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umbrella studio contemporary arts


Umbrella Studio Staff Director: Jonathan McBurnie Business Manager: Alan Marlowe Gallery & Media Coordinator: Angela Little Front Cover Image: Adam Cusack, Running from shadows, 2014, charcoal on paper, 75 x 57cm

ABOUT UMBRELLA Umbrella Studio Association Incorporated is an inclusive not-for-profit, members based exhibition and studio space that displays contemporary art exhibitions and hosts a variety of workshops and events. We deliver projects for all parts of our community and support local artists, designers and creative talent to grow in North Queensland and beyond. Exhibitions & Art for Sale We operate five gallery exhibition spaces that present established and emerging contemporary visual artists. We have a large stock of collectible artworks available for purchase through our online shop or in the gallery.

Artist Talks We hold free talks from the artists featured in the exhibitions. Participants are encouraged to learn more by engaging with the artists, ask questions about their work and creative processes.

Creative Workshops Meet and work with contemporary artists and people who want to experiment and learn interesting techniques. North Queensland’s best artists facilitate hands-on workshops that are of a high standard, and reasonably priced.

Education & Youth Umbrella Studio connects with teachers, students, schools, TAFE and James Cook University to promote contemporary visual arts to students in North Queensland. We encourage and welcome visits from schools.

Promote North Queensland Artists We promote North Queensland artists by producing travelling exhibitions that tour nationally and internationally, and support members with public artwork referrals. Keep up to date and stay involved by becoming a member, subscribing to our eNews or by visiting the website:

JOIN UMBRELLA Umbrella Studio is an inclusive member-based, not-for-profit organisation with over 250 active members. Members are committed to the principles of the organisation, and are frequent visitors. Most participate in our activities; they volunteer and contribute to our fundraising events. By becoming a member of Umbrella Studio, you will enjoy a number of special privileges and benefits including: Receiving invitations to all exhibition openings, workshops, artist talks and special events Special discounts for selected workshops and events First to receive our yearly Calendar and Umbrella eNews filled with the latest news, activities and useful information Eligibility to exhibit at Umbrella Studio Eligibility to exhibit in our Annual Members’ exhibition Voting rights at our Annual General Meeting Potential membership of Umbrella’s Management Board Access to professional support services including auspiced grants and development workshops Reasonable rates for hiring the printing presses and kiln Login access to Umbrella website to renew your membership online and have your own gallery page of images 10% discount on all framing at Award Picture Framing 50¢ off coffee at Bambini Verde 10% discount at Nova Comics

Annual membership fees are: Youth (Under 25) - One year free* Individual - $50 Student / Concession- $40 Become a member today by joining on our website: *Voting rights and Potential Membership to Management Board Not available for the one year free Youth Membership

SERVICES Venue Hire - Gallery or Studio Looking for a creative alternative space for your next event? Umbrella Studio has the flexibility of offering several spaces for hire. The Gallery is a suitable venue for cocktail or networking functions. The Studio Downstairs is often used for artist workshops, meetings of community groups and activities to engage all ages and skill levels. We offer basic and tailored packages to suit your needs so contact us today to discuss your options.

3D Printer Hire At Umbrella Studio, we own a Makerbot 5th Replicator 3D Printer. Our 3D printer has WiFi capabilities or a USB cord for connecting your devices. We can help you create that object or model you have been thinking about or wanting to test to make a large artwork. Book in to hire the printer and get an induction.

Framing Artworks Umbrella Studio partners with artist, Jo Lankester, to provide framing for artworks on paper. Jo’s frames are a sustainable blonde timber wood from Kuranda using a white or warm white archival mount board with perspex. Contact us to discuss your artwork framing options.

Artist Papers for Sale Umbrella has a selection of good quality printmaking and drawing papers available for sale such as Snowden Cartridge, Fabriano Rosapina, Hahnemuhle and Dutch Etching. If you wish to make a purchase, please visit the Umbrella Studio office.

