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When much-loved Australian artist Margaret Olley died in 2011 she left behind, not only her Sydney house full of treasures, objet d'art and paintings, but also a $1million legacy to recreate a purpose built addition to the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, the gallery she had associated with since living in the area in the 1930s.
The resulting Margaret Olley Art Centre is a painstakingly accurate recreation of Margaret's famous home studio in which her 20,000 posessions were placed back into the same rooms in exactly the same spots where Margaret had left them. This involved the arduous 2 year process of cataloging, archiving, photographing and careful planning and the result is a unique celebration of the life of a much loved Australian icon.
The Centre is also complimented by an interactive Multi-Media Drawing Activity Centre, a Research Library and Education Workshop as well as the Nancy Faifax Artist in Residence Studio.
Offered twice a year, the funded Artist Residency program offers a unique experience in which artists are granted a living allowance, travel and free use of the AIR Studio with their work being included in the Gallery's exhibition program.
All of these combined elements provided by the MOAC are a rich and dynamic educational experience for the visiting public as well as artists, and offer a meaningful reminder of Margaret Olley's patronage, generosity and unsurpassed contribution to and love of the Arts in Australia.
Berkeley Editions is proud to have worked closely with Margaret Olley to produce a number of Limited Edition multi-plate coloured etchings.
Margaret Olley Limited Editions: http://berkeleyeditions.com.au/content/margaret-olley