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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | Celebrating Three Decades

Image: Hobie Porter (b.1976), Transubstantiation (detail), 2008, oil on linen, 34 x 60cm, Gift of the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., 2008, Tweed Regional Gallery collection © the artist.
This year marks the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre’s 30th anniversary.
The Tweed Regional Gallery (formerly known as the Tweed River Art Gallery), opened during the Bicentennial Year of 1988 in a restored Federation-style family home located on the bank of the Tweed River on Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah.
After much fundraising and a generous donation of land by Doug Anthony AC and Margot Anthony, the Gallery moved to its current scenic rural location in Murwillumbah South in 2004. The facility was designed by award-winning Brisbane architect Bud Brannigan. The second stage of the building was opened in 2006 by iconic Australian painter Margaret Olley AC, and in 2014, the Margaret Olley Art Centre officially opened, which included a re-creation of rooms from her home studio in Duxford Street, Paddington.
To honour the Gallery’s 30th anniversary, Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM has curated an exhibition from the collection which celebrates its development since 1988 and surveys the four focus areas that inform acquisitions: Australian portraits; artworks of regional relevance; Australian artists’ prints; and the life and work of Margaret Olley (and that her contemporaries). Three Decades: celebrating the Tweed Regional Gallery collection includes significant works of art that acknowledge the Gallery’s reputation in the arts sector and recognise the talent of artists living and working in our region.
While this exhibition recognises the significant history of the Gallery, Ms Muddiman said she wants us to look forward to the next 30 years, and on.
“The exhibition celebrates a vibrant future ahead for the Gallery and our programs, and the continued, exciting development of your collection,” Ms Muddiman said.
Artists featured include: Robert Hannaford, Nicholas Harding, Euan Macleod, Margaret Olley, Joshua Yeldham, Ben Quilty, William Robinson, Monica Rohan, Judy Watson, Anne Zahalka, and Michael Zavros.
The exhibition is now on view at the Gallery and will continue until Sunday 20 June 2019.
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