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The Travelling Ravellers

20 July to 19 August 2017

pineapples and pompoms 2 for WEBSITEThe travelling Ravellers will be planting exotic Yarntopian gardens at Warwick Art Gallery before setting up camp in the gallery foyer for the duration of Jumpers and Jazz in July. 

Another yarn installation by the Warwick Art Gallery Yarnbombing Team

This enthusiastic and creative group have been working for the last nine months on this new project.  As well as the gallery installation, they have been invited to create a special yarnbombing installation for the verandah of the historic Criterion Hotel.

The Yarntopians receive help from near and far, with contributions arriving in the post from all over Australia. Piecing everything together and installation of the work is done by a smaller number of locals, and new helpers are always welcome to join this team. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Morning Glory

Margaret Barnett, Lawrence English and Al Sim

13 July to 20 August 2017

AlSim MG01 for WEBThe tiny town of Burketown was buzzing with an influx of visitors.

If you had a boat you would be fishing for barramundi. If you had a glider you were there for The Morning Glory.

The Morning Glory is a spectacular phenomenon that brings international visitors each year because Burketown is the only place in the world where you can have a chance of experiencing this wonderful thing.

If you had come by glider you would be out at the airfield by at least 5 am preparing to take off as soon as there is a hint of THE CLOUD.

If you are ‘just there’ you woke with the buzz of the pilots and helpers going, you also got up, gathered the water bottles, cheese and biscuits and drove out of town towards the open savannah.

Marg Barnett saw the images that Al Sim had taken of the Morning Glory and decided she’d like to transfer the images to fabric with Contemporary Shibori techniques. 

Lawrence English joined the ‘team’ after he was approached to compose a surround sound sonic space for the installation.

Barnett, Sim and English are Queensland Artists, with international reputations in their respective fields.

Four years of planning has produced an installation where the videos are on the walls and the textiles hang across the space and electronic sounds represent the surreal atmosphere of the Morning Glory cloud experience.

Walk into this installation with the grey cloud over your head, imagine you are on the mud flats and  surrounded by the colour and shapes of the Gulf Savannah.


Promo ImageSouthern Down's Artists Exhibition

28 September to 29 October 2017

A competition for all Southern Downs artists showcasing the wealth of talent in the region. Entries across many mediums and techniques including Drawing,Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

Entry instructions:

Entry forms + fees: due by 4 pm, Tuesday 5 September 2017. No late entries will be accepted as labels are compiled from entry form information well in advance.

Delivery: to Warwick Art Gallery no later than 4 pm Thursday 21 September during opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Late work will not be accepted. Works are not to be delivered before 5 September except by prior arrangement.

Opening: Friday 29 September, 6.30 pm

Collection: from Tuesday 31 October (work to be collected within 30 days)

Terms of Entry


1. The entry fee is $10 per artist. No work will be accepted or exhibited without payment of the entry fee. Works for sale will attract a commission rate of 20%. Entry fees are to be submitted with the entry form. Payment for works sold will be made within 30 days of the close of the exhibition.

2. Items must not have been previously exhibited at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery or Warwick Art

3. All work submitted must be labelled on the rear or base with artists’s name, title of the work and
contact details

4. 2D and Textile artwork must not exceed 150 cm in any direction including the frame. 3D artwork must not exceed 200 cm.

5. The Gallery Director reserves the right to not exhibit work if space is limited or if the work is deemed inappropriate or if the work is not suitably framed and/or presented. If an artist’s work is not selected to exhibit the entry fee of $10 will be refunded.

6. All paintings must be dry. 2D works without “D” rings will not be hung. A stretched canvas is considered framed, but must have “D” rings attached. Our hanging system requires two “D” rings positioned 6 cm from the top of the work. Textile works must be ready to display - by rod, pin, fishing line or 3MMM Command strip. Self installation of Textile and 3D work will be allowed only if prior arrangements are made.

7. The winners of the Major, Commendation and Encouragement Awards will be announced at the opening on Friday 29 September.

8. By entering the competition artists give permission for their work to be reproduced by any form of the media related to the promoting of the event.

9. Entrants are responsible for packing, freighting and insurance charges. The Warwick Art Gallery accepts no liability for loss or damage in the course of transit. Transit Insurance remains the responsibility of the exhibitor. All due care will be taken of entries submitted. Appropriate security will be in place during the Gallery’s possession of art works.

Entry Form CLICK HERE   

Different Perspectives

Naomi Trotter and Juanita Faint

24 August to 23 September 2017

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Naomi Trotter is an elegant woman who lives in small town of Maryvale on the Southern Downs. Naomi worked in the fashion industry all her working life. She became a fashion designer with her own couture label for some years. She was advised early on in her career to be true to herself and her own creativity and this is truly evident in her paintings. She clearly enjoys capturing the beauty of nature in her work letting her skill as a painter impart her own unique style to each piece.

