The collection of twelve oil paintings in Beebo Blues were painted en plein air at the family property in Beebo located in the Goondiwindi Shire. Julie uses a homemade go-cart “the Buggy” which helps her to location-scout and doubles as her easel when painting.
For Julie, every glimpse of the pale blue of the sky, water or man-made structure reminds her of her grandfather’s pale blue overalls and inspired the title of the exhibition. The paintings in this exhibition honour her family’s roots in the land. A tangible recollection of the family tree plantation are the bespoke frames made for her paintings from tree stakes.
Image: Water Marker Julie Purcell Oil on salvaged board
Warwick Art Gallery is delighted to present the work of CPL’s (Choice, Passion, Life) Artel artists in their first-ever touring exhibition Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists.
Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, this inspiring touring exhibition showcases the work of 33 professional artists, some of whom possess complex and profound disabilities.
The artists are:
Christine Baillie, Jonathon Baldwin, Jacob Bradshaw, James Clark, Kristi Cochrane, Bevon Diver, Michael Doust, Cara Dunstan, Jennifer Duperouzel, Robert Gallagher, Anne Higginson, Tonia Hoffman, William Hunt, Nathan Langdown, Justin Lavender, Reece Lockrey, Kim Marshall, Liam McMahon, Robert Oakman, Jeff Parkinson, Christopher Paul, Peter Phillips, Christopher Pitot, Jeremy Ruckels, Elizabeth Saunders, Vanessa Spagna, Beverley Stack, Scott Stanton, Daniel Swart, Christine Tweedale, Richard Uil, Genice Wolski and Sara Wyatt.
Speaking about the touring exhibition, Artel artist Nathan Langdown said, ‘Fantastic! It is amazing. Queensland is going to get a big surprise when they see all our artwork! Their eyes will be opened. The tour will be a good tool for teaching people who don’t understand what I can do with my disability.’
The title for this exhibition is taken from National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) criteria. With the uncertainty surrounding the NDIS, Artel creative industries studio is not just reasonable and necessary, but essential, providing real career prospects for artists.
Rhys Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, CPL said, ‘What our artists achieve at Artel is remarkable and we are thrilled to be partnering with Museums & Galleries Queensland to share their work with regional Queenslanders.’
Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler said, ‘This exhibition tour and supporting public programs will provide valuable professional development and profile-raising opportunities for the artists involved. It will also benefit regional communities like insert your community here, who will have opportunities to learn about the support methods, studio practices and adapted tools, unique to the Artel studio.’
Museums & Galleries Queensland has been pleased to work with accomplished Curator Lynne Seear in the development of this exhibition. Lynne has worked as a senior curator for 30 years, including 16 years at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in management roles. For the past six years, she has worked on a multifaceted Arts Program for the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, as Manager Arts-In-Health.
Lynne said, ‘With a range of artworks in familiar genres – portraits, landscapes, still-life, abstracts, the exhibition showcases Artel’s use of a visual language that is contemporary, distinctive and undeniably their own…The works are both refreshingly unpretentious and exceedingly skilled.’
Artel, CPL’s creative industries studio supports the development of a positive and participatory cultural identity for people with profound and complex disabilities. The studio offers space, instruction and an environment in which this particular community of individuals has been able, over many years, to express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.
Redcliffe filmmaker and CPL support worker, Jeremy Ruckels has created an insightful documentary about Artel, which will be screened as part of the touring exhibition. A preview of the film can be viewed HERE.
The exhibition is on at Warwick Art Gallery from 10 December 2020 until 16 January 2021 and is supported by a talk by exhibition curator Lynne Seear and Denise Wyatt (Artist Sara Wyatt’s mum) on Saturday 16 January at 11am. For COVID19 Safety you must have a (free) ticket to attend the talk. Click HERE to go to the ticketing page.
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|29 Oct - 5 Dec 2020||
On my Way
|19 Nov - 24 Dec 2020||
Warwick Art Gallery Members and Volunteers
|10 Dec 2020 - 16 Jan 2021||
Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books
Artel, the creative studio of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, located in Redcliffe, south-east Queensland, provides the necessary tools, space and instruction to support its artists to creatively express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.
Works in the exhibition captivate on many levels – they have been grouped by the exhibition Curator, Lynne Seear, into eight themes: Places, People, Family, Voices, Sailing, Driving, Mark Making and Artist Books.
Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland in partnership with CPL and curated by Lynne Seear. This project has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project is proudly sponsored by Hutchinson Builders and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
|7 Jan - 13 Feb 2021||
|21 Jan - 6 Mar 2021||
Borderline Art Group
From Here to There
|18 Feb - 10 Apr 2021||
The Eagle Spoke
|11 Mar - 17 Apr 2021||
|Works from the southern Downs Regional Council collection||15 Apr - 22 May||
The Story of Hope
|22 Apr – 29 May 2021||Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson||27 May – 3 Jul 2021||Rose Czarine Albendia
|3 June – 10 Jul 2021||Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers
‘Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers’ is a touring exhibition developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
|15 Jul – 28 Aug 2021||The Front Room Yarntopians|
Twenty three local artists accepted our challenge to create small two dimensional artworks with a perimeter no larger than 60cm.
The exhibition opportunity was offered exclusively to Warwick Art Gallery members and volunteers to showcase the talent of the Gallery’s loyal supporter community.
Rose Czarine Albendia
Top Little Houses Fiona Hayes
Centre Tequila Sunrise Jennifer Leonard
Bottom Forest Flow Judy Curry
Nikki Wood is an accomplished and well respected painter and art teacher. Her paintings encapsulate the peace and tranquillity of local tree lined roads and dense green forests. An aficionado of the weekend country drive, Nikki has found inspiration for this collection of paintings from her drives in the Northern Rivers, Sunshine Coast Hinterland and the Scenic Rim.
Nikki loves the journey to these places as much as the destinations themselves.
“I have a deep love of dense green forests and tree lines roads”, says Nikki, “Standing among tall, towering trees, bubbling creeks and hearing the sound of birds echoing through the forest floor, provides a sense of place and home for me.”
Nikki’s passion for the places where she lives and travels is evident in her lush landscapes painted in acrylic paint on canvas or in soft pastel on paper. The dabbled light of the scenes in her work give the viewer a feeling of being in the moment, right in the place where Nikki found her inspiration.
Image: Guided by the Sun Nikki Wood
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.