Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine could not be more thrilled at the thought of the gallery putting together its own travelling exhibition based on the knitted tea cosies we will see at Jumpers and Jazz this year and then premiering it at the festival in 2013.
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine could not be more thrilled at the thought of the gallery putting together its own travelling exhibition based on the knitted tea cosies we will see at Jumpers and Jazz this year and then premiering it at the festival in 2013. Toni Somes

Humble tea cosy proves a winner

THE Warwick Art Gallery has 35,880 reasons to celebrate.

The State Government has announced that the gallery will receive $35,880 for its Portrait of a Tea Cosy project.

Gallery director Karina Devine said it was an incredible opportunity.

"This will be a really great opportunity to lift our profile," Ms Devine said.

"It will assist us in creating an exhibition ready for touring that will be called a Portrait of a Tea Cosy.

"We have invited people to come along to gallery sessions with their tea cosies where Mark Crocker will professionally take a portrait photo and audio record its history.

"Tea cosy sculptures by Loani Prior will also accompany the portraits and audio histories as part of the exhibition."

Ms Devine said she and the artists would look for more than generic details.

"We are hoping to discover stories about the people who own the tea cosies as well - family and generational stories that inspired the objects," she said.

Ms Devine said the gallery was also excited about the local opportunities the exhibition would create.

"Because we are the producing gallery we will have the world premier of the exhibition during Jumpers and Jazz in 2013," she said.

"It also means we will be able to engage local business to help with the signs and the sound engineering."

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates said the move reinforced the State Government's positive approach to the arts.

"This delightful project will engage with communities and tour to Longreach, Hervey Bay, Townsville, Redland and Mittagong in New South Wales," Ms Bates said.

"THE Regional Galleries Partnership Program aims to increase job opportunities for regional arts industry professionals, expand the programming potential of regional galleries and encourage collaboration between them.

"It also helps support individual artists and attracts more artists to take up residencies in regional communities and schools."

Other Visual Arts and Craft Strategy funding will be distributed to projects on the Gold Coast and in Kingaroy.



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