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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Owner description: Surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offering panoramic views of the Tweed River, the Tweed Regional Gallery is the perfect place to visit to view first-rate exhibitions. The Gallery's six exhibition spaces host a vibrant program of historical and contemporary touring exhibitions of national significance, alongside curated exhibitions of established national and regional artists. The program includes the $20,000 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. The Gallery's collection includes a world class collection of portraits representing Australians from all walks of life. Visitors can participate in the Gallery's exciting variety of programs including public events, concerts, exhibition openings, artists' talks, demonstrations and workshops which cater for all ages. The Gallery also offers a workshop and education area, Gallery Café with indoor and outdoor seating, Gallery Shop and research library. The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is a Tweed Shire Council Community facility, supported by Arts NSW, the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc., the Tweed River Art Gallery Foundation Ltd., and private donations.
Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have been here several times to see the great portrait collection arising from the Doug Moran portrait prize. Seems Mr Moran doesn't like the abstract portraits of the Archibald so he set up his own richer acquisitive collection and some are stunning.

But now they have added a section as a memorial tribute to Margaret Olley having recreated several rooms in her house/ studio plus a display of a dozen or so of her still life works. I suggest to watch the informative video (about 10-12 minutes) and then go look as the exhibit so you understand.

As a bonus they had a temporary Art Express display of NSW high school students top art for the HSC.

Certainly worth a visit if you have the slightest artistic bent.

Free entry but you can make a donation (no pressure), great views of the Tweed and Wollumbin and a reasonable cafe to boot.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

What a wonderful day out, great art exhibitions, wonderful cafe, excellent views from all angles and nice little gift shop.

This is a wonderful scenic drive from whichever way you come into this Gallery, a must see!

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We came to see the new Margaret Olley Arts Centre, never visited the Tweed Gallery before so what a surprise !This gem is in an unlikely spot hidden away in the most beautiful lush green valley, set high up with stunning views across the grazing dairy cows towards a meandering river . Treat yourself to a brunch at the Café which offers casual light meals with great service and a dash of style. Take a gentle meander through the gallery rooms showing various artists, no hovering staff to intimidate here, just enjoy . Make sure you stop first for the 20 minute video presentation about Margaret Olley then be amazed at the detail preserved in her special rooms . Even though I knew what to expect , I was still overwhelmed when I first peeked into her studio room . I guess it was her presence through the smell of old cigarettes , dust and time that made me take a small step back. I can't imagine the dedication of the Olley staff tasked to preserve absolutely everything . The Tweed Gallery is Not quite MONA (Tasmania) but I enjoyed it just as much , a different experience thanks to Margaret Olley who, lives on here in spirit.

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We are not frequent art gallery visitors, but thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Tweed River Art Gallery. It is free to get in, but donations are welcome. The view from the gallery is amazing, and some of the art is spectacular, especially the portrait by Hui Hai Xie. The had a coffee and a thick shake in the cafe, which was enjoyable, but the thick shake was a bit pricey for what you got.

Thank Liz C
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

This was our second visit (first time 2 years ago). We spent a very enjoyable hour viewing the various collections. The portrait by Hui Hai Xie was amazing and I really liked the "Drawing Margaret" collection by Nicholas Harding. DH was impressing by the Jam Factory collection. We will be back again sometime with enough time to visit the café so we can enjoy the views as well.

Thank MarjofromBrissie
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