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shanae ADivergence

Shanae Dittman

2 November to 23 December 2017

Shanea was invited to have her own exhibition in our Foyer Gallery after exhibiting as part of the inaugural Burst exhibition in 2015. Her portraits and landscapes are exquisitly done and are composed in a way that radiates mystery and atmosphere. Her exhibition is titled Divergence to represent the variet in her subject matter. This is an exhibition not to be missed.

CartoonCentenary of Federal Policing in Australia exhibition

19 October 2017 to  5 January 2018

This exhibition is curated by Terry Browne, Team Leader - History, Tradition and Museum Workforce and Develpment with the Australian Federal Police. It celebrates the centenery of the formation of the Australian Federal Police. 

Warwick played a infamous role in the story as the "Warwick Egg Throwing Incident" was the catalyst for the creation of the federal police force.  The story starts with brothers Pat and Bart Brosnan at the Warwick Railway Station where Prime Minister Hughes addressed the crowd spruiking his case for compulsory military conscription. Most Australians were against the idea including the Queensalnd Premier at the time T.J. Ryan. It was a volatile tour of Southern Queensland for the Prime Minister topped off by the Brosnan brother's decision to throw at egg at him in protest. Outraged by the attack, Hughes ordered Warwick police to arrest the men, but they refused saying it was out of their jurisdiction and a matter for the Commonwealth. Hughes left Warwick irate and within weeks announced the formation of the Commonwealth Police Force, today known as the Australian Federal Police.

The exhibition will focus on the 100 years of Federal Policing, decade by decade, with information panels and objects of interest.

Main design recoloured smallBurst2 Youth Exhibition

2 November to 23 December 2017


Warwick Art Gallery is hosted the second Burst2 Youth exhibition. Over 200 guests celebrated the talent of young local artists aged 6 to 25 years at the official opening on Saturday 4 November.

Twenty seven young artists received Excellence or Encouragement awards presented to them by Lewis von Stieglitz, representing sponsor Warwick Credit Union, and Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine.

Ms Devine was thrilled with the entries received and the talent that the exhibition is able to showcase.

“It was such a pleasure receiving each and every entry,” said Ms Devine, “Our young artists were so proud of their entries. This really highlights the value of creative activity to foster self confidence. The young artists are exploring a whole range of media too, including traditional painting and drawing to graphic cartoons, photography, artists books and 3D printing.

Amongst the award winners was 7 year old Ella Winfield who received an encouragement award for her photograph “Lizard on the Tree”. Ella’s mother Sara Winfield told the Gallery that Ella was excited to be a part of the exhibition.

“For Ella to win an encouragement award it is going to grow and develop her interested in art and photography,” said Ms Winfield, “we are very grateful for the opportunity.”

Here is the complete list of all the winners

Excellence Awards
Annabel Cory Under the Sea
Alice Fowles Breathe
Morgan Gander Elton John
Amali Millard Decaying Staircase
Brianna Paradas Withering Lea
Nuala Pierce Mrs Potts and Chip
Jacqueline Richmond-Clay Contemplation
Karl Stidolph The Great Swan

Encouragement Awards
Prisca Albendia Colours of Music
Billy Baker Picasso
Anu Woodruff Becker Elixir
Penne Edwards Colour Magic
William Gilmore Hugh Jackman
Genevieve Hawes A Leaf of Hope
Grace McCarthy 571, 455, 118, 110
Jade Moon Packing House
Rikkie Moon Spring Has Started
Jessica Mullaly Morning Mist
Alex Naughton Reflections
Melody Rampling Tea Time
Lauren Ryan Squares and Concentric Circles
Mohini Sarkar Perks of Being Pointless
Luke Stephenson Technology: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sophie Waples Sit Up Straight (Self Portrait)
Jessica Welsh Girl on a Swing
Ella Winfield The Lizard on the Tree
Lachlan Woodside Mum's Gift

Burst2 will be on display until December 23, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to share the exceptional creative talents of young artists living on the Southern Downs.

The Gallery gratefully acknowledges sponsors Rose City Shoppingworld, Warwick Credit Union, Helen Harm Real Estate, Rose City Artz n Framing and the Barnard family.

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Burst2 exhibition for children under six

2 November to 23 December

Warwick Art Gallery will have a very special exhibition on display until the end of the year and we would like our youngest community members to also join in.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous “Warwick Egg Incident” and this is going to be celebrated with a special display of objects from Canberra. The Egg Throwing Incident is so important is it was the reason that the Prime Minister at the time, Mr Billy Hughes, started the Australian Federal Police. A local man threw an egg at Mr Hughes because he didn’t like his speech and the local police did not want to arrest the man who threw the egg so the Prime Minister formed his own police force - the Australian Federal Police.

We would like our youngest artists to DECORATE AN EGG to go on display at Warwick Art Gallery from 2 November to 23 December 2017.


  1. The egg needs to be “blown”. This means that the egg is hollow and won’t go bad or break in the gallery
  2. Entry is FREE
  3. There will be prizes for the most creative and cleverest decorated eggs.

Deliver your decorated egg to Warwick Art Gallery by 4 pm on Wednesday 1 November with a completed entry form CLICK HERE for the form.

Southern Downs Artists Exhibition

28 September to 28 October 2017

RIMG0975 smallThis is a biennial exhibition and competition for Southern Downs artists showcasing the wealth of talent in the region. Over fifty local artist's work is on display with many mediums and techniques represented including Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

Winners were announced on Friday 29 September by the judging panel:

  • Sandy Pottinger (Arts writer and educator)
  • Sue Lostroh (Director of Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery)
  • Karina Devine (Director of Warwick Art Gallery

Overall Winner

Commendation Award Winners

Encouragement Award Winners



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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