Poultry family portrait.
Poultry family portrait. Contributed

Three creatively colourful exhibitions planned for festival

ALL three exhibition spaces will be transformed from floor to ceiling ready for an estimated visitation of 10,000 people during the Warwick Art Gallery's busiest month of the year.

The Mail Gallery will display Wanton, Wild & Unimagined, a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection.

Townsville environmental artist Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of lids to make a variety of creations inspired by plants, oceans and by John Wyndham's book, The Day of the Triffids.

"Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers. My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability,” McDonald said.

The exhibition has toured throughout Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Victoria, and Warwick is its final destination. Adults and children will love having close encounters with artwork which is kooky, imaginative and, most of all, fun.

2 Global.
2 Global. Louise Allgood

Tree jumper excellence

The Orange Wall Gallery will be venue for a exhibition that showcases one local artist's participation in the beloved Tree Jumper exhibition - created by Warwick Art Gallery for the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival - since 2004.

Artist Margaret Armstrong, from Wiyarra near Killarney,is a stalwart of the yarnbombed tree landscape having dressed the same Palmerin St tree for 15 festivals. In 2018, Armstrong was inducted into the Tree Jumper Hall of Fame for her contribution to excellent Tree Jumper making. The exhibition will include a collection of her favourite tree jumpers . Visitors will be amazed by the exquisite detail of the works as well as their size. One of the largest works will be attached flat to the wall so the artist's method of custom making the jumper for the tree is revealed.

Armstrong's full journey as a tree jumper artist will be captured in a bespoke booklet featuring photos and information about all of her entries in the competition. May Gibbs' delightful Snugglepot and Cuddlepie characters will feature in new work created by Armstrong for this exhibition.

Sorting squares.
Sorting squares. Contributed

Creatively off the grid

Our expanding yarn bombing team delights Jumpers and Jazz in July festival goers with fabulous and ambitious large-scale projects each year. This year's Yarntopians installation promises to appeal to all ages creating a thoroughly charming viewing experience.

With the title "Off the Grid” visitors can expect to see an idyllic scene reminiscent of a dreamy country retreat. Imagine a quaint cottage nestled in an unkempt but productive garden home to a bevy of chooks and a few sneaky rodents. At night it will take on a different and sparkling personality.

Bohemia tree.
Bohemia tree. Contributed

Exhibition Dates:

Wanton, Wild and Unimagined Alison McDonald July 4 to August 17

My Tree Dressing Journey Margaret Armstrong June 27 to August 10

Off the Grid Warwick Art Gallery Yarntopians July 17 to August 24

Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been helped by the Federal Government's Visions of Australia program, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

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