Textile art celebrated in all its forms

Visual arts add color and inspiration to the Jumpers and Jazz in July 2022 festival. Many months of designing, knitting, sewing and problem solving come to an end as artworks are installed to be enjoyed by thousands of festival visitors.

Wool Bomb Tree Jumpers

Warwick Art Gallery is proud to present the official Yarn Bombed Tree Jumper exhibition for the eighteenth year. Over 100 delightfully unique and beautifully designed works of art will be wrapped around the trunks and branches of the trees on Palmerin and Fitzroy Streets and the car park behind Warwick Town Hall. Entries for the official exhibition have arrived by post from as far away as Lincolnshire in the UK, but most entries are created by entrants from South East Queensland, the majority by businesses from the South Downs , community groups and talented local artisans.

Guided tours

Gallery director Karina Devine will lead hour-long guided tours of the highlights of the Tree jumper exhibition during Jumpers & Jazz in July – dates and times are in the official festival program.

Wide Eight Art Australian Quilt Exhibition

In addition to the famous Tree Jumper exhibition, the Warwick Art Gallery will present Australia Wide Eight, a traveling exhibition organized by the Oz Quilt Network. Australia Wide Eight will premiere at the Warwick Art Gallery before touring the country until 2024.

Featuring small-scale contemporary art quilts, the exhibition features works by thirty-six artists selected by an esteemed jury; textile artists Lisa Walton and Cathy Jack Coupland and Sophie O’Brien, curatorial and learning manager for the Bundanon Art Museum, NSW.

Paper Quilt Community Project – Abundance

Also at the Warwick Art Gallery, a community project that has been in the making for six months will be unveiled. The Paper Quilt Project is a collaborative installation created from hundreds of paper artworks all with the word ABUNDANCE. Children, the elderly, people with disabilities, members of community groups and artists have contributed to the project with works of art which will be stitched together by Gallery volunteers. The word “abundance” was chosen for its positivity, encouraging attendees to celebrate what makes them happy.

Alison McDonald’s sculpture rejecting

The Gallery will also install the incredible Casting Off sculpture by award-winning Townsville artist Alison McDonald. Inspired by the favorite retro Granny Square, this work of art is made entirely of thousands of plastic lids and zip ties. From a distance, the work looks colorful and comfortable, but as you get closer, you realize that the materials used are plastic, hard and prickly. Alison McDonald is passionate about recycling

craft market

The Gallery’s biggest event of the year, the Artisan Market, will be held on Saturday July 23rd. The curated market will feature handmade creations by Peekay’s Gifts, Pullen Threads, Bush Bower Bird, Mandy T’s Veggie Hut and Chook House Art, to name a few. It’s a great day out with live music, a coffee van and a barbecue.

Warwick Art Gallery is open daily during the Jumpers & Jazz in July festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jumpers and Jazz in July begins Thursday, July 21 and continues through Sunday, July 31. The program is on the festival website www.jumpersandjazz.com.au

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