Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes, is a collection of paintings which was produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The works are the product of Warakurna Artists, a thriving art centre in the heart of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
The paintings in the Warakurna exhibition are more figurative in style than traditional Western Desert art. The artists from Warakurna use their painting to document their history – the coming of explorers, prospectors and missionaries, building roads, missile testing and their return to their homeland.
“These paintings provide first-hand accounts of significant events which shaped the lives of an Aboriginal community and help all Australians understand their complex history,” said Dr Mathew Trinca, the director of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
The Warakurna exhibition was launched at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, in December, 2012 and is now touring the country.
Western Desert people were among the last groups of Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with Europeans. Warakurna lay in the middle of the flight path of missiles launched from Woomera in the South Australian desert in the 1960s.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country) 2011 by Ken Shepherd acrylic on canvas
Acknowledgement: © Ken Shepherd courtesy of Warakurna artists
WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2014 Warwick Art Gallery invited avid knitters and crocheters to band together to make yarn installations for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Their collaborative projects have attracted worldwide attention for juxtaposing the covering of everyday objects with yarn with contemporary design trends, outrageous colour and a massive dose of quirkiness. The outcomes attract thousands of visitors to Warwick Art Gallery but the main achievement has been the collegiate spirit of the group and their enthusiasm and generosity.
With a firm commitment to encouraging participation, team coordinator Loretta Grayson, is looking forward to revealing this year’s masterpiece to the world on the first day of the festival on the 19th of July.
“This year’s project called Home Sweet Home is the outcome of the group’s desire to create an artwork that reminds visitors of childhood treats and playful adventures,” said Loretta, “The installation, which will totally set your taste buds tingling, will completely surround you with colour and wonderful examples of the creativity of the members of the team.”
Home Sweet Home will extend into the garden outside the Gallery with the return of the popular pineapple garden, with a new psychedelic colour scheme.. They will be joined by a flamboyant flock of friends who are set to be the media stars of the festival this year.
The Yarntopians have been assisted in the construction of Home Sweet Home by Warwick Men’s Shed and Warwick Bunnings with grateful thanks to Rob Schulz.
Ann Fogarty describes herself as an “Art Brut’ painter. Art Brut is a French term that translates as 'raw art', invented by the French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art such as graffiti or naïve art which is made outside the academic tradition of fine art. In the Round is an exploration of round shapes that Ann has observed in the natural world and man-made objects.
Orange Wall Gallery
24 Aug - 6 Oct 2018
Warakuma National Museum of Australia
Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes is an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures that document a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna. These paintings combine familiar Western Desert symbols and dots with a new, more figurative style, to recreate scenes of everyday life and to tell historical and contemporary stories. The works are the creative vision of a group of artists including Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Jean Inyalanka Burke and Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett. The Warakurna paintings are not just art, they recount incidents and remember people that have impacted on the artists’ lives.
24 Aug - 6 Oct 2018
Home Sweet Home: a new yarn installation by the Warwick Art Gallery Yarnbombing Team
16 Aug - 22 Sep 2018
In the Round Ann Fogarty
11 Oct - 8 Dec 2018
Seasons Warwick Artists Group
27 Sep - 3 Nov 2018
Warwick State High School student exhibition
14 Dec 2018 - 12 Jan 2019
Balnhdhurr - A lasting Impression Touring exhibition from Artback NT
Balnhndhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of printmaking through the Yirrkala Print Space based at Buku-Larrnngay Mulka Art Centre. Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, located in the coastal Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala, was established in 1975 as a resolute act of selfdetermination. Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995 when a purpose built area was designed to host a printing press and to enable artists to ‘seize the means of production’. With a philosophy to provide an environment to educate and engage, Yirrkala Print Space acts as a training area for emerging artists and is staffed by Indigenous printmakers. Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression showcases a diverse range of fine art
8 Nov 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Bloom where you are planted
Curated by Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine
17 Jan - 23 Feb 2019
Iconic Queensland Touring exhibition from Flying Arts Inc.
