To “bloom where you are planted”, credited to Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), is to recognise the potential of embracing life where you are instead of where you think you might be better off. It speaks to that elusive realisation that you have enough and that to achieve a sense of belonging you need to start by making a contribution yourself.
The works selected for the exhibition reflect the model of thriving in and contributing to community and more generally wholeheartedly embracing and living a creative life.
Jean de Courtenay Isherwood (1911 – 2006) left her bohemian Sydney lifestyle in 1974 to purchase property in Moombi and Tamworth. Her paintings are a celebration of natural beauty and extremes of the landscape. In 2004 Isherwood, aged 92, participated in an exhibition called Eighty and Over featuring seven other well-known Australian artists over the age of eighty. Her artwork Flowers in the Centre was included to celebrate this tenacity and artistic spirit.
John Rigby (1922 – 2012) beyond doubt bloomed where he was planted making major contributions to the cultural landscape of Brisbane in addition to creating an oeuvre rich in Queensland imagery and exceptional genre paintings. Rigby won many awards for his work which is held in major collections across the country. Morning Kitchen speaks volumes about the kitchen as the heart of the home and the “calm before the storm” experienced by many women at the break of dawn. The painting incorporates repetitive geometric shapes that are reminiscent of patchwork quilting enhanced by the warm pastel palette. This creates a peaceful picture of quiet domesticity.
Pene Edwards is a Brisbane based painter who continues to produce paintings today that have a very unique perspective of the land. The figurative elements in her compositions emerge from a dimensionless mélange resembling an aerial view of the landscape. The colours are celebratory and joyful applied in a way that suggests the artist’s love of mark making. Continental Memories is a fine example of Edwards’ style with the robust shapes reminiscent of the Australian Red Centre. The work’s title implies a journey and happy travel recollections.
The Ballet Roche (pictured), painted by Brisbane based and Warwick born artist Trisha Lambi, won the Warwick Acquisitive Art Prize in 2009. Lambi is an award winning artist with her studio located in Brisbane. Her work observes people and locations with the two combining to create, in her words, “a journey, sometimes unwelcome and heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but always illuminating”. The Ballet Roche is a particularly personal work featuring the artist herself alongside members of her family.
To the Water is a recent work by Warwick artist Jane Donaldson. Jane is a full time artist with her creative business thriving from her beautiful home south west of Warwick. It is Jane’s poetic imagery, profoundly influenced by home and family, that made her an essential addition to this themed exhibition. As a regional artist Jane is incredibly brave and humble about her success. Her artwork creates a peaceful retreat from the clutter of life.
In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. A celebratory exhibition of this print space, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. Warwick Art Gallery is honoured to be included in this very special tour.
Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories.
With works from 50 artists, this exhibition includes prints that are historically significant. The Berndt Etchings series talks about the Berndt Crayon Drawings of Yirrkala, produced by the artists’ predecessors in 1947, while String Figure Prints are a response to another archaeological collection from 1948.
Pieces in Balnhdhurr also reveal the significant impact the introduction of bright acrylics had on artists, which allowed them to explore a whole new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.
Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape. Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995 when a purpose built area was designed to host a printing press. With over 800 editions by 137 produced through the studio since then, Yirrkala Print Space has become an integral and vital component of the community.
Image: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm
Orange Wall Gallery
14 Dec 2018 - 12 Jan 2019
Balnhdhurr - A lasting Impression
Presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts
8 Nov 2018 - 21 December 2018
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
Near, Far and In Between
4 July - 17 August 2019
Wanton, Wild and Unimagined
4 July - 17 August 2019
Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians installation
27 June - 10 August 2019
2018 Tree Jumper Hall of Fame winner Margaret Armstrong
23 August - 28 September 2019
Margaret: Contemplations, Conversations, Creations
Broadstrokes Art Group
23 August - 28 September 2019
The Artist's Kitchen
15 August - 28 September 2019
Warwick State High School Student exhibition
3 October - 9 November 2019
Southern Downs Artists Exhibition
Entry forms available in July 2019
3 October - 24 December 2019
Southern Downs Artists Exhibition Miniatures Section
Entry forms available in July 2019
14 November - 24 December 2019
BURST III Youth exhibition
Entry forms available in July 2019
The Warwick Artists Group exhibit at Warwick Art Gallery every second year. This exhibition features works inspired by the theme "Seasons".
Laraine J Stanley
Kim Webster Reeves
The works in this exhibition are loaded with meaning and feature a broad range of techniques including drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting and photography. The true pleasure in the exhibition comes from the challenge of interpreting the symbolism and concepts behind the works.
One of the most interesting works in the exhibition is a lenticular image by year 12 art student Prisca Albendia. These artworks change appearance and meaning when viewed from different angles. Prisca has explored the public’s perception of youth in her work and challenges us to look beyond our generalised attitudes to youth to see their potential.
The exhibition title "In Sight" was decided by the students themselves who also participated in the creation of promotional images, labels and the exhibition catalogue.
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.
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.