Jenny Durack North
From Archie's Hill
About the collection
The Southern Downs Regional Council Collection includes
artworks that have been donated and acquired from the 1970’s to the
present day. There are approximately 900 pieces in the collection
including historical photographs made up of works from the former
Stanthorpe and Warwick Shire Councils. Recently the collection was
valued at just under $3,000 000.
Established in 1972 with the first acquisitions from the
biennial Art Festival, the collection has grown to almost 800 pieces,
representing the diversity of Australian Art Practice through the wide
ranging mediums of fibre/textile, painting, ceramics, works on paper and
A number of internationally recognised Australian artists
are represented in the collection with selected works having great
significance including William Robinson, Jon Molvig, Margaret Olley and
Charles Blackman. Generous donations from Pamela Bell O.A.M., and
William Bowmore A.M. have added considerable depth to the collection
with a number of European artists including Pablo Picasso being
The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery continues to acquire
works by Australian artists, with recent additions to the collection by
Ken Done, Jorg Schmeisser and Dr Ian Henderson.
The Warwick Collection
Half of the Warwick collection is made up of Australian
landscapes that were acquired by the previous Rosenthal, Glengallan,
Allora and Warwick Shire Councils. Records as to the history of the
purchase/bequest of many of the early acquisitions are limited however
several of the works are quite significant including paintings by
Kenneth McQueen and Ray Crooke.
Between the years of 1995 and 2009 works were acquired
through the Warwick Art Gallery’s annual art competition, the Warwick
Art Prize. Works acquired during this period include paintings by James
Guppy, Ian Smith and Mostyn Bramley Moore.
As caretakers of the Warwick collection, Warwick Art
Gallery Incorporated resolved to cease acquiring paintings in 2009 in
order to develop a new strategic collection plan with the potential to
include textile art from Jumpers and Jazz in July.