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Bespoke: Print, Paper and Process

Cattle Dog Printmakers

14 April to 21 May 2022

20180418 032256736 iOSWarwick’s Cattle Dog Printmakers celebrate their seven year anniversary with an exhibition showcasing a form of the visual parts that closely blends art with crafty. The exhibition comprises printed works by group members which have been produced using a range of techniques including lino cut, lithograph, collagraph, etching and engraving.

In recent years the group has extended their practice by exploring bookmaking, collage and papier mache. A collaborative installation “Bespoke” consists of several small and unique three dimensional works all made of paper. The exhibition also included a visual narrative illustrating the interesting and diverse craft of the printmaker.  Artists Gayle Pershouse, Mo Skett, Rita Crawford, Jill Birtwistle, Sandra Bartley, Susan Ellwood, Eileen Mair, Kaz Thorpe and Kris Woodd


Lightning Without Flash
Joe Ruckli

12 May to 9 July 2022

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It feels like the edge of the Earth. A roadside sign reads ‘population unknown’ with a large black question mark. Lightning Ridge has become an escape for hopeful miners, restless drifters and broken recluses looking for somewhere to disappear. Derelict cars, makeshift camps and precarious mineshafts dot the barren and hostile landscape.

Life on the minefields is slow. Simple. Modest. There’s not much to do but drink and dig. Those that mine live a subterranean existence only to surface for more diesel and beer. It’s backbreaking work fraught with injury and occasional fatality. Even the flies know their limit as the digging deepens and the sky recedes above. As if to reach into the darkness of deep space and discover a wayward star, finding an elusive ‘flash’ of opal is much of a blind lottery. Some prospectors inherit claims worked for years and deemed futile, only to dig a mere meter more than their forerunner and emerge with a life’s fortune.

Born of mineral alchemy opal is much like wine. Collected, traded, hoarded, its value is determined by a complex rubric complicated by international markets, subjective taste and ambitious salesmanship. Like a savvy sommelier, opal dealers can read the signatory characteristics of the iridescent stone, placing its regional origin to specific mine sites with an uncanny accuracy, from Lunatic’s Hill to 3 Mile.

jruckli LightningWithoutFlash 018 resizeAboveground miners are coy about their success. They sit poker-faced at the pub weary of shifty ‘ratters’ who make their living as underground thieves. Some are scruffy millionaires with holes in their boots and camps in deliberate disrepair trying to blend in and avoid trouble. The more resourceful folk short of cash or downright bored will spend their days in the scorching sun ‘noodling’. They sift by hand through the mountains of discarded mullock for any overlooked or inferior gems, often sold in jam jars to naïve tourists at scheming prices.

Today the Ridge is a cliché tale of boom and bust. As the opal exhausts and trade contracts, tourism has transformed the town into a mining caricature. Lightning Without Flash meanders off the map, unearthing stray visions of a dusty town and the people who call the Ridge home.

Joe will be in Warwick on Saturday 14 May at 11am to present a talk about his work

 Plan your visit to Warwick Art Gallery using our Exhibitions Calendar.

Our three unique exhibition spaces are updated every 4 to 8 weeks.  We are open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday.



 6 Apr 2022 - 7 May 2022
Edge of the Present

Inspired by neuropsychological research into the workings of memory and imagination, and made in collaboration with psychologists, mental health specialists and participants with lived experiences of suicide survival, this compelling immersive experience invites us to ‘invent the next ten minutes’ – something that is a challenge when we find ourselves inhabiting the ‘edge of the present’.

Supported by the Regional Art Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland

14 Apr 2022 - 21 May 2022
BESPOKE: Print, Paper and Process
Cattledog Printmakers

Warwick’s Cattle Dog Printmakers celebrate their seven year anniversary with an exhibition showcasing a form of the visual parts that closely blends art with crafty. The exhibition comprises printed works by group members which have been produced using a range of techniques including lino cut, lithograph, collagraph, etching and engraving.

