Artists are invited to apply to be a part of Cruthaich! a celtic-inspired exhibition hosted by Warwick Art Gallery to coincide with CelticFest Warwick in 2022. The exhibition will run from 3 March through 19 April and it is anticipated that the festival will attract an audience of 6000 people.
Whilst ancient Celtic art varies between time and place, it is collectively underpinned by a desire to enhance the beauty of the everyday. Art appeared in all kinds of objects including functional items such as cooking vessels, brooches, combs, and hairpins.
Drawing inspiration from this, artists are invited to take an everyday object and elevate it. Artists are encouraged to use any object available to them and turn it into a work of art. This could be something as simple as a cup, a wooden spoon or a book. Two-dimensional depictions of objects are also welcome.
Artists may wish to draw inspiration from some of the common themes in Celtic art such as:
Svenja's Artist Statement
"In December 2019, before the world as we know it changed, I spent five weeks wandering the shores of King Island. Without knowing what was to come, I already felt quite despondent about the apocalyptic events dominating the world news. It had been a year of Trump, #metoo, Greta Thunberg, endless gun violence, war, and terrorism, culminating in the epic fires burning in Australia.
Interestingly, what I found on the shores of King Island reflected this theme in some ways. My thoughts regarding death and decay and the fragility of life, found substance in the wealth of kelp in varying stages of colourful decay on the shores; the skeletons of birds ripped from the skies, the bones of wallabies, and the carapaces of sea life littering the island – they all had a beauty – and a stillness - to them that calmed me. On reflection some time later I realised that this was the phenomenon biophilia – a hypothesis proposed by Edward O. Wilson that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. With that connection comes the realisation that we too, are part of that endless cycle of life, and that every stage of it is beautiful in some way.
A further hypothesis called urgent biophilia (Keith Tidball 2012) posits that when disaster strikes via geophysical events, war, pandemic and the like, humans ‘seek engagement with nature to further their efforts to summon and demonstrate resilience’, and that ‘within the envelope of our skin is a biological entity which, through evolution, has been tuned for survival in natural environments’. By engaging with nature on the island and for the months afterward as I explored it through textiles, I believe I was feeling biophilia. For those that can’t reach nature, I hope that my imagery inspired by it may help them in their search for connection with it, now needed more than ever.
My primary form of record keeping during the residency was photographs, and some of these are on display with the related works as very obvious indicators of my inspiration. Others were more difficult to transcribe, as they weren’t necessarily an object of focus, but perhaps more a sense – of retained movement, of decay, of disintegration back into the earth. As the body of work grew, the distance from photograph to work grew – firstly towards altered digital prints on fabric, then to stylised lino prints on paper and fabric. This was a pleasing progression, as I wanted to move away from re-creating, to expressing my own interpretation and reaction.
My work explores the beauty of ‘tragedy’ using the many textile techniques I have used in the past decade making wearable art works – most of them biologically inspired. Dyeing is often a starting point, followed by free-motion embroidery, shibori shaping, needle and wet felting, leather moulding, and now 3D pen printing and digital sublimation printing."
Official Opening Saturday 8 January at 1.00pm
Artist Talk Saturday 22 January at 10.30am
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.
Warwick Art Gallery was one of the venues selected to receive the first Australian tour of the Baltic Miniatures in 2013. Gallery Director Karina Devine explains how the exhibition was pivotal for the Gallery’s following of textile artists by introducing innovative and radical ideas for their own practice.
“The first international tour of the Baltic Mini Textile collection remains one of the most talked about and influential exhibitions we have had,” says Karina, “Working with the curator at Gdynia City Museum to arrange this tour of mainly works from the 2016 and 2019 Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibitions has been complex but wonderfully rewarding. I am thrilled to demonstrate to other small to medium galleries that big dreams are possible even if you are a small organisation in regional Australia”
The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition features 36 exquisite works from artists based in Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. The works arrived in Australia, travelling by air, in June after several delays due to COVID19.
The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials. The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre.
Lene Helmer NIELSEN (Denmark) Tasty embroidery 1 2016 embroidery, embroidery on paper, linen tulle netting
Michelle ANDREWS (Australia) Echidna 2016 tesselated origami, cardboard paper
Hanns HERPICH (Germany) Perforation 2016 own technique, wool
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.
