Recognising and supporting local artists

Sarah Henry with her award-winning entry in 2019, 'A Tranquil Path'.

Southern Downs artists of all ages will be the stars when Warwick Art Gallery presents the pARTicipate exhibition opening on the 19th of November 2021 and continuing until the 22nd of December.

This exhibition celebrates all Southern Downs creativity from emerging youth art to professional practicing artists.

Gallery Director Karina Devine explains the decision to merge the formerly separate youth and adult artists’ awards together to become this year’s exhibition called pARTicipate.

“The young artists work that we see at the Gallery at our Wednesday afternoon classes and in the annual exhibition of student work from Warwick State High School reveals that there are some very passionate and accomplished young artists in our community”, says Ms Devine. “Their willingness to experiment with media and reflect on current events is very inspirational and worthy of sharing alongside other artists. Our Gallery is a beautifully flexible space and I am looking forward to curating the works to present each artist’s work to its best.”

PARTicipate will officially open on the 19th of November following judging of the works by Ms Rachel Arndt who has recently been appointed at the Director of the Somerset Regional Art Gallery. Ms Arndt will be tasked with selecting winning works in seven media categories – drawing, ceramics, mixed media, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles as well as special awards for youth entries, encouragement and an overall winner who will receive $1000.

Unprecedented support from local businesses and supporters from the community has shown how important supporting art and artists is to our local culture and economy. A major sponsor of the exhibition is Assumption College Warwick who are proud to sponsor the awards that recognize local artistic talents.

“Assumption College appreciates the importance and value of acknowledging how the arts enrich the daily lives of everyone in our community. The opportunity to create and view art connects people and gives an opportunity to reflect on the world we live in, and the importance of cultural pursuits in nurturing our humanity. Assumption College would hope that these awards allow young, experienced, and emerging artists to feel supported and recognised in their artistic pursuits”.

The Gallery thanks Assumption College Warwick, Maxwell Lancaster Solicitors, Warwick Credit Union, Rose City Shoppingworld, Condamine Accountants, Warwick Friendly Society, The Hon David Littleproud MP Federal Member for Maranoa, Mapstone Geotechnical Services, Goomburra Valley Campground, Geoff and Gillian Knott and the Goomburra Valley Happy Hour group for supporting pARTicipate.