Toni Warburton is a visual artist, ceramist, writer and educator who lives and works between Sydney and the South Coast of New South Wales. In her work she engages with a range of media and situations to explore social relations with processes and systems within natural environments.
Born in Sydney in 1951, Toni Warburton has a Master of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, 2000. Her work is held in National, State and private collections. Since 1982 She has been the recipient of Australia Council grants for studio development and new work and worked as artist in residence at Griffith University in Brisbane, MS University, Vadodora, India as a Commonwealth Fellow, the Australia Council Studio in Tokyo, a National Parks and Wildlife residency at Hill End and the Flicam Centre in Fuping, China.
Her recent solo exhibitions have been in 2012 Eye of Horus, Articulate Project Space, Sydney and in 2006 lookout at Mori Gallery, Sydney.
In July 2013 Toni will participate in the Fuping Group residency and exhibition at Sturt Gallery Mittagong. She has continued to show with these Australian and New Zealand artists whose work made during residencies at Fuping Pottery Village, China is now held in FLICAM Australasian Museum of Ceramics, established there in 2007.
She continues to research, work and exhibit with the Williams River Valley Artists Project (WVRAP): In November 2013 at Articulate Project Space in Sydney, in 2012 at Maitland City Gallery and in 2011, at the Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney.
In 2009, curator Glen Barkley included Toni Warburton’s ceramics and assemblages in Making it New, Contemporary Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and she exhibited with painter and ceramist Peter Cooley in Where We Know at Wollongong City Gallery. In 2005, she was a candidate in The Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Ian Potter Centre, and National Gallery of Victoria. In 2004 her work was acquired by National Gallery of Australia for inclusion by curator Robert Bell in Transformations, the Language of Craft.
Image: Toni Warburton with clay samples South Coast New South Wales, photo: Chris Ward