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Brushes and Flashes of the South BurnettMayo Vale painting for Gallery small

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

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

Out. Back.

A Vast Arts travelling exhibition of iconic images of Western Queensland 

27 October to 4 December 2016

COAD Wendy Retired from the Land RESIZEDEach year the Channel Country Photography Competition offers amazing insight into the landscape and people of remote Australia. The competition, now known as the Vast Arts Photography Competition, aims to provide photographers from western Queensland an opportunity to gain recognition for their art and an audience to appreciate the images that capture the essence of the region. The winners and sixteen additional arresting images have been carefully chosen form the Out. Back exhibition.

Taking out the top prize in the Open category in the most recent competition was Tambo local Nadine McLeod with her image ‘Blue Gum mirror’ which the judges described as “stunning”. Runner Up is last year’s winner Wendy Coad from Mackay North. With her bronco branding action shot ‘Winning catch’, Lorraine Kath won the Regional category which was open only to residents of the area of western Queensland serviced by Vast Arts. Runner Up in the Regional category is Inge Gajczak from Tambo and Highly Commended went to Jennie Bucknell from Mitchell and Helen Day from Longreach.

The Out. Back. exhibition was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural, and remote Australia to give artists and communities’ better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.

Image: Retired from the Land Wendy Coad

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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.


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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


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