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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


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.

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.

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.

Main design recoloured smallBurst2 Youth Exhibition

2 November to 23 December 2017

Warwick Art Gallery invites young artists who live on the Southern Downs to participate in the second BURST exhibition - a showcase of the creativity of the young people living in our region. Open to entries in all art media including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, pottery, textiles, film and animation.

Young people aged 6 to 25 years can enter
The maximum size of a 2D entry is 100 cm wide | The maximum size of a 3D entry is 50 x 50 cm
A maximum of two artworks per participant can be entered | The entry fee is $5 per artwork
Several COMMENDATION & ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS of $200 & $100 will be awarded at the opening night on Thursday 2 November 2017

A good-quality photo paper must be used for photographs.
Entries using pastel or charcoal must be sprayed with fixative or hair spray.
Only original artworks are acceptable. Copies, photocopies or colouring In will not be accepted. Works from commercial kits or plans are not eligible.
If artworks are framed, they must have two triangle hooks attached 6 cm from the top of the frame.
Framing is not compulsory - works on paper will be accepted. Artworks on good quality art paper can be entered as is - please deliver FLAT not ROLLED. The Gallery will mount artwork if required for presentation purposes.
Video entries must be compatible with Windows Media Player or similar
Your artwork must have your name on the back. 3D work must be named on the base. Film entries must also be identified on the disk or USB stick.

26 SEPTEMBER 2017 Entries open. You can bring in your artwork and entry form from this day. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
24 OCTOBER 2017 Last day to enter and deliver artwork
4 NOVEMBER 2017 Official Opening and announcement of Awards family fun day 10.30am - 12 midday


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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.


Different Perspectives

Naomi Trotter and Juanita Faint

24 August to 23 September 2017

Collage Different Perspectives

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.


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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