Naomi has exhibited at many regional galleries, including the Warwick Art Gallery several times though it has been seven years since her last exhibition here. Joining her in this exhibition is her daughter Juanita Faint.

Juanita has painted in some way or another most of her life. As an only child painting and drawing was her dear companion. Her working life was as creative as her mother’s choosing visual merchandising as a pathway into a freelance display business. This led to opportunities to work in theatre backdrop, costume and prop design as well as commercial applications.

Juanita has had wonderful tutors through the years including Betty Churcher, June Lea and David Fowler. She has a vivid imagination and loves colour working with both acrylic and oils and also turning to painting on silk to create exotic wearable art pieces. Her work in theatre design is very evident in the drama and characters represented in her paintings.

Naomi and Juanita, on occasion, paint very similar subjects. The exhibition has been curated so that their “different perspectives” can be experienced by the viewer.

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An international yarn collaboration coordinated by Prudence Mapstone

7 July to 11 September 2016


This 7 metre long work has been hand stitched together by textile artist Prudence Mapstone and comprises hundreds of bright floral motifs in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours reflecting the theme of Flower Power.

There are more than 207 contributors from over 24 different countries, many sending in numerous pieces that have been included in the installation. This is one you can’t miss!

It has been 50 years since the term 'Flower Power' was first coined in Berkeley, California, and used as a passive resistance slogan for non-violent protest against the Vietnam War.  By the 'summer of love' a few years later, the movement had spread; the term 'flower child' was synonymous with 'hippie', and a counterculture had sprung up embracing psychedelic music and art. 

This art style is often recognizable from its simple, graphic, brightly coloured, poster-like designs; and as many flower children sought a return to basics and simple living, crafts had a resurgence, and a distinctive style of no-rules crochet sprang up as a small part of the hippie, grass roots ethos.

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Alice Springs Beanie Festival travelling exhibition

7 July to 21 August 2016

For those who missed it the first and second time around, a third touring exhibition is on the road! Due to the demand for Beanies and the outstanding success of the first and second tour of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival exhibition “Colours of the Country”, we look forward to another fabulous showcase of an icon of Australian headwear.

This collection of Beanies, from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, demonstrates the growth of the Beanie as an art form over the years and the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship presented in each piece. The colourful exhibition encapsulates the whimsical essence of the Beanie Festival and also highlights the works produced by Indigenous artists from the Central Desert region who are regular collaborators in this cross-cultural event.

An exhibition embraced by a broad cross section of the community, the collection will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and bring out those knitting needles all over again.

Image: 'Spirit ladies from the desert', Sharon Alice, 2010. 'Galahs', Betty Conway, 2012. ‘Hanging out the washing’, Rhonda Napanangka, 2012.

Image Courtesy of: The Alice Springs Beanie Festival


Reminiscence: Celebrating 100 years of Australian visionary Judith Wright

Fiona Rafferty and Francis Smith

8 December 2016 - 15 January 2017

WEBSITE EATURE IMAGE Endangered I II 2015 Frances SmithArtists Fiona Rafferty and Frances Smith commemorate the centenary of the birth of Australian writer, poet and activist Judith Wright in Reminiscence, in an exhibition touring in regional Queensland during 2016 – 2018.

Reminiscence is comprised of paintings, works on paper and ceramics by Rafferty and Smith. These artworks respond to Judith Wright’s work as a writer, poet, environmentalist, and advocate of human rights.

Rafferty was inspired to create a body of work to commemorate Judith Wright when she spent five months living at Calanthe, Judith Wright’s former home on Tamborine Mountain. Rafferty says, “The issues that Judith fought for—such as indigenous land rights and protecting the Great Barrier Reef—are issues that are still relevant today; through this exhibition we celebrate and continue her work in an effort to inspire the generations that proceed her”. “When I resided at Calanthe I felt Judith Wright’s presence everywhere, and after further researching her work I was instantly inspired by her intelligence, compassion and strength” 

Reminiscence was developed as part of the Flying Arts Alliance Curator Development Program ‘Curators in Space’. ‘Flying Arts selected five emerging curators to work under the banner of ‘Curators in Space’ to develop Reminiscence with a suite of public programs and learning resources that invite participants of all ages to engage with Judith Wright’s life and work. The ‘Curators in Space’ team worked with the artists to bring this timely exhibition to life; its first showing inspiring a mini-festival at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, in late 2015.

Reminiscence is a Flying Arts Touring Exhibition.

Featured Image: Endangered I & II, 2015 Frances Smith

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1 February to 26 February 2017

The Brushes and Flashes  exhibition will showcase artists from the South Burnett.

Eleven artists will exhibit works in pastel, watercolour, oil, drawing, acrylic, pottery, sculpture, paper tole, photography and indigenous art.

