Over three decades the Downlands College Annual Art Exhibition has built a great reputation for showing work not normally seen in Toowoomba.
This, the 30th exhibition, will showcase traditional and cutting edge mediums including a choice selection of Moorecroft pottery (with over 100 years’ history of excellence), advanced digital media by Lucy Quinn, fantastic installations by Ben Rak (Sydney) and Christopher R. Inwood (Brisbane) and such contemporary paintings as works by Johnny Romeo and Esther Erlich. Sculpture from the very traditional bronze forms of Jill Dixon to the contemporary and highly crafted excellence of Steve Bodrog, who first honed his metal working skills with Aston Martin Lagonda, brilliant international pieces like the amazing work by Cezary Stulgis (Poland), the unique wearable art of Dan Cox and fantastic indigenous art works by award winning artists such as Michael Nelson Jagamarra and Clifford Possum, this exhibition will offer many hours of viewing pleasure and much opportunity for investment.
As a beacon to our broad variety of works, we have selected an emerging talent of extraordinary ability as our guest and feature artist in 2016. Leisl Mott fuses a traditional palette with a contemporary painting technique to create images that are at both engaging and meditative. Combining expressive colours and gestures to create a very accessible visual image. Leisl will be demonstrating her technique at the college gallery over exhibition weekend.
Also over the exhibition weekend we will accommodate families with our child minding facilities on Sunday 9 September so busy parents can spend some time in our sumptuous space. The exhibition café fronts on to our lovely sculpture court with works by Chris Darvall, Kaya Sulc and Gabrielle Trabucco.
An exciting addition to the weekend will be the simultaneous exhibition space at the Phoenix Sculpture Garden on Mt Glorious. World renowned sculptor, Graham Radcliffe will be bringing several transportable works to the Downlands gallery and has offered a selection of works for sale at his salubrious studio retreat as a part of the catalogued works. This is a great opportunity for Brisbane art admirers to sample the kind of quality presented by the Downlands exhibition if travel to Toowoomba is impossible on the weekend. Graham has refined his forms and crafting technique for over 50 years and his skill is most evident in the mountain paradise setting above Samford Valley.
Complementing our huge variety of sculptural works and set amongst the broadest range of 2D media will be an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary photography. John Elliot, Graham Burstow, Spowart and Cooper, Vincent Parisi, Beth Mitchell, Brian Aston, Scott Bridle, and many more will hang to create one of the best photographic exhibitions seen in Toowoomba – just as one facet of our amazing 2016 exhibition.
Highly regarded artist Stephen Baxter has supplied a wonderful selection of his whimsical ceramic works and delightful acrylic paintings. These will complement some traditional investment pieces by John de Burg Perceval, David Boyd, Tim Storrier, Robert Jacks and Charles Blackman.
Emerging artist of the year form Goombungee, Iet van Vonderen has supplied fabulously artistic quilt work which highlights the amazing talents of so many local artists from the immediate Toowoomba area and is complemented by works from all around the state. We even have a consignment from an indigenous artspace in the Cairns area.
As we strive for an ever increasing level of quality and representation, the exhibition forges close ties with many galleries far and wide. I must acknowledge support in 2016 from 19Karen gallery Mermaid Beach, Watling Gallery Burleigh Heads, Fireworks Gallery Brisbane, Lethbridge Gallery Paddington, Neo Gallery Coolum, KickArts Cairns and MET Galleries Highfields.
Please check our exhibition blog page for visual updates over the coming weeks and be sure to get your tickets to the Gala Opening on September 9.