In recent years the group has extended their practice by exploring bookmaking, collage and papier mache. A collaborative installation “Bespoke” consists of several small and unique three dimensional works all made of paper. The exhibition also included a visual narrative illustrating the interesting and diverse craft of the printmaker.

12 May  - 9 July 2022

Lightning Without Flash
Joe Ruckli

In his solo exhibition Lightning Without Flash, documentary photographer Joe Ruckli seeks to unearth the idiosyncratic qualities of Lightning Ridge, a rural mining town in northern New South Wales, famous for its large deposits of Black Opal.

The featured objects and photographs suggest an inhospitable landscape that belies the beauty of its gems and precarious labour hidden below. Scorched by the sun and secluded deep within Australia’s vast interior, the exhibition reveals strange and surreal glimpses of life on the minefields and its fringes; a subterranean world where prospectors chase their fortune and hermits search for somewhere to retreat or disappear.

26 May  - 9 Jul 2022

From the Ground Up
Warwick Potters Association

A collection of works from members, focussing on the phrase From the Ground Up. Small clubs like the Warwick Potters begin because likeminded people wanted to come together to create, learn and share their potting journey. They start small and grow into thriving community hubs. Members come and go but the club house is always there, much like our natural landscape, it blooms and thrives and hibernates through the seasons, natural disasters can devastate the landscape but once that has passed it blossoms again in all its glory.

Like many small community clubs that have suffered throughout the pandemic as they struggle to adapt to the post pandemic world, and our natural landscapes after bushfires and floods we are rebuilding from the ground up

14 July - 27 August 2022
Australia Wide Eight 
Ozquilt Network

The Ozquilt Network Inc. is Australia’s organisation for makers of art quilts and supporters of art quilts as a medium. Established a little over 30 years ago, the Network’s vision is to raise the profile and status of art quilters, art quilts and art quilt making in Australia.

Australia Wide 8 is the latest exhibition in a series that have toured the nation since 2008. The juried exhibition features 34 art quilts that showcase innovation in the art quilt movement. The works highlight the scope and variety of the ‘stitched and layered textile medium’.

14 July - 20 August 2022
Abundance - Paper Quilt Community Project

Warwick Art Gallery invites you to be part of a collaborative community project. Together we will be creating a large-scale paper quilt that will be displayed at the Gallery to coincide with Australia Wide 8, an Ozquilt Network exhibition and the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.

You are invited to design your own square that will form part of the quilt. Your design must respond to the theme abundance. You are welcome to interpret this theme in any manner using any two-dimensional medium. For those that feel they are less artistically inclined, you may wish to write a response to the theme on your square. Your design must cover one side of the square only and must fit within the inner border of the square. Please also write your first name and tick the box that corresponds with your age group on the back of the square.

Blank squares can be collected from the Gallery, packs of squares are available for schools upon request. Completed squares must be returned to the gallery by 20th May. There will be a designated mailbox at the gallery for completed squares. Squares can also be mailed to the gallery using the postal address PO BOX 775 Warwick QLD 4370

 1 September - 8 October

Warwick Artists Group

Celebrating 60 Years

In Sight 5

Warwick State High School Students

Rightly or wrongly, art is predominantly associated with the sense of sight.
In viewing this exhibition of work from students who study art at Warwick SHS, you will see examples of various media, processes and genres. The artists range in age from 13 to 17 and their work reflects their diverse personalities and differing perspectives regarding the world we all occupy.
If you gain insight or an insight into a complex situation or problem, you gain an accurate and deep understanding of it (Collins English Dictionary).
We hope that in attending our InSight 5 exhibition that you will not only take the time to slow down and appreciate the artworks, but also consider how - in reflecting on these works – you can gain a deeper understanding of what is important to the youth of today. 

