Margaret Olley photographed in 2006.  Photo: Nadine Fisher / Daily News
Margaret Olley photographed in 2006. Photo: Nadine Fisher / Daily News Nadine Fisher

Margaret Olley Trust donates $500,000 to help expand Lismore gallery

THE Margaret Olley Trust has pledged $500,000 towards the redevelopment of Lismore Regional Gallery.

Olley, who was born in Lismore, was a staunch advocate for increased funding for an art gallery in her home town.

As a result of her Trust’s donation towards the expanded art precinct, the main gallery in the revamped building will be named after her.

Gallerist Philip Bacon, the executor of the Margaret Olley Trust, is quoted on the Sydney Morning Herald’s website saying: “This was a project very close to Margaret's heart, going as it did to her love of, and belief in, the value of regional galleries to their communities, with of course the added attraction that Lismore was her birthplace,” he said.

The artist’s nephew, Tom Olley, posted his congratulations on Lismore City Council’s Facebook page:

“Great to hear that our aunt is being remembered in the community of Lismore! Enjoy Lismore.”

The project to revamp Lismore’s modest art gallery was given a boost in December last year when the Federal Government announced it was putting $2.85 million into the $5.8 million project known as the Lismore Quadrangle.

The redevelopment of C Block will become the anchor point of the Lismore Quadrangle and will house the relocated Lismore Regional Gallery, an office space for Arts Northern Rivers, combined event, function and workshop spaces, combined meeting rooms, commercial space for Co-op Bookshop and an outdoor piazza connecting C Block with the conservatorium and library.



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