Margaret’s European Adventures Remembered

Rare artworks showcased in new exhibition


A new exhibition at the Margaret Olley Art Centre showcases works by Australian artist and Olley’s close friend, Moya Dyring.

Curated by Dr Melissa Boyde, Senior Research Fellow, School of the Arts, English and Media at the University of Wollongong, Travels with my Art opened to the public on Wednesday 18 March.

Born in Melbourne in 1909, Moya Dyring went on to spend much of her life in Europe. From 1949 she lived in a studio apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis which became known as Chez Moya – an Australian Salon in the heart of Paris.

Olley was just 26 years old when she met Dyring. They became close friends and would go on painting and drawing excursions across Europe with others such as David Strachan and Fed Jessup.

The exhibition includes artworks done ‘en plain air’, produced over half a century ago when Olley and Dyring would set off on adventure through France, Italy or Spain to paint outdoors.

Curator and Collections Manager Ingrid Hedgcock said some of the artworks have been reunited after 50 long years.

“This exhibition showcases a selection of Dyring’s works, rarely exhibited since her death, alongside works by Olley,” she said.

“It is a rare chance to view artworks by Olley and Dyring which were completed on the same excursions in Europe.”

The re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio is on permanent display.


Travels with my Art: Moya Dyring and Margaret Olley is presented by the Tweed Regional Gallery with support from the University of Wollongong and will be on display until 21 June 2015.

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