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Art group wins $2500 council grant

Warwick Artists Group Clare Cotton said she would have more time to work on her textile pieces thanks to the council grant.
Warwick Artists Group Clare Cotton said she would have more time to work on her textile pieces thanks to the council grant. Erin Smith

A GRANT from the Southern Downs Regional Council means the Warwick Artists Group will spend less time fundraising and have more time to fine-tune their crafts.

Warwick Artists Group secretary Clare Cotton said they were grateful their application for an annual grant from the Southern Downs Regional Council had been successful.

"The grant was for $2500 and it is wonderful," she said.

"We would like to thank the council for supporting community groups."

Mrs Cotton said the money would be used to maintain the Willi St studio.

"People don't realise the ongoing expenses you have," she said.

"We have to pay insurance, public liability, heaters in winter, plumbing maintenance and painting the building."

Mrs Cotton said the generous grant meant the group would not be spending the weekends selling sausages and raffle tickets.

"What we really want to do is pursue our art," she said.

Now the group have recovered from their 50th anniversary celebrations they are looking to recruit new members through come and try nights.

"We want people to come and share their skills with each other," she said.

"We are inviting the public into the studio to participate."

The artist group are putting on several weekly classes including life drawing, pencil drawing, painting, water-colour and textiles.

Mrs Cotton said they did not have to be a member to participate.

"If people find they enjoy it they are welcome to join the group," she said.

"It costs $20 for a half year membership."

Weekly art classes

Life Drawing: Saturday 2-5pm.

Painting: Tuesday 10.30-12.30.

Water Colour Painting: Friday 11.30-2.

Textiles: Tuesday from 1pm and Thursday from 9.30am

Topics:  art, council, warwick


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