6 February – 19 April 2009

A UQ Art Museum touring exhibition

Margaret Olley: Life’s journey provides a unique insight into the world around Margaret Olley from the early 1950s to the 1970s. From Paris to the New Guinea Highlands and from Brisbane to the old gold-mining town of Hill End, the exhibition traces the places throughout the world to which Margaret Olley has travelled, and the cities in which she has lived. 

Focussing on monotypes, and pen and ink and watercolour studies, Margaret Olley: Life’s journey brings to public view rarely exhibited works drawn from national, state and private collections, and the artist’s own collection.

Curators: Michele Helmrich and Nick Mitzevich

Exhibition Tour

S H Ervin Gallery Sydney, 8 May – 28 June
Newcastle Region Art Gallery Newcastle, 15 August – 26 October 2009


  • Listen to or download MP3 ABC Radio National Artworks Feature: Margaret Olley 22 February, 2009 here

  • Listen to or download MP3 Margaret Olley: Life's Journey Curators Talk 14 January, 2009 [29MB] here


A 128 page exhibition catalogue published by UQ Art Museum accompanies the exhibition. View Margaret Olley: Life's journey here


Visit the bookshop to view merchandise for the exhibition Margaret Olley: Life's journey here 


View 'Olley exhibition breaks attendance records' here
View 'Margaret Olley masterpieces on show at UQ' here


Margaret Olley 1923-2011
Brisbane River 1956
ink and watercolour on paper
43.5 x 55.0 cm
Private collection
Courtesy of the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane