Margaret Olley, Ranunculus and pears,2004

Manly Art Gallery and Museum: Brilliant Artist Film Series

Following the success and popularity of the 2018 program, Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society, in partnership with filmmakers Bill Leimbach and Richard Mordaunt, present a series of special art films on the lives of four inspirational Australian artists; John Russell, Sidney Nolan, Salvatore Zofrea and Margaret Olley. The screenings include introductions and Q&As with the filmmakers, providing unique insights into the film process and stories behind the artists, families and friends who were part of the projects. The evening screenings include complimentary wine and cheese.

Tickets per event: $20 Members or $30 general
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Sat 25 May, 5 – 7pm

Margaret Olley first became famous when William Dobell’s portrait of her won the Archibald Prize in 1948. Her celebrity status tended to overshadow her life as a painter, but this documentary puts Olley (1923 – 2011), the painter, on centre stage. In this documentary, she speaks passionately about her compulsion to paint. Emeritus Curator Barry Pearce takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey through Margaret’s beloved house in Paddington, the Hat Factory. Those closest to Olley – her art dealer for more than three decades, Philip Bacon; close friend Christine France and fellow artist Cressida Campbell – recall a much-loved friend who remained intrigued by the complexity of painting to the very end. Film by Catherine Hunter. Introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Catherine Hunter.