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Margaret’s Gift

  • Sat 4 January 2020 until Sun 22 March 2020


Cressida Campbell  White waratah 2000  carved woodblock, hand painted in watercolour pigment 51.5 x 57.0cm block Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2002

The S.H. Ervin Galley is presenting an exhibition to celebrate the generous legacy of Margaret Olley AC (1923-2011) who in the course of her lifetime and following her death donated hundreds of art works to cultural institutions across the country.

Curated by Renee Porter, the exhibition will gather over 70 works from collections in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT and include works by European masters, Australian artists and ceramics from Papua New Guinea which were her earliest known gifts. Margaret wanted to make giving ‘contagious’ so we hope to honour her with an exhibition the highlights her generosity and inspire others to follow.

Margaret Olley made her first donation of four eating bowls from the Middle Sepik River to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1984 and she continued to give generously up until the time of her death in 2011.

The exhibition is being organised in association with the Margaret Olley Art Trust and is the second in the series celebrating the important contribution that Margaret had to so many aspects of Australian cultural life.