COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Nikki Malone hopes to invite tourists into her studio for an authentic experience with CCART.
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Nikki Malone hopes to invite tourists into her studio for an authentic experience with CCART.

POSITIVE REBOOT: Artists emboldened by tourism

AS PLANS progress for October’s Condamine Country Art and Craft Trail, Warwick artists have rejoiced at the shot to share their wares this year.

In eight months characterised by market closures and event postponements, the new trail has offered artists a relatively “safe” way to promote their work, according to participating painter Nikki Malone.

“Some of my workshops have definitely been put on hold, and homeschooling has also put some artwork on hold,” she said.

“But this changes the way things have been looking — it’s a bit of a positive reboot.”

Inviting tourists and locals alike in their backyards and workshops would also provide an a more “authentic” interaction with buyers and sellers.

“It's something nice to look forward that brings people into the community and connects within the community,” Ms Malone said.

“I think Jumpers and Jazz is really wonderful for that as well, and having another event that celebrates artists in the community is fantastic.”

Robert Cullen kept busy at the start of the year, crafting this viral sensation.
Robert Cullen kept busy at the start of the year, crafting this viral sensation.

Likewise, Deuchar potter Robert Cullen hoped the October event could better promote Southern Downs artists to southeast Queensland.

“In the past, I’ve been involved with the Australian Ceramics trail but because of my rural location, that wasn’t as successful,” he said.

“I think something like this might be better for a local artists and it’s a great chance for exposure.”

While Mr Cullen said COVID-19 had been “detrimental” for every artist, he’d managed to keep his wheel turning by heading to an online and kitchenware market.

Still, he like many others, had suffered through limited workshops at the height of the pandemic lockdown — meaning that he was more than excited to host CCART.

“You have to try and make the best of the opportunities that come along,” he said.

“Any little initiative like this is only a benefit to Warwick.”

For more information on the many other talented artists participating, head here.

CCART will run from October 17—18, following the Granite Belt Art Trail.



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