13 October to 19 November

Walk with Us

Corina Graham and the Demented Artists group

6 October to 12 November

In Pursuit of Knowledge, Excellence and Service

Judy Currie

Landscape and nature are important to me; observing the colours, the changes, the shape, the peace, beauty of our environment is what I explore in my art. Seeing the beauty in what surrounds us is important to me, so beauty is what is depicted. There may be harshness in the landscape but beauty lies in the colour, textures, contrasts and the way the various elements interact and influence each other.

A tree may be dead but there is beauty in the structure of the branches and the trunk, how they come together and meld with each other. The colours can be faded, greyed, blackened but the story and beauty of the tree is still there and continuing.

Man-made structures have the potential to be part of this too with colours, reflections, shadows, light connecting them and allowing a merger with the beauty of the natural environment.







Baltic Mini Textiles Tour May 2021 - December 2022 

Launched in 1993 in Gdynia, Poland, the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition is one of Europe’s leading reviews of textile miniatures. The juried event is held every three years featuring artists from all over the globe.

The remarkable characteristics of the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm textile miniatures are significant for their close ties with the latest trends in contemporary art. The artists are given strict size restrictions while being left with a freedom of choice of topic, material and technique; the resulting miniatures serve as veritable laboratories illuminating the new possibilities presented by artistic textiles.

“The small scale lets artists experiment with complex, intricate techniques and use delicate, ephemeral materials. The huge variety of the artists own techniques and fascinating artistic solutions show us that textile miniatures are a fully independent, important genre, full of potential.” Anna Śliwa, Exhibition Co-Curator, Gdynia City Museum

Warwick Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia) and Gdynia City Museum (Poland), have collaborated to bring this special exhibition to tour Australia, It features thirty six works from the Gdynia City Museum collection.

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Warwick Art Gallery and Brisbane based/Polish born artist Jolanta Szymczyk have collaborated to bring the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition  to Australia in 2021/2022.  

36 works have been selected by the curator Anna Śliwa for the tour, in partnership with Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine. They have selected a combination of free standing and hanging works.


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Itinerary (correct 10 February 2022  but subject to change)

22 May – 13 July 2021 Capalaba Art Gallery, Capalaba, Queensland
22 July – 18 August 2021 Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, Colac, Victoria
27 August – 23 October 2021  The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour, Queensland
4 December 2021 – 15 January 2022 Warwick Art Gallery, Warwick, Queensland
22 January – 12 March 2022 Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, Miles, Queensland
18 March - 30 April 2022 Gympie Bones Museum, Gympie, Queensland
15 May – 19 June 2022 Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, New South Wales
We are looking for additional venues July - November 2022 - please contact Warwick Art Gallery on 07 4661 0434

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Portraits of a Tea Cosy: A travelling exhibition of work by Loani Prior and Mark Crocker invitation front WEBSITE

Warwick Art Gallery was the producing gallery for the exhibition Portraits of a Tea Cosy

Work on this exhibition started in 2012 when Queen of Tea Cosies Loani Prior and photographer Mark Crocker travelled to six towns in three states meeting tea cosy guardians and recording their stories.    From these meetings Mark has produced 40 black and white portraits of the interviewees with their tea cosies in colour.  Their stories have been turned into an audio presentation and delightful quotes about family, friendship and the joy of owning something handcrafted. 

This exhibition also stars 20 exuberant TEA COSIES created by Loani Prior, author of three best selling books, Wild Tea Cosies, Really Wild Tea Cosies and How Tea Cosies Change the World.  They are knitted objets d’art, woolly sculptures; clever and funny, like nothing you will have seen before. 

The exhibition was displayed first in Warwick during Jumpers and Jazz in July 2013.  The tour includes the following locations: Mittagong, Northern Territory, Hervey Bay, Miles, Longreach, Bundaberg, Ballina and Canberra. The tour was completed in 2015.  Mark Crocker's prtraits are now part of the Warwick Art Gallery collection.

This project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian state and territory governments and by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

From time to time we participate in exciting one off projects.  Click on one of the links below to find out more.

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