Returning for the third year, the Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail (CCART) on 5 and 6 November 2022 gives Southern Downs artists the opportunity to reveal their process and share their inspiration in a very authentic way.

The concept is not a new one, open studio trails exist around the globe, however people who love art have an insatiable hunger for the stories behind the paintings and sculptures. The thrill of watching an artist create in the moment is inspirational and memorable with the bonus of conversation and connection adding even more to the joy of the experience.

CCART provides a weekend of art themed experiences on the 5th and 6th of November.  There are more artists and artisans working in the Warwick region than people are aware of. The culture of art collectives is particularly active where making art together builds strong bonds and creative opportunities.

By opening their studios to the public, artists share their work and invite visitors to meander through the stunning countryside and quaint small villages where they are located.  Our Trail is named after the Condamine River that flows through our towns on its way west before joining the Darling River.

CCART 2022 will feature new venues at Freestone, Yangan. Killarney and Glengallan.  New to the Trail in 2022 is Paul Stumkat’s studio in Killarney. Sure to be popular with visitors and locals, Paul’s studio is located on the beautiful Condamine River Road. The journey will be just as much of an adventure as the studio and visitors are advised to check the conditions of the road before embarking on what is one of the most lovely drives in the region.

Another two new venues have a very strong focus on showcasing the creativity of residents living in our smaller villages. The Freestone Hall will feature work by two of their community members Sue Keong and Debbie Dieckmann. Sue and Debbie will be supported by members of their vibrant community group, the Freestone Craft Group.

Catherine Elliot is passionate about her community at Yangan and will be welcoming visitors to the heritage listed Yangan School of Arts where she will share her love of fabric dying along with work by other Yangan artists.

Other studios returning to the Trail this year are Helen McConville’s pop up studio at Swan Creek Hall, the Willow Gallery at Killarney and the Warwick Potters Association.

The Warwick Art Gallery have expanded their CCART program with a Pop-Up studio event on Sunday the 6th of November where artists without a home studio will interact with visitors in a temporary setting in the Gallery precinct.  Artists featuring Jayde Clacy (Warwick), Corina Graham (Warwick), the Demented Artist Group and Annette Raff (Gold Coast)

The Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail is an initiative of Warwick Art Gallery. A booklet with information about all the studios and support events will be available from Warwick Art Gallery. Details about the artists and studios are also on the Trail website www.ccarttrail.com

The event is made possible by sponsorship from Assumption College Warwick, Warwick Credit Union, Condamine Accounting and Rose City Shoppingworld. Funding was also received from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support art and culture in regional Queensland.

Full list of artists and locations

  1. Warwick Potters Association featuring club members Penny King, Leah Kelly and Cathy Holmes at 63 Horsman Road Warwick
  2. Sue Keong & Debbie Dieckmann & Freestone Craft Group workshops and demonstrations at Freestone Memorial Hall 185 Paynes Rd Freestone
  3. Catherine Elliot workshops and exhibition at Yangan School of Arts 9 King Street Yangan
  4. Helen McConville demonstration and display at Swan Creek School of Arts Hall Warwick Yangan Road Swan Creek
  5. Jayne Deshon demonstrations and exhibition at Willow Art Gallery 26 Willow Street Killarney
  6. Paul Stumkat workshops and open studio at 831 Condamine River Road Killarney
  7. Corina Graham and the Demented Art Group exhibition Walk With Us at Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion Street Warwick
  8. Judy Currie In Pursuit of Knowledge Excellence and Service exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion Street Warwick
  9. Annette Raff demonstration of watercolour (Sunday only) at Warwick Art Gallery 49 Albion Street Warwick
  10. Annette Raff workshop (Saturday only) at Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre 18515 New England Highway Glengallan THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED
  11. New Public Art to visit
  12. – Tannymorel Grain Shed Mural by Kerry & Malcolm McNichol on Oak Street Tannymorel
  13. – The Hermitage Research Facility Mosaic by Christopher Hulme on the 640 Yangan Road Warwick