Warwick Art Gallery has been organising the Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail (CCART) since 2020. It is the "little sister" event to the Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail (GBART) and from 2022 onwards will be held in alternating years to GBART. Our Trail seeks to, first and foremost, provide a platform for local artists to share their practice with others and highlight the significant economic and social impact the arts have on our community.
The success of our previous two CCARTs in 2020 and 2021 has established the reputation of the event to attract out of region visitors. Feedback gathered from attendees and participants from these years have also identified that these visitors are spending money on accommodation and meals enjoying the region for a couple of days. This arts driven economic impact builds community pride and activates artists to feel positive about their contribution to the prosperity of the Region.
WHAT IS AN ARTS TRAIL?
Basically it is a publication with a map showing information about artisans and venues including their locations so visitors can plan their own “adventure”. The idea is for people to use this booklet to create their own adventure across the advertised days/times in November.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Artisans residing on the Southern Downs north of Dalveen. Unfortunately we cannot extend the trail beyond the boundary of the Southern Downs Regional Council.
Image: Artist Dawn Head Rose Photographer Samantha Bennett
Launched in 1993 in Gdynia, Poland, the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition is one of Europe’s leading reviews of textile miniatures. The juried event is held every three years featuring artists from all over the globe.
The remarkable characteristics of the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm textile miniatures are significant for their close ties with the latest trends in contemporary art. The artists are given strict size restrictions while being left with a freedom of choice of topic, material and technique; the resulting miniatures serve as veritable laboratories illuminating the new possibilities presented by artistic textiles.
“The small scale lets artists experiment with complex, intricate techniques and use delicate, ephemeral materials. The huge variety of the artists own techniques and fascinating artistic solutions show us that textile miniatures are a fully independent, important genre, full of potential.” Anna Śliwa, Exhibition Co-Curator, Gdynia City Museum
Warwick Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia) and Gdynia City Museum (Poland), have collaborated to bring this special exhibition to tour Australia, It features thirty six works from the Gdynia City Museum collection.
Warwick Art Gallery and Brisbane based/Polish born artist Jolanta Szymczyk have collaborated to bring the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition to Australia in 2021/2022.
36 works have been selected by the curator Anna Śliwa for the tour, in partnership with Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine. They have selected a combination of free standing and hanging works.
Itinerary (correct 10 February 2022 but subject to change)
22 May – 13 July 2021 Capalaba Art Gallery, Capalaba, Queensland
22 July – 18 August 2021 Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, Colac, Victoria
27 August – 23 October 2021 The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour, Queensland
4 December 2021 – 15 January 2022 Warwick Art Gallery, Warwick, Queensland
22 January – 12 March 2022 Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, Miles, Queensland
18 March - 30 April 2022 Gympie Bones Museum, Gympie, Queensland
15 May – 19 June 2022 Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, New South Wales
We are looking for additional venues July - November 2022 - please contact Warwick Art Gallery on 07 4661 0434
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.