Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is housed in a large, modern, architecturally award-winning building with views to Wollumbin/Mount Warning. The Gallery was relocated to this site in 2004 and extended in 2006. The Margaret Olley Art Centre opened as a purpose-built extension in 2014. Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (Wednesday to Sunday) Cafe open: 10am - 4pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • LaCondesa
    Byron Shire, Australia114 contributions
    One of the most charming galleries in Australia
    Such a lovely venue. A beautiful layout for art displays. Margaret Olley's Paddington house laid out in complete original replication within the gallery space is an absolute gem and a permanent fixture. A must see. But also the gallery has many other lovely installations come and go. The cafe has one of the most charming views and situations in the country. As a resident in the shire, I visit regularly and am never disappointed.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 10 January 2023
  • StepQ
    25 contributions
    Great Cafe and Shop... and art
    Had heard a lot about this place and went out of my way to visit. So glad I did. Started with breakfast in the cafe, Apex. Had the Eggs Benny which was on a sourdough crumpet which was amazing, loved the crunch of the crumpet. Amazing view. Really nice art with a varied exhibition of modern and classic works. The Margaret Olley area was amazing with a direct recreation of the house she worked in. The Shop was of a high standard with a merchandise range that is comparable to city Art Galleries.
    Thank your so much for visiting and for leaving your review. We will be sure to pass your feedback onto the Gallery Shop and Cafe who will be delighted to read your wonderful feedback. The Margaret Olley home studio re-creation is a permanent dsiplay, with exhibitions changing approximately every six months. Visit the Gallery website to stay up to date with what's on.
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 25 February 2023
  • Runaway53
    Sunshine Coast, Australia197 contributions
    Put this on the top of your list
    Stunning location and quality presentation. Take time to go out if your way to visit. Forgot to mention the cafe and gift shop which offer quality, quirky and affordable delights. Free entry
    Thank you for leaving your review. I will be sure to pass on your feeback to the Cafe and Gallery Shop.
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Traveller
    Gold Coast, Australia22 contributions
    Always a great but acurrent showing is a bit racist and sexist which I am not.
    The whole Gallery's exhibitions are always varied and wonderful, especially the ongoing Margaret Olley presentation, love it ! This time, although one exibition was based on Women in Art ,the introductory comments were overly biased against males and quite a put down.Also, under the mention of the origin of each artist's birth place it has been converted to the name of the local indigenous people of that area. I don't know what that had to do with things. In all of the galleries I have visited across the world I have never seen these biases. Disappointing, especially for such a great gallery.
    Thank you for your review. 'The Female Gaze' features self-portraits and portraits of women by women artists. Drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, the exhibition includes both historical and contemporary works of art. Throughout art history, female subjects have been portrayed through the male gaze. This exhibition attempts to subvert the male perspective, while making space for female artists to have authorship over their own stories and representation. The exhibition also allows us to ask the question: Is there something innately different about the way women portray female subjects? In an effort to pay respect to our First Nations people, the Gallery acknowledges the indigenous place names where artists were born on artwork labels for works from the Gallery collection.
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2023
  • 143debram
    Tweed Heads, Australia875 contributions
    View to die for!
    After walking the Northern Rivers Rail Trail this was such a beautiful spot to have coffee & morning tea. The Canadian Toastie wasn’t that great but still quite nice & the chocolate mousse cake was good but it’s the view that’s to die for. Could just sit there for hours soaking it all in.
    Thank you for your review. We are delighted that the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is attracting visitors like yourself to the Gallery. The cafe operate as a seprate business to the Gallery, but I will be sure to pass your feedback onto the operators.
    Written 3 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Abbykat
    Wollongong, Australia1,191 contributions
    Love this gallery
    We were passing through and had limited time. As we've been here once before and have seen Margaret's excellent 'house' in the gallery, we wanted to see the other exhibitions. Margaret's 100 year exhibition was ok, but we were very impressed with the current photographic competition display, as well as the ceramic display. This is a wonderful gallery, and it's a shame we live so far away, otherwise we'd be regular visitors. The views of the surrounding landscape from the gallery and the excellent cafe are just wonderful. The gallery's an asset to Murwillumbah, and next time, we'll try and stay in the lovely town overnight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
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Abbykat
Wollongong, Australia1,191 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
We were passing through and had limited time. As we've been here once before and have seen Margaret's excellent 'house' in the gallery, we wanted to see the other exhibitions. Margaret's 100 year exhibition was ok, but we were very impressed with the current photographic competition display, as well as the ceramic display.
This is a wonderful gallery, and it's a shame we live so far away, otherwise we'd be regular visitors. The views of the surrounding landscape from the gallery and the excellent cafe are just wonderful.
The gallery's an asset to Murwillumbah, and next time, we'll try and stay in the lovely town overnight.
Written 28 August 2023
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Sheofthebroom
Melbourne, Australia203 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
Other than escaping a Melbourne winter, we came to the Gold Coast to visit HOTA and to acknowledge what would have been Margaret Olley’s 100th birthday at the Tweed Heads Gallery. The re-creation of her Paddington home within the gallery is very clever and accurate having watched the documentary you can view in the library. Margaret Olley spent her childhood in the area and donated $1M to the gallery which enabled this wing to be put onto the existing gallery. As the Queen of Still Lifes you understand how she used her home as the inspiration for her works.

