Margaret Olley was able to gift her entire estate, lock, stock and barrel to The Tweed Regional Gallery. This was the area she grew up in.
Unlike many artist studios that are open to the public where the viewer can feel like an intruder. The Margaret Olley Art Centre has been transported as an installation to a new modern, purpose built facility.
The visitor is free to wander the corridors of the rooms. To peek into the lounge/studio, the rundown kitchen and see the smoky old rugs and ashtrays. It is like a moment captured in time. A life preserved.
Margaret Olley lived her life in a blaze of art, which is the only occupation she ever wanted.
The viewer is led through this art 'installation' which does have a voyeuristic feel about it. The experience of seeing intimate details, and absorbing the crazy arrangements of objects.