27 January - 5 March

VENUS RISING, FURIES RAGING: BODIES REDRESSED Laurel McKenzie’s PhD graduate exhibition critiques representations of women through reconfiguring imagery from Western art history, right through to contemporary gameworlds, challenging persistent gendered imaging traditions.

27 January - 5 March

A WORK FOR CLANDULLA STATE GALLERY Developed as a site-specific installation, Hayley French and Carla Liesch’s exhibition has become a rolling amalgamation of sites and interactions, creating new situations and photographic works at each stop.

27 January - 5 March

COAL SUGAR REEF MAGIK: NQCC POSTCARD FUNDRAISING EXHIBITION North Queensland Conservation Council’s invitational exhibition and fundraising auction of collectable miniature works from many of North Queensland’s most respected artists.

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10 March - 16 April

LIFE AFTER NYC After undertaking a life drawing marathon event in New York City, Foley and Douma have assembled an exhibition of work that examines their respective gendered approaches to life drawing, with a view to explore identity and psyche.

10 March – 16 April

COMMITMENT Paul Mumme’s latest exhibition brings together a new series of video performance works and photographic works, manipulating and subverting the performative, symbolic and utilitarian aspects of hands in order to gesture at issues of the human condition.

10 March – 16 April

SUBURBAN SAVAGERY An exhibition by Al Green. Suburban savagery, one photographer’s statement on the scourge of family violence.

21 April – 28 May

THROUGH SKIN Responding to her experiences living in Darwin from 2005-13, Talitha Kennedy’s drawings and soft sculptures are at once sensual, mysterious and darkly beautiful. Using the meditative repetition of her drawing and sculptural processes, Kennedy creates glistening, organic forms that hint at desire and fear.

21 April – 28 May

SUBURBAN WILDLIFE, THE GREAT BOWERBIRD Laura Castell highlights the beauty of this bird and connection with humans as providers of ‘beautiful’ waste. This exhibition uses printmaking techniques to create two dimensional artwork, artists’ books and installation.

21 April – 28 May

VASILISA This exhibition by Katya Venter explores ideas of women’s psyche, intuition, mobility and ritualistic use of dolls as a guidance. Facebook: Fibres Fabrics

Sharing ideas and techniques every Wednesday at 10am at the Townsville Showgrounds (Enter in the back gate on Parkes Street, West End) New Members and visitors welcome

SHOP ONLINE You are sure to ďŹ nd something special for your collection. The Umbrella Shop has a large variety of stock by Australian artists available for purchase. We have in stock a wide range of artists who work across different media such as; Gail Mabo, Jo Lankester, Aicey Zaro, Alison McDonald, Nic Plowman, Cassandra Roberts, Christian Flynn, Pheobe Paradise and Tommy Pau. You can either visit the gallery in person or shop online. In purchasing art from Umbrella Studio you are acquiring a piece of cultural history, supporting Australian artists, and transforming communities. Start browsing!

DONATE TO UMBRELLA Umbrella Studio is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) with the Australian Taxation Office. Donations to Umbrella Studio Association Inc are tax deductible for amounts of $2 or more. Your gift will be invested in needed resources that allow us to present and promote artists. We take pride in our unique part of the world and celebrate our difference. We strive to create a vibrant city by supporting the arts in education, job creation, skills development and community engagement. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how to make a gift to Umbrella Studio that works best for you. We also have a bequest information pack.

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2 June - 9 July

ICONOCLASTS Adam Cusack, Nic Plowman, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Julie Poulsen, Daniel Butterworth and Joel Rea

These six artists explore the ideas, motifs and images from influential Australian artists, such as George Lambert, Ian Fairweather, Sydney Nolan and Albert Tucker, singling out works they feel they have a relationship with, examining them according to their own artistic practices.

2 June - 9 July

SONG, STEAM AND STONE Charcoal drawings by Tony Fitzsimmons convey a sense of individual identity and passion for seemingly ordinary occupations, be they musicians, mechanics, singers or bellringers. This body of work commenced during the artists’ 2015 Aberystwyth Art Centre residency in Wales.

2 June - 9 July

2 June- 9 July

POSTCARDS FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH PressNorth Printmakers, Firestation Print Studio and an international partner collaborate in the fifth postcard print exchange exhibition to share the diversity and concepts of the printmaking community.

