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Rose Czarine Albendia

27 May to 3 July 2021

Image 2Rose 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



Robert MacPherson Boss Drovers

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art touring exhibition

3 June to 10 July 2021

QAG RobertMacPherson BossDrovers installationview RESIZEThis 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




Darling Downs Textile Art Group

15 July to 21 August 2021

Jenny Burgess Blue Ridge Mountain resizeThe 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.

DDTAG artists 

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



The Front Room

Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians

15 July to 28 August 2021

The Front Room Promo Shot 1 websiteThe Front Room Promo Shot 2 websiteThe 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.




Amelia Willmer

26 August to 2 October 2021

Foothills Queen Mary Falls for websiteThe 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

Media Release Amelia Willmer exhibition
Media Release Dr Julie Fragar visit

• Phosphorescence On Awe, Wonder And Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark By: Julia Baird



Seasons of the Southern Downs

Allora Photography Club

2 September to 9 October 2021

GALE WARD resizeThe 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




Artworks from the former Rosenthal, Glengallan, Allora and Warwick Shire Councils and the Warwick Art Prize 1996 – 2009

7 October to 13 November 2021

DURACK JennyRegional 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



In Sight 4

Art Students from years 9 to 12 at Warwick State High School

14 October to 27 November 2021


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 




Local Artist Exhibition

18 November to 22 December 2021

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. 

Rachel and Louise resizeBig 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.

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