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||ORANGE WALL GALLERY
6 Jan 2022 - 12 Feb 2022
| 20 Jan 2022 - 26 Feb 2022
Books on Tour – The Artist and the Author
Combining a love for painting and an interest in poetry and writing, Terese Eglington has written, illustrated and published six children’s book, her most recent being The Butterfly Tree. This exhibition expands on the experience of her book, especially celebrating the recent influx of butterflies. Terese is intrigued by the symbolism of the butterfly, its metamorphosis and beauty.
| 17 Feb 2022 - 26 Mar 2022
A National Portrait Gallery Exhibition
|3 Mar 2022 - 9 Apr 2022
Celtic inspired group exhibition
To coincide with CelticFest in Warwick 25-27 March. Art was central to the lives of the ancient peoples we label as Celts who lived in Iron Age Europe and is perhaps the best way to understand the connections between them. Whilst ancient Celtic art varies between time and place, common features include sculptures of gods and warriors, a love of depicting forest animals and the use of flowing forms and abstract patterns.
| 6 Apr 2022 - 7 May 2022
Edge of the Present – Mixed reality installation by Alex Davies, based on original research and concepts by JR Brennan and Alex Davies, in association with Alessandro Donagh De Marchi, Faisal Sayani, and Artist/Psychologist Michaela Davies
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
Warwick’s Cattle Dog Printmakers celebrate their seven-year anniversary with an exhibition that showcases the wide-ranging processes that encompasses the craft of the printmaker and papermaker. The exhibition comprises work by group members that has been produced by using a range of printing techniques including linocuts, lithographs, collagraphs, etchings and engravings. In recent years the group has extended their practice through the exploration of bookmaking, collage and papier-mache.
This exhibition also includes a collaborative installation “Bespoke” that consists of several small and unique three-dimensional works, all of paper, as well as a visual narrative that illustrates this interesting and diverse craft.
|12 May 2022 - 9 July 2022
Repair is not always neat and tidy
Leah Kelly’s exhibition captures moments of trauma and destruction in art making and the beauty in the strength it takes to repair. The trauma referenced throughout this work is that of domestic violence survival, the beauty that is found in that hope and the strength that it takes to survive. Leah’s practice traverses ceramic and glass processes in a contemporary art context.
|26 May 2022 - 9 Jul 2022
From the Ground Up
Insight provokes a deeper reflection on what it means to be creative.
Warwick High School students share what is meaningful to them through their artworks.
Image: Dreamscape of Disturbance Neve O’MaraYear 12
Warwick Art Gallery invites artists who live on the Southern Downs to exhibit in a biennial competition and exhibition. The 2021 version presents artwork by forty eight local artists.
The winners of awards were announced on Friday 19 November by guest judge Ms Rachel Arndt Director of The Condensery Somerset Regional Art Gallery.
Big congratulations Louise Tait who won the major award for her painting A bird and his boy (pictured with our guest judge Rachel Arndt).
Congratulations also to the following artists who won the Section prizes Fiona Hayes (Painting The Butcher Shop), Rita Crawford (Printmaking From the MET to GOMA) and Leah Kelly (Ceramics Splash).
Young local artists where also included in the awards for the first time with Abby Gander judged the winner of the 10 to 14 years section for Dani and Ellen Jackson the winner of the 15 to 19 years section for Unheard Souls.
Encouragement prizes were also given to:
Alexia Barnes Lone Wolf
Nikki Wood Sleepy Mountain View - Allora
Sherylyn Roulsten The Path
Christopher Hulme No Answer
Peter Osborn Dendrites
Brianna Barlow Speciesism #2 I once heard evil
pARTicipate is open up until 4pm 22 December. Come in and enjoy the amazing talent we have in our region. Also vote in the People's Choice Award.
Awards sponsored by Assumption College Warwick, Maxwell Lancaster Solicitors, Warwick Credit Union, Condamine Accountants, Rose City Shoppingworld, Warwick Friendly Society, The Hon David Littleproud MP Federal Member for Maranoa, Mapstone Geotechnical Services, Goomburra Valley Campground, Geoff and Gillian Knott, Goomburra Valley Happy Hour group and Rose City Artz n Framing.
