This Strategic and Artistic Plan was developed by the Gallery Staff with members of the Management Committee of Warwick Art Gallery Incorporated.
Local, State and Federal Government Policies for art and culture are in continuous review. The Warwick Art Gallery Management Committee recognizes our positioning as a vital stakeholder in the delivery of current policy to our region. Our strategic direction will be stimulated by new government policy. Current policies that shape and influence our strategic planning include:
• Southern Downs Regional Council Cultural Policy (in review)
• Southern Downs Regional Council Public Art Policy (in review)
• Southern Downs Regional Council Community Plan 2030
• LGAQ's Arts and Culture Policy – Creative Cultural Development
• Queensland Government Arts for All Queenslanders Strategy 2014 - 2018
• Australian Government Creative Australia national arts policy
Warwick Art Gallery is a major service provider of visual arts and culture for Southern Downs Regional Council.
The Art Gallery provides a range of services to the community, including:
Warwick Art Gallery Incorporated employs 1 permanent full-time director and 2 casual staff members who are committed to the Gallery’s efficient and effective operation. A dedicated team of volunteers make a significant contribution to the operations of the Gallery.
This plan provides clear direction for the Art Gallery in terms of organisational performance and establishing a framework for the measurement of the Gallery and individual performance against agreed and documented outcomes.
The Warwick Art Gallery facility is owned, maintained and insured by and in conjunction with Southern Downs Regional Council.
The Gallery is coordinated by a Management Committee composed of two councillors appointed by the Southern Downs Regional Council and 13 committee members elected from our membership. The Management Committee receive an annual operational grant from Southern Downs Regional Council. The Committee also employ a full-time gallery director and two part-time assistants.
The Main Gallery is the premier exhibition space at Warwick Art Gallery. The movement of visitors through the space can be altered through the use of four movable walls.
The Foyer Gallery space has a lovely garden aspect and three large sliding doors that allow the room to be opened up to enjoy the garden. This space features a singular curved wall with exceptional potential for installation work.
Named in memory of gallery volunteer, staff member and friend Catherine Dunn, our newset exhibition space features 10 running metres of hanging space.
The Gallery Studio is available for workshops, meetings and lectures. Equipped with ceiling mounted power outlets, loading zone and a kitchenette, the multipurpose space is a popular new addition to the facility
The Southern Downs Regional Council Collection includes artworks that have been donated and acquired from the 1970’s to the present day. There are approximately 900 pieces in the collection including historical photographs made up of works from the former Stanthorpe and Warwick Shire Councils. Recently the collection was valued at just under $3,000 000.
Half of the Warwick collection is made up of Australian landscapes that were acquired by the previous Rosenthal, Glengallan, Allora and Warwick Shire Councils. Records as to the history of the purchase/bequest of many of the early acquisitions are limited however several of the works are quite significant including paintings by Kenneth McQueen and Ray Crooke.
Between the years of 1995 and 2009 works were acquired through the Warwick Art Gallery’s annual art competition, the Warwick Art Prize. Works acquired during this period include paintings by James Guppy, Ian Smith and Mostyn Bramley Moore.
As caretakers of the Warwick collection, Warwick Art Gallery Incorporated resolved to cease acquiring paintings in 2009 in order to develop a new strategic collection plan with the potential to include textile art from Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Established in 1972 with the first acquisitions from the biennial Art Festival, the collection has grown to almost 800 pieces, representing the diversity of Australian Art Practice through the wide ranging mediums of fibre/textile, painting, ceramics, works on paper and sculpture.
A number of internationally recognised Australian artists are represented in the collection with selected works having great significance including William Robinson, Jon Molvig, Margaret Olley and Charles Blackman. Generous donations from Pamela Bell O.A.M., and William Bowmore A.M. have added considerable depth to the collection with a number of European artists including Pablo Picasso being represented.
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery continues to acquire works by Australian artists, with recent additions to the collection by Ken Done, Jorg Schmeisser and Dr Ian Henderson.