes oils on board, ink and watercolour on paper and monotypes,

The collection also includes artwork by Olley’s contemporaries such as Margaret Cilento, David Strachan, Cressida Campbell and Nicholas Harding and portraits of Margaret Olley by Robert Barnes, Danelle Bergstrom, Ben Quilty, Greg Weight and Adam Knott. The Gallery also fosters continued interpretation by contemporary artists of Olley’s home studio and her practice via the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio program.

Margaret Olley (b.1923 d.2011)

Margaret Olley (b.1923 d.2011)
Hyacinth c.2000
oil on board 51 x 61cm
Gift of the Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation Ltd., 2014
Tweed Regional Gallery collection © Margaret Olley Art Trust

Last Updated: 18 September 2018