Also found the Jacqui Stockdale exhibition very interesting and enlightening. Staff at the gallery are very welcoming.
Written 16 June 2023
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Rembrandt
Legian, Indonesia1 contribution
Mar. 2023 • Family
Improve quality of exhibits Margaret Ollies works are fine
Poorly painted oversized Portrait Heads are not well done. Evidence of poor Art training.Contemporary Art exhibits are a waste of time and that space could be better utilised with better works
Written 17 March 2023
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Thank you for your review. The Gallery has a diverse and changing exhibition program, offering something different for everyone. Free guided tours are also offered at 11.30am daily to offer further insight into each exhibition.
Written 4 April 2023
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143debram
Tweed Heads, Australia875 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Friends
After walking the Northern Rivers Rail Trail this was such a beautiful spot to have coffee & morning tea. The Canadian Toastie wasn’t that great but still quite nice & the chocolate mousse cake was good but it’s the view that’s to die for. Could just sit there for hours soaking it all in.
Written 10 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is attracting visitors like yourself to the Gallery. The cafe operate as a seprate business to the Gallery, but I will be sure to pass your feedback onto the operators.
Written 4 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Traveller
Gold Coast, Australia22 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
The whole Gallery's exhibitions are always varied and wonderful, especially the ongoing Margaret Olley presentation, love it !
This time, although one exibition was based on Women in Art ,the introductory comments were overly biased against males and quite a put down.Also, under the mention of the origin of each artist's birth place it has been converted to the name of the local indigenous people of that area. I don't know what that had to do with things. In all of the galleries I have visited across the world I have never seen these biases. Disappointing, especially for such a great gallery.
Written 3 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review. 'The Female Gaze' features self-portraits and portraits of women by women artists. Drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, the exhibition includes both historical and contemporary works of art. Throughout art history, female subjects have been portrayed through the male gaze. This exhibition attempts to subvert the male perspective, while making space for female artists to have authorship over their own stories and representation. The exhibition also allows us to ask the question: Is there something innately different about the way women portray female subjects? In an effort to pay respect to our First Nations people, the Gallery acknowledges the indigenous place names where artists were born on artwork labels for works from the Gallery collection.
Written 4 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Runaway53
Sunshine Coast, Australia197 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Stunning location and quality presentation. Take time to go out if your way to visit. Forgot to mention the cafe and gift shop which offer quality, quirky and affordable delights.
Free entry
Written 2 March 2023
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Thank you for leaving your review. I will be sure to pass on your feeback to the Cafe and Gallery Shop.
Written 4 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

StepQ
25 contributions
Feb. 2023
Had heard a lot about this place and went out of my way to visit. So glad I did.
Started with breakfast in the cafe, Apex. Had the Eggs Benny which was on a sourdough crumpet which was amazing, loved the crunch of the crumpet. Amazing view.

Really nice art with a varied exhibition of modern and classic works. The Margaret Olley area was amazing with a direct recreation of the house she worked in.

The Shop was of a high standard with a merchandise range that is comparable to city Art Galleries.
Written 26 February 2023
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Thank your so much for visiting and for leaving your review. We will be sure to pass your feedback onto the Gallery Shop and Cafe who will be delighted to read your wonderful feedback. The Margaret Olley home studio re-creation is a permanent dsiplay, with exhibitions changing approximately every six months. Visit the Gallery website to stay up to date with what's on.
Written 4 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marty ..
Ballina, Australia403 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Solo
If visiting Murwillumbah .. I do recommend visiting the interesting Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

I like the different styles of art .. mostly paintings

The art gallery is free to check out
Written 24 February 2023
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macthewestiedog
9 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Friends
When you place your breakfast order and it doesn't arrive accordingly to your simple request, it is disappointing. Lack of communication with kitchen staff. $80 plus for 2ppl.
Locals that will probably not return due to lack of care
Written 12 February 2023
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Thank you for your review Sally. The cafe operates as a seperate busines to the Gallery and we would encourage you to contact them directly with your feeback.
Written 4 April 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LaCondesa
Byron Shire, Australia114 contributions
Nov. 2022
Such a lovely venue. A beautiful layout for art displays. Margaret Olley's Paddington house laid out in complete original replication within the gallery space is an absolute gem and a permanent fixture. A must see. But also the gallery has many other lovely installations come and go.
The cafe has one of the most charming views and situations in the country.
As a resident in the shire, I visit regularly and am never disappointed.
Written 10 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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