Art director Karina Devine at Warwick Art Gallery
Art director Karina Devine at Warwick Art Gallery Bianca Hrovat

Gallery tries to 'find the thing' to draw people in

IN A world dominated by social media, the Warwick Art Gallery is still figuring out how to draw punters out of their screens and into exhibits.

Gallery director Karina Devine said the team's greatest challenge was convincing residents to find time amongst their busy schedules.

From toilet beautification to mushroom foraging, Ms Devine said she didn't know if she'd "found the thing” yet.

"It wasn't a free sausage sizzle,” she said.

Ms Devine hopes the gallery's second annual celebration of International Museum Day this Saturday will inspire the community to become involved.

A panel of Warwick artists will convene to discuss traditions and future visions for art in the region.

"Listening to other artists talk about their practice is great,” Ms Devine said.

"It's a lot deeper than just showing and selling their work.”

The event will give attendees the opportunity to hear fresh ideas, share stories and connect with the wider world.

"I'd love to get people thinking about different ideas, to see what other people are thinking from across the world and maybe start them on a different journey,” she said.

Past attendees have gone on to join artistic groups and develop lasting friendships.

"Our yarn bombing team get together once a month and some will tell me that regular group activity saved their life,” she said.

"It's so much more than looking at things on a wall.”

Ms Devine hopes the panel works alongside the gallery's other initiatives to show everyone can get involved, even if the idea of participating seems scary at first.

"You can't get the full picture on social media,” she said.

"You need to come in and experience it.”

The free education and networking event will be held Saturday, May 18 from 11am to 12.30pm at Warwick Art Gallery, 49 Albion St.



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