One of Margaret Olley's works.
One of Margaret Olley's works.

Anthony donates land for gallery

TWEED River Art Gallery's planned addition, the Margaret Olley Art Centre, is one step closer to becoming a reality with a donation of the land necessary to accommodate the new centre.

Australia's former deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony and his wife Margot donated the original piece of land, which now houses the Tweed River Art Gallery, and have offered another 1500 m² of land from their Murwillumbah property.

Tweed River Art Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the donation was another act of generosity by Mr and Mrs Anthony, who were wonderful ambassadors for culture and the region.

"The announcement is very timely as the development application for the centre was approved by council only last Friday.

"This was a major milestone for the project," Ms Muddiman said

A surveyor report was being conducted and pending council approval, work could soon go out to tender.

"We'll soon start the construction stage.

"The wheels are definitely in motion," Ms Muddiman added.

The Margaret Olley Art Centre will feature a reconstruction of some of the rooms of Ms Olley's Paddington home where she created some of her most famous paintings.



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