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November 12, 2018NQCC Art Exhibition – Call for Entries

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Calling for Art works for next year’s exhibition 1 March – 5 April 2019 NQCC would like to invite anyone to submit a postcard sized artwork for our fundraiser event next year (limit of one artwork per artist). The works will be up for auction and displayed in the Vault at the Umbrella Studio, Townsville. Artworks due by 18 January 2019  Further details below and entry forms available here.


August 8, 2018CIAF 2018 wrap up

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Umbrella has showcased work by Townsville artists at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) since the Fair began nine years ago and this year was our most successful yet. A diverse range of artworks were featured including prints, paintings and intricate Daris and masks by six artists including Martina Ah Sam, Toby Cedar, Shirley Dawson, Gail Mabo, Tommy Pau, and Obery Sambo. The high caliber of the Umbrella display attracted significant sales during the preview opening for museums, curators and collectors. Of particular note, the Bendigo Art Gallery purchased a shark mask by Toby Cedar which marks its first acquisition of a ‘traditional’ style Torres Strait Island artwork into their permanent collection. Overall exposure for Umbrella artists was substantial, with over 45,000 people attending the fair. Total sales for Umbrella in 2018 are the highest they have been in any year so far which is a wonderful achievement. Obery Sambo…
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May 8, 2018Groovin the Moo 2018

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                  After many months of working on the Groovin the Moo community art project, we installed the teepees on Friday 4 May and went to check out the festival in action on Sunday 6 May 2018. Umbrella did 6 weeks of workshops to create our public art installation for the Groovin the Moo festival. The theme for this year’s festival was “Back to Craft”. Ann Bartholomeusz was the artist facilitator on this project working with Angela Little planning the artwork, delivering a series of community art workshops and then installing it at the festival. We had 40 people work over 200 hours to transform bamboo poles, garden netting and CDs into a giant crafty creation! We gave 35 free tickets to participants who attended 2 of the workshops and dedicated a minimum of 6 hours to the project. With a team of 6…
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January 22, 2018Compact Prints 2018 Registrations Open

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International Print Exhibition & Exchange 17 August – 25 September 2018 Umbrella Studio invites artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in our biennial international print exhibition and exchange, Compact Prints 2018. The exhibition is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional, non-toxic and technological methods. Works are to measure 12 x 12cm. There are a few changes this year! You only need to TWO prints from the same edition and you now can submit up to 3 entries instead of just one. Full details are listed on the website. Registrations opens on Monday 22 January 2018 Registrations close on Monday 14 May 2018 Prints are to be postmarked by 5pm Friday 29 June 2018 to Umbrella Studio. Click here participate in the exhibition


November 29, 2017Call for Exhibition: Expressions of Interest

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Umbrella artists are invited to show expressions of interest in being part of an exhibition highlighting portraits of people who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is an health issue which is often ignored both privately and publicly and it is hoped the exhibition will heighten community awareness. It is expected the exhibition will take place at Umbrella Studio in 2019 but an expression of interest will need to be lodged by 28 February 2018. We hope to be able to provide a sitter who has experienced PTSD if you are unable to source your own. There is also a curatorial opportunity for someone who would like to coordinate the exhibition and curate the show. Please make your expression of interest in the exhibition and any questions you may have by clicking here to email Jan Hynes


May 21, 2017Pop Up North Queensland Festival update

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Expressions of interest to participate in Pop-Up North Queensland closed on Friday 19 May 2017 and we received our target of 30 artists! Thank you to everyone who have shown interest and put in an application! So many exciting and unique applications were received including a wide variety of painting styles, photography, printmaking, puppetry games and performances, textile art, ceramics, sculpture, film, and bar fly talks including a pop-up bar. Artists also expressed interest in holding workshops in fabric dying, drawing, petal couture, painting, nautical knotting, and weaving, woven milk crates and building an onsite Trojan Horse. Pop-Ups will also feature artists in action in areas of painting, printmaking, pottery, drawing and photography such as creating 100 portraits on 100 different lenses (of visitors to the festival)! Several empty shops have been secured in the CBD such as Northtown, Flinders Street, Denham Street, and Stokes Street.  Artists will be given…
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April 11, 2017Groovin the Moo sculpture Update

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After almost three months of working solidly on our Groovin Grub (official name) for the Groovin the Moo festival, the sculpture is almost complete! We have had an amazing turn out from the community to help us create it, with 80 people contributing over 600 hours of their time. The GTM site crew came to visit us this week to check it out. Lynn Scott-Cumming led this project to turn and idea into reality – an outstanding achievement to everyone involved.                                      


January 1, 2017Wanton, Wild & Unimagined Touring Australia

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Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection. Environmental artist Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of plastic lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants, oceans and John Wyndham’s book The Day of the Triffids. McDonald’s artwork sits at the junction of sculpture, consumer culture and environmental concern; utilising multiples of individual recycled materials to create new forms and perhaps re-shape our thinking about plastic and its effect on our environment. McDonald’s own version of the Triffids manipulate plastic bottles into large and colourful-looking plants to such an extent that their original form is lost, whereas large-scale works such as Flow and Global leave the original form intact so we can see the impact of small plastic items on an enormous scale. By converting…
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July 28, 2016Wrap up: CIAF 2016

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The van was a little lighter on the way back to sunny Townsville when we returned from CIAF2016. That’s because we sold a few prints and masks at this year’s indigenous art fair! The clear winner to us was the masks by our indigenous members made in a workshop led by Obery Sambo. They attracted so many visitors to our walls for a deeper look. Children and adults enjoyed them alike! We bumped into colleagues from other galleries, and the Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski and Visual Arts Director Laura McLeod. We shared a section with our good friends from Umi Arts – the comradery getting us through the long days! Our artists in attendance were on hand to share their stories with the visitors and media. A big thank you goes out to the CIAF Staff, the Tanks Install team, and our artists and other partners for playing a…
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June 27, 2016Dry Tropics exhibition @ Gallery 48

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  From 11 June to 10 September 2016 Come celebrate dry tropics, an exhibition from the region. Artists Vince Bray, Anne Lord and Jill O’Sullivan would like to welcome gallery goers on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Gallery 48 from 11am to 6pm. Please phone 07 4728 7203 for alternative viewing times.