The Iconic Queensland touring exhibition showcases artworks from 28 regional and remote Queensland artists. Curated by Henri Van Noordenburg, the exhibition challenges perceptions of what Queensland icons are, through the artists’ unique interpretation of their communities, characters and environments. From dribble-castles made of sand to the suburban sight of Nana watering her garden on a sun-drenched day, the artworks provide a unique snapshot of regional life through the eyes of its artists.
10 Jan - 2 Mar 2019
Plein Air Park: Recreation Enjoyement of Light
28 Feb - 6 April 2019
Tainted Landscapes Chris Fletcher, David LeMay and Michael Pospischel
7 Mar - 11 May 2019
Warwick Art Gallery will present exhibitions and activities to support the 2019 Adina Polocrosse World Cup to be held in Warwick 22 - 28 April 2019
11 April - 11 May 2019
Unseen Donna Davis
23 May - 29 June 2019
Plastic Doesn't Grow on Trees Mary Barron
16 May - 22 June 2019
4 July - 17 August 2019
Wanton, Wild and Unimagined
4 July - 17 August
Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians installation
27 June - 10 August 2019
2018 Tree Jumper Hall of Fame winner Margaret Armstrong
Created exclusively for the 2018 Jumpers and Jazz in July festival artists of the Darling Downs Textile Art Group will explore the Universe, its colours, changing patterns, its magnetic enigma and creative appeal through the textile medium.
A unique immersive experience for all ages, this exhibition is a superb example of artists working collaboratively to create a collective narrative.
Group member Jan Scudmore says the group hopes that the exhibition appeals to a broad audience.
“Humanity’s interest in the Universe is profound and deep-rooted,” says Jan, “It is our intention to present an exhibition to give the viewer an experience as if they were actually travelling through space.”
This dynamic exhibition will feature predominately new works incorporating a delicious array of textile mediums in traditional and contemporary formats.
The Darling Downs Textile Art Group is an organisation of artists based on the Darling Downs who are dedicated to textile and quilt art practices.
Iet van Vonderen
Former Warwick resident Jessica Thompson, who now lives in Brisbane, was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumpers Artist Hall of Fame in 2017. Her crochet artistry has been recognised by the judges at just about every year of the festival since judging began ten years ago.
For this year’s festival the Gallery has invited Jessica to develop a new suite of crochet garments to showcase her skill and creative ability. Made from repurposed second hand knitwear and recycled materials the yarn artworks in her Jumperhead exhibition will incorporate human and animal forms. The artworks will life sized and explore themes of animal trophyism and human body adornment.
Jessica’s artwork has been recognised internationally at the World of Wearable Art in Wellington, New Zealand. She has recently been announced as a finalist in the 2018 competition and presentation. Jessica takes her crochet beyond the boundaries of your typical crochet artwork. She is inspired by camouflage, grunge, science fiction and geekery.
Jumperhead was made possible through a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queesnalnd Governemnt and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
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.
Warwick Art Gallery, from time to time, organises one off events, residencies or community project outside of our scheduled exhibition program.
Casting Off was commissioned by Warwick Art Gallery for Jumpers & Jazz in July 2016.
Warwick Art Gallery approached Alison to design a semi permanent artwork that reflected the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival vision and branding. The artwork needed to communicated the festival’s priority to provide visual art that is surprising and creative. Key inspirational themes included Humour, Wrapping, Disguising, Softening, Pattern, Texture, Repetition and Colour.
"The typical crocheted ‘granny square’ rug made from left over bits of wool is something we are all comfortable and cosy with, just like our relationship with plastic, particularly single- use plastics. The colourful Casting Off may appear cosy or even fluffy from a distance, but when you get close it is prickly, symbolising the continuing conundrum we all share about what to do with plastics at the end of their life. This artwork highlights the massive amounts of plastics that clog our waterways and draw our attention to the stewardship and responsibility we owe our sea creatures." Alison McDonald
Warwick Art Gallery received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
The project also received support from Bunnings Warehouse Warwick and Celtis Grove Bed and Breakfast Warwick.