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The Tweed Regional Gallery on the outskirts of Murwillumbah is set on a hill with spectacular panoramic views over the Tweed River and the rolling green hills to Wollumbin, Mount Warning in the distance.

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Beautiful views from the Gallery Cafe.


The Tweed Regional Gallery has been a popular tourist destination since it was built in 2004. However, with the addition of the Margaret Olley Art Centre in 2014 and the exhibition that recreated the popular artist's studio and parts of her home, its popularity has skyrocketed.

Margaret Olley is Australia's most celebrated painter of still life and interiors. Before she died in July 2011, aged 88, she expressed a desire to have elements of her home and collections recreated in the area where she was born and spent her childhood.

Tweed Fusion 2016, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery, author Meg Stewart, Gallery Cafe, local organic food at Gallery Cafe, tours, Margaret Olley's studio and home recreated, Murwillumbah, views of Mount Warning, culture, food, arts, music, beautiful environment of the Tweed Valley, celebrate Tweed Valley, gourmet food, Taste the Tweed, Tweed fusion Creative Trail, Spirit of Wollumbin, Ali-Baba Live Theatre, Sunday country Picnic Surprise, Evening at the Gallery, Tyalgum Spring Fair, High Tea at House of Gabriel, flute and harp concert, Operatic Afternoon, Tyalgum Dance Spectacular, Murwillumbah Farmers Market, cooking demonstration, Tweed Foodie fest
Margaret Olley's distinctive still life paintings on display at Tweed Regional Gallery.


With funds she bequeathed, Margaret Olley's living space has been faithfully recreated and there are up to 20,000 items from the artist's home on display, such as the her furnishings, furniture, artworks, paints and the ceramics, flowers and fruit she used in her still life paintings. Visitors are fascinated and delighted by the vibrant colours, the unusual and interesting pieces and the sheer number and variety of objects, although for some, it's almost overwhelming.

Tweed Fusion 2016, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery, author Meg Stewart, Gallery Cafe, local organic food at Gallery Cafe, tours, Margaret Olley's studio and home recreated, Murwillumbah, views of Mount Warning, culture, food, arts, music, beautiful environment of the Tweed Valley, celebrate Tweed Valley, gourmet food, Taste the Tweed, Tweed fusion Creative Trail, Spirit of Wollumbin, Ali-Baba Live Theatre, Sunday country Picnic Surprise, Evening at the Gallery, Tyalgum Spring Fair, High Tea at House of Gabriel, flute and harp concert, Operatic Afternoon, Tyalgum Dance Spectacular, Murwillumbah Farmers Market, cooking demonstration, Tweed Foodie fest
Over 20,000 items that were part of Margaret Olley's life are displayed in the exhibit.


It's obvious that art and creativity took precedence over order, housework and certainly dusting. However her genius flourished in the rich environment as she surrounded herself with the things she loved and desired to recreate in her paintings. Some of Margaret Olley's paintings on display include objects and arrangements that can be seen in her home.

I recommend taking the time to watch a video that plays in The Marks Family Library next to the exhibit. In it her friend Barry Pearce (past head curator of Art Gallery NSW), talks about the remarkable person and artist he was privileged to know. He also remarks that in his later visits to Margaret Olley he always assured her, when offered food, that he'd just eaten and this next photo possibly explains why.

Tweed Fusion 2016, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery, author Meg Stewart, Gallery Cafe, local organic food at Gallery Cafe, tours, Margaret Olley's studio and home recreated, Murwillumbah, views of Mount Warning, culture, food, arts, music, beautiful environment of the Tweed Valley, celebrate Tweed Valley, gourmet food, Taste the Tweed, Tweed fusion Creative Trail, Spirit of Wollumbin, Ali-Baba Live Theatre, Sunday country Picnic Surprise, Evening at the Gallery, Tyalgum Spring Fair, High Tea at House of Gabriel, flute and harp concert, Operatic Afternoon, Tyalgum Dance Spectacular, Murwillumbah Farmers Market, cooking demonstration, Tweed Foodie fest
Every room became part of the studio, even the kitchen.


The Tweed Regional Gallery features six exhibition spaces that host a variety of historical and contemporary touring exhibitions as well as curated exhibitions of established regional and national artists. Exhibitions change approximately every eight weeks so the gallery is always fresh and interesting. There's also a workshop and Education Centre, a Gallery Shop and Research Library. The Gallery Café has indoor and outdoor seating that offers stunning views and where possible, locally grown organic produce.

Tweed Fusion 2016, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery, author Meg Stewart, Gallery Cafe, local organic food at Gallery Cafe, tours, Margaret Olley's studio and home recreated, Murwillumbah, views of Mount Warning, culture, food, arts, music, beautiful environment of the Tweed Valley, celebrate Tweed Valley, gourmet food, Taste the Tweed, Tweed fusion Creative Trail, Spirit of Wollumbin, Ali-Baba Live Theatre, Sunday country Picnic Surprise, Evening at the Gallery, Tyalgum Spring Fair, High Tea at House of Gabriel, flute and harp concert, Operatic Afternoon, Tyalgum Dance Spectacular, Murwillumbah Farmers Market, cooking demonstration, Tweed Foodie fest
This is one of six exhibition spaces at the Tweed Regional Gallery.


Tweed Fusion 2016 features An Evening at the Gallery Margaret Olley: Far From a Still Life on Saturday 29th October. There will be an exclusive tour of the Margaret Olley Art Centre with filmmaker, journalist and author Meg Stewart. Meg will share fascinating stories of the artist and her work and give insights into the time she spent with Margaret Olley in her home as she interviewed her while preparing to write her biography. The evening commences with canapés and wine on arrival, followed by the tour and a fabulous dinner in the Gallery Café. See more details in the program listed below.

A second event in the Tweed Fusion calendar will also be held at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery. Tweed Fusion Cultural Day Out on Friday 28th October will commence at 10.45am with a tour of the Margaret Olley Art Centre and morning tea at the Gallery Café before moving to other venues.

Tweed Fusion 2016 has a wonderful program that celebrates the art, culture, food, music and the stunning natural environment of the Tweed Valley. It runs from 22nd October to 30th October.

For the full program of Tweed Fusion 2016 check out their website here.
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Why? Celebrate the life and work of Margaret Olley
When: Friday 28 October 10.45am and Saturday 29 October 6.30pm -10pm
Phone: (02) 6670 2790
Where: Tweed Regional Gallery, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah
Cost: Various costs
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