Regional Art Galleries are often defined by their collections. The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, for example, has a magnificent collection of contemporary wearables and Artspace Mackay’s collection features one of the biggest holdings of artists’ books in Australia outside of the capital cities. Other regional galleries are known officially as “non-collecting” galleries and Warwick Art Gallery falls into this category. We do, however, have a small but noteworthy collection of artworks that have quite eclectic origins but represent significant names in contemporary Australian painting.
Artworks acquired by and donated to the former Rosenthal, Glengallan, Allora and Warwick Shire Councils make up around half of the collection that Warwick Art Gallery oversees. The other half of the collection was developed through acquisitions from the Warwick Art Prize which was held annually from 1996 to 2009. These works, plus a small number of recent donations, are now part of the asset known as the Southern Downs Regional Council Art Collection which also includes the magnificent large collection housed in the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.
At present the Warwick collection mostly hangs throughout the Southern Downs Regional Council Administration building located on Fitzroy Street but for the first time in at least two decades the entire collection will be on public display at Warwick Art Gallery from the 7th of October to the 13th of November 2021.
Without a doubt the most popular work in the collection is Kenneth MacQueen’s Storm over the Downs. This beautiful watercolour is indicative of the artist’s distinctive style. Macqueen was also a farmer and his works reflect the innate bond between farmers and the land. The country side represented will look familiar to locals as his farm was located near Millmerran on the Darling Downs, where he settled in 1922.
The judges’ comments and written records tell a deeper story about each work in the collection. Sadly some details as to the history of the purchase/bequest of many of the early acquisitions are limited. Any information the public might be able to provide on the works/artists is welcomed.
Image: North from Archie’s Hill Jenny Durack
The exhibition, Proximities, considers how our assessment of space and distance determine our emotional experience of objects - whether that is awe at the sight of a supernova exploding in the far reaches of the universe, or alarm at a discarded plastic bag floating in the ocean just metres from an unsuspecting turtle; whether that is a feeling of peace as our nearest star, the sun, shines benignly on a tranquil bushland creek; or amusement at the incongruous herd of cattle grazing against the improbable backdrop of Surfer Paradise skyscrapers.
Proximities starts with several dramatic works inspired by images from the Hubble Telescope. The focus is on the sublime. There is a frisson of fear. We feel glad it is "out there". Yet it is also within us. Because we are made of stardust.
Back on Earth, the paintings consider the ocean, from which life began. When organisms evolved on to dry land, they took the sea with them. “All the basic activities of life occur in water-filled cells bounded by membranes, tiny containers whose insides are remnants of the sea”*. We regard the sea as "out there", yet the sea is inside us.
From the sea, the paintings segue to landscape. Stuck indoors, glued to our devices, we regard nature as "out there". Yet the love of nature and the need to see it is "coiled in our bones, laced in our marrow, steeped in our blood"*. Albert Einstein went on to inspire: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery of nature; it is the source of all true art and all science."
Proximities also considers the homo sapien sense of exceptionalism in relation to other animals. Various other species are depicted in portraits or via inclusion in the landscape. How close are we to them? After all, they, too, are made of stardust.
Official Opening by Dr Julie Fragar Saturday 28 August 2021 at 10.30 am
Artist Talk "What makes a good painting" by Amelia Willmer Saturday 18 September 2021 at 10.30am
The Allora Photography Club’s exhibition Seasons of the Southern Downs endeavours to showcase the diversity and range of seasonal changes, within the Southern Downs regions, over the previous twelve months.
The Clubs’ main aim is to promote, educate and encourage photographers, of all skill levels and expertise, in the many aspects of photography, in an enjoyable, helpful and social atmosphere at their monthly meetings and regular group excursions. Their Members were encouraged to incorporate their individual expression and artistic interpretation of this subject to display their love and enjoyment of photography.
Image: Autumn Granite Belt Brewery Park Gale Ward
The Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians create large scale knitted and crocheted installations. This year they enjoyed indulging their fond memories of the lounge rooms of their childhoods.
The Front Room is an eclectic and colourful room where you can remember long days of relaxing on the shag pile carpet while listening to your favourite vinyl records.
