Work on Margaret Olley Art Centre continues

Margaret Olley Centre

Margaret Olley Centre begins construction

Artist impression of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, to be built at the Tweed River Art Gallery in northern NSW. Source: Supplied

Work continues on constructing the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah.

Work is proceeding at a rapid pace on the $4 million Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah and is due to be completed in in December.

“The 273 cubic metres of concrete slab floor was poured recently and we’ve taken delivery of the red tiles which will match the neighbouring Tweed River Art Gallery”, said Susi Muddiman Gallery Director.

The tours of the storage shed containing Olley’s studio contents have been increased to six per week to cater for increased public demand.

Margaret Olley’s home studio will be ‘unpacked’ in November. The tours of the storage shed containing Olley’s studio contents have been increased to six per week to cater for increased public demand.

“There’s been a lot of interest in this project as Olley was one of our most loved artists. People are generally excited about the idea of the recreation of artist's studio and elements of her Paddington home in the new extension”, Muddiman said.

Tweed River Art Gallery is closed to the public from today until Tuesday 15 October to enable the next stages of construction of the eagerly awaited Margaret Olley Art Centre.

The Gallery, Gallery Café and Gallery grounds will reopen on Wednesday 16 October, following construction work in the Gallery foyer, offices and retail area.

"We will be reopening the gallery with four terrific new exhibitions, including a celebration of the Dobell Prize for drawing and the 17th annual Les Peterkin Prize for children," Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said.

All four exhibitions will be officially launched on Friday 18 October but will be on display when the Gallery reopens on 16 October. They will be headlined by the exhibition Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell
Prize for Drawing, including work by David Fairbairn, Judy Cassab, Wendy Sharpe, inaugural winner
Kevin Connor, and the 2012 winner by Gareth Sansom.

The Margaret Olley Art Centre is expected to open early next year and will celebrate the works and
influences of iconic Australian artist Margaret Olley.

A re-creation of Margaret Olley's home and studio in Sydney will be a centrepiece of the Centre and
the Australian arts community.

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