Award winning artist to create a sculpture for festival

Alison McDonald's artwork 'Flow' displayed at Bondi's Scupture by the Sea.
Alison McDonald's artwork 'Flow' displayed at Bondi's Scupture by the Sea. Photo Contributed

AWARD-winning artist Alison McDonald will participate in this year's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival's visual art program.

Warwick Art Gallery announced Ms McDonald's three week residency at the gallery, starting on June 29, is to create a temporary sculpture to be revealed on the first day of the winter festival.

The project will communicate the festival's priority to provide visual art that is surprising and creative with the artwork being created from everyday materials.

With this in mind, Ms McDonald has developed a concept with a strong environmental protection theme.

The large work, that will be constructed to fit a site outside Warwick Art Gallery, is titled Casting Off and will highlight the issues of the overuse and disposal of plastic.

"This art piece, created from everyday materials will carry a fun and quirky side that everyone can relate to whilst also delivering serious yet subtle concepts," Ms McDonald said.

"I strive to demonstrate what is possible with recycled materials that are inexpensive and common in every town in Australia.

"At the same time highlighting something that the whole world is grappling with; what to do with this plastic waste?"

The community will also have the opportunity to become involved in the creation of the work as it will require teamwork on a large scale.

Once Casting Off is installed, Ms McDonald will offer places in a fun, sculptural workshop inspired by John Wyndham's 1951 science fiction book Day of the Triffids. 

Workshop participants will install their 'triffids' on one of the palm trees in Palmerin Street to enthral festival visitors.

This workshop will be part of an exciting program of visual arts experiences scheduled for this year's event.

Others include: Colours of the Country III, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival touring exhibition, 50 Years of Flower Power collaborative artwork, designed by Prudence Mapstone, and Yarntopia - a creation from the team who presented Knitchen in 2014.

For the event program and workshop details, go to www.jumpersandjazz.com.

For ticket purchases, head to www.warwicktickets.com.au.

Warwick Art Gallery takes a leading role in the visual arts program for the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival, supporting the introduction of innovative art practice to the festival audience, estimated to be around 30,000.

The gallery has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.



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