2 JuneJune -99July July

NOMà S Zoe Porter’s practice spans drawing, painting, performance and projection, creating engaging and expansive experiences through collaborations with dancers, circus performers and musicians.

14 July – 20 August

SOJOURN Sojourn presents an eclectic selection of large-scale abstraction works by celebrated photomedia artist Shane Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald continues his exploration of the spectacular and sublime through a selection of works conceived and developed during his brief period of stay in Townsville.

14 July – 20 August

RETURN TO SUMIDA / ON:TIME Using video to explore notions of time, form, and abstraction, Sue O’Malley creates narratives that draw the viewer in to real and surreal moments of life.

25 August – 1 October

SATURATION POINT With an aim of involving the viewer in a visual discourse that invites new connections to sculptural experience and picture making, Reynold’s latest exhibition includes relief sculpture, relief prints and imagery painted directly onto the gallery wall. The imagery largely consists of decorative forms derived from studies of experiences in China and Italy.

25 August – 1 October

OUR ISLAND HOME Three Magnetic Island-based artists, Julie Stark, Mardi Saker & Michelle McGuinn, band together to exhibit in the Access space for their first joint exhibition, showing artworks in various media inspired by their island community and environment.

25 August – 1 October

PRESSNORTH PRINTMAKERS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM This exhibition displays artworks developed from the 2017 PressNorth Printmakers artist in residence program by Margaret Crawford. The artist undertook a three month residency in the Studio Downstairs at Umbrella Studio.



Image: Richard Bell, Kamilaroi/Jiman/Kooma people, Larry, 2015. Still. Digital video, 10:16 minutes, colour, sound, ed. of 5. Writer, Producer, Production Design: Richard Bell. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

6 October– 12 November

OF STRUCTURE AND FREEDOM An exhibition by Christian Flynn and Arryn Snowball. Between structure and disorder there is life, ordered and unpredictable. The state of the universe shifts from one form to another in a perpetual dissolution and coalescence of new structures.

6 October– 12 November

SHOWER SCENES Glen O’Malley’s Shower Scenes brings together multiple strands of Queensland’s most idiosyncratic photographer’s practice. References to cinema, Japanese pop and a playful eroticism converge in frozen moments, crystalised on metallic photo plates.

6 October– 12 November

YOUNG INDIGENOUS PRINTMAKERS In the Vault space exhibition of linocut prints created by local high school students during skills development workshops in the studio downstairs at Umbrella. This is developed as a collaborative outreach project with Gallery Services Townsville.


17 November – 17 December

DRIVE: 2017 UMBRELLA ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION & ART PRIZE The final exhibition of each year is for our Members to participate and display their work. This year’s theme for the members’ show, ‘Drive’ asks members to be inspired by concepts of movement, direction, focus, determination, travel, instinct and any other interpretations of the word “drive”.

ARTIST CONSULATIONS Ever needed a little help or constructive criticism while developing a new body of work? Struggling to wrap your head around grant writing or budgeting for a project? Need some advice on planning for an upcoming exhibition? Umbrella can help, with our consultation service. For an affordable rate, you can have expert, one-on-one consultations with the director or the business manager. Book a session, and get quality, affordable help with qualified and experienced consultants. Membership

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HOW DO I BOOK AN EXHIBITION? Umbrella Studio invites exhibition proposals from established and emerging contemporary visual artists and curators seeking to present new and original work in a professional gallery environment. Umbrella Studio operates four exhibition spaces for exhibiting artists: the Main Space, the Vault and the Carpark. Different terms and conditions apply for the use of each of these spaces. Exhibition proposals are accepted throughout the year, and a Program Sub-committee assesses these once a year in July. Full information about the space sizes and layout and their terms of use, application form and exhibition contractual arrangements are available in our Exhibition Handbook online:






Umbrella Studio acknowledges the financial support of: The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Exhibition Calendar 2017  

A full year of exciting exhibitions at Umbrella Studio! Learn more about us and our services to artists.