The Darling Downs Textile Art Group (DDTAG) is an organisation of artists based on the Darling Downs who are dedicated to textile and quilt art practices. The rationale for this new body of work was to explore music, both its history and ceremony, as a nod to the Jazz music that is performed throughout Warwick’s iconic Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.
Members of DDTAG have developed works for this project over a period of almost two years using one unusual element as inspiration – the Pianola roll.
Historically, the pianola roll has played its part in a chain of inventions that have resulted in the computers of the modern world. In the same way a painter uses paint, a textile artist uses fibre. This can be from many diverse sources such as those derived from plants, animals, inorganic compounds or in the case of the paper in the Pianola roll, from wood and other plant waste.
In Musicale, the artists have literally used the paper rolls explore and communicate contemporary textile ideas, or they have extracted a notion or design element unique to the paper roll as inspiration for their design.
Suzanne Bauer, Jenny Burgess, Jo Eagle, Noeleen Fleming, Hilary Fogerty, Denise Hart, Kay Joyce, Sue Jurd, Gillian Knott, Marion Lees, Elizabeth Schmidt, Sue Schmidt, Jan Scudamore, Barbara Stephenson, Jolanta Szymczyk, Sandra Tessmann and Iet van Vonderen
Image: Jenny Burgess Blue Ridge Mountain
Rose was born in the Philippines and with her family emigrated to Australia in 2011 to live on the Southern Downs. As a child she always liked to draw, mostly portraits of her family and friends. After high school she attended the University of Angono Rizal System in the Philippines and studied advertising.
Rose paints almost every day. Painting is familiar and comfortable and like breathing for her. It is an essential part of her life. Some of her influences are William-Adolphe Bouguereau, John Singer Sargent & Gustav Klimt. At present she is working towards a blend of impressionism and expressionism in her art.
This series of artworks depict people in locations on the Southern Downs. There is an emphasis, in several of her works, to interpretation of the scene from a distance giving an air of mystery, while others are open and natural.
Image: Butterfly Dreaming Rose Czarine Albendia Acrylic on canvas
This touring installation of 200 drawings is only a fragment of the 2400 individual sheets Robert MacPherson made over two
decades that together form the single huge work ‘BOSS DROVERS’ 1996–2014.
MacPherson was born in 1937 and is celebrated today as a senior Australian contemporary artist, renowned for apparently simple works that gently unfold to reveal something more complex. His works frequently explore overlooked aspects of his subject matter, allowing viewers to gain a more nuanced understanding of the circumstances surrounding a particular situation.
‘BOSS DROVERS’ demonstrates several aspects of MacPherson’s practice, especially the way he plays with ‘traditional’ aspects of art, such as landscape, portraiture and the authority of an artist’s signature. MacPherson made these drawings in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a Year 4 student at St Joseph’s Convent in Nambour, Queensland. Each sheet includes the portrait and name of a boss drover responsible for moving livestock and teams of stockmen along the great pastoral stock routes of Australia.
The work is simultaneously magnificent in scale and remarkable for its intimacy, and at first seems rooted in a very specific way of representing these rugged bush personalities. However, ‘BOSS
DROVERS’ ultimately opens up like the pages of a book, revealing richly interwoven poetic markers of places and people whose identities and life in the country are in danger of fading from view.
‘Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers’ is a touring exhibition developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
Image: Robert MacPherson Australia b. 1937 1000 Frog Poems: 1000 Boss Drovers ("Yellow Leaf Falling") For H.S. (detail) 1996-2014 / Graphite, ink and stain on paper / 2400 sheets: 30 x 42.5cm (each) Purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA
Launched in 1993 in Gdynia, Poland
One of Europe’s leading reviews of textile miniatures
Artists from all over the globe
The juried event is held every 3 years
“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 Curator
Warwick Art Gallery and Brisbane based/Polish born artist Jolanta Szymczyk are collaborating to bring the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition to Australia in 2021/2022.
Approximately 40 works have been selected by the curator Anna Śliwa for the tour, a combination of free standing and hanging works.
Itinerary (correct 25 October 2021 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
15 May – 19 June 2022 Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, New South Wales
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.