Participating artists: 

Anthony Donas – Indigenous artist
Megan Cridland, BFA – Drawings
Garry Eyre, Cert of Applied Arts – Abstracts
Ina Patterson, Cert of Commercial Illustration – Watercolours
Judy Forrster – Photography
Karren Bolton(Currently in 3rd year of BA Fine Arts & Visual Culture) – Sculpture & Pottery
Lyn Felsman – Pastels, Water colour, Oils
Rosemarie Matthews-Fredericks – Paper Tole
Thelm Archibald – Threaded Acrylics
Summer Brooke-Jones – Sculpture, Felting
Paul Craddock – Various

Featured artwork:

Chooks by Lyn Felsman

No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory)

Deborah Kelly

2 March to 23 April 2017

Kelly Deborah CMYK Latai RESIZEDDeborah Kelly’s acclaimed exhibition No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is set to shock and delight visitors when it opens at Warwick Art Gallery as part of a regional tour to galleries and cultural centres across Australia.

Originally created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) by teams of public participants over the course of many months, Warwick now has the opportunity to see this incredible community project following a successful first outing at the Murray Art Museum Albury.

The exhibition comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and the contributors. The collaboration centres upon nude photographic portraits that were collaged over time as workshop participants added layers of archival and contemporary imagery specific to the subjects’ interests, attributes and vision.

The subjects represent a fascinating cross section of contemporary Australia with each portrait telling an intimate story of the subject’s life.

“Without the barriers of language, culture, religion, sexuality, gender or race, this collaged imagery bombards the viewer with the human narrative, ‘in all its glory’.”
– Jacqui Hemsley, Director, Murray Art Museum Albury

For the better part of three decades, Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound. Often politically motivated, Kelly’s artworks explore ideas of power in all its manifestations, negotiating racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories.

Deborah Kelly has exhibited widely including the collaborative project boat-people.org, the prize-winning public artwork series Hey, hetero! (created with Tina Fiveash), and Beware of the God commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in 2005. Kelly’s work has been exhibited at the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and the 2008 Singapore Biennale.


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Where the Light Fell blue jug and copper WEBSITE

Jean Fysh and Susan Shaw

27 April – 4 June 2017 

Mother and daughter, Jean and Susan began working in pastel in 2011 after attending a workshop by Warwick artists Nicole Wood. 

The exhibition features scenes maticulously captures from the artists everyday lives whether that be still-lives, portraits, or landscapes which have for some reason attracted our attention.

There is no consistent or considered theme in their works however the compositional decisions are surprising and enhance the everyday scenes to ones of intrigue and luxury..They attracted to the colour, texture and the relationship objects have between each other. Also tone, shadow and reflections play an important role.


This is the duo's first exhibition.

Images: Blue Jug Susan Shaw and Copper Jean Fysh

27 Apr – 4 June

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An Exhibition by Ann Fogarty, Corina Graham, Sue Jacobsen

8 June to 9 July 2017

ANCORS is a play on words derived from ANn, CORina and Sue. This trio are all self-taught artists with different styles. The common thread between them is that “Art has been their anchor” in life.

Each of them have had various life experiences that led them to discover the “healing power” of art. They came together through the Demented Artists Group Inc ( DAGs ).

Ann Fogarty is a contemporary artist who enjoys abstracts in acrylic, using mixed media and experimenting with a variety of mediums.

Corina Graham is a multi-faceted artist who chooses not to limit herself to any one style or medium, but with a tendency towards Realism.

Sue Jacobsen is a contemporary artist, primarily using coloured pencils, whose work has been inspired by tattoos as well as Realism.

Got Mittens Too

Peter Osborn

15 September to 23 October 2016

TrenchGot Mittens Too is Peter Osborn’s first solo exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery.  Peter has a background in structural engineering design and has studied visual arts at the University of Southern Queensland.  His works include ceramic figurative sculpture and watercolour illustration.

The 100 year commemoration of the Anzac involvement in World War 1 became a personal journey when he read the diary his grandfather wrote while on service at the Western Front.  This brief document provided many poignant images of the conflict and devastating loss of life. 

“I became interested in my grandfather's WW1 experiences after my uncle sent me a scanned copy of his diary from that time,” said Peter, “ He arrived in France in mid 1916 as a sapper with the 13th brigade of the 4th Division AIF and somehow survived, particularly the third battle of Ypres where his younger brother was killed.

The title of the exhibit Go Mittens Too comes from an anecdote related by my grandfather when, after the German soldiers raised a banner proclaiming “Gott mit uns” (God is with us), the Allies responded with a banner “Got mittens too”

In addition to the exhibition Peter has designed a catalogue book featuring excerpts from the diary, text and images from the exhibitions.  The book is available from the Gallery during the exhibition.



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.

Warwick Art Gallery, from time to time, organises one off events, residencies or community project outside of our scheduled exhibition program.  

Casting Off 

Alison McDonald residency

July 2016







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.

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