Art lovers will have to be patient while gallery closes for works.
Art lovers will have to be patient while gallery closes for works. John Gass

Gallery closing to make way for Margaret Olley Art Centre

THE Tweed River Art gallery will be closed for construction from September 30 to October 15.

The gallery, cafe and grounds will be closed to the public during this period due to major building works on the Margaret Olly Art Centre and cafe pavilion.

Construction, as an extension to the Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah, is well advanced, with the concrete slab laid and work continuing on the walls and roof structure.

"It's unfortunate that we have to close the whole facility for this brief period, but I'm sure our patrons will understand that this exciting and necessary part of the process of building a bigger and better Gallery," gallery director Susi Muddiman said.

The closure will allow modifications to the entry to the gallery, internal renovations to the retail outlet, offices and an airlock added to the front entrance to maximise sustainable climatic controls at the gallery's entrance.

"The construction of the pavilion will cater for the expected increase in demand for cafe services when the Margaret Olley Art Centre opens, as well as providing additional employment and economic opportunities," Ms Muddimann said.

"The pavilion will now provide for the overall cafe floor area envisaged in the original plans for the gallery. It will take further advantage of our lovely panoramic views over the Tweed Valley and the Tweed River."