With more than 1000 catalogued works on display, the Downlands Art Exhibition from September 9 to 11 is paradise for art lovers and collectors.
Now in its 30th year, the annual exhibition has evolved to remain fresh and interesting throughout its long history. Under the direction of Exhibition Curator Evan Hollis, the exhibition works with more than 300 local and regional artists and up to 10 galleries to bring the best of the best to Toowoomba. With 11 years at the helm, Hollis selects art that he knows will sell, as well as innovative pieces to educate and excite the crowds.
Art is available from $25 to $25,000, so there is sure to be something for everyone, from serious collectors to weekend enthusiasts. Highlights of this year’s program include a collection of Moorcroft Pottery, work by Archibald and Sulman Prize Winner Tim Storrier AM, and sculptures by Graham Radcliffe and Steve Bodrog. Additionally, this year’s feature artist Leisl Mott (see story next page) has produced a series of landscapes and interior oil paintings exclusively for the exhibition — an exciting showcase not to be missed.
The Downlands Graham Centre will be the venue for the event, transformed into a fully functioning gallery for three days. A dedicated team of volunteers headed by convenor Debbie Carpenter and comprising Downlands parents, students and community members will ensure the event runs smoothly. From welcoming guests at the gates, to serving in the café the volunteers are at the heart of the event’s success. This year’s spring dates make the exhibition an ideal stop for visitors to Toowoomba’s spring gardens.
The 30th Annual Downlands Art Exhibition begins with a Gala Opening Night on Friday, September 9. The exhibition is open from 10am til 4pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. Tickets and information are available at www.downlandsart.com