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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.


February 22, 2016Call for artists: PAINT IT LIVE

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Calling all painters, street artists, graphic artists, paste-up artists, designers, and mural artists – WE WANT YOU. Do you have a project that you have had bubbling away in your mind, but don’t have a space to do it? Have you been wanting to experiment outside of the studio? Are you looking at legal walls to work on? As a way of revitalising the Townsville CBD, and activating the carpark space at Umbrella, we want to invite you to participate in PAINT IT LIVE, a live art event which will coincide with our regular gallery programming. There are six wall panels that make up the carpark wall. Panels will be allocated to artists, who will produce an artwork prior to and during the evening of two gallery opening launch events. Artists participating need to be or become a member of Umbrella Studio and supply their own consumable materials. KEY DATES…
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September 15, 2015Sydney Contemporary wrap-up

We return to Townsville after our first foray into a major art fair successful. We were very proud to represent our North Queensland printmakers and I have to say: they punch well above their weight with original works as beautiful as any at the fair. Not only did we manage to sell some of the works, but we also got to meet with our partners like Arts Queensland and Australia Council, NAVA and Imprint Magazine, and other exhibitors. We learned how other galleries innovate to create a captivating display, and how different the art market is in Sydney as compared to Townsville. Roger Butler (NGA) paid our stand a visit and we showed him the recent works on paper from Jo Lankester, Rhonda Stevens, Laura Castell and the Murris in Ink. I managed to escape early one afternoon and visit “The other art fair” at Central Park. This was a…
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June 22, 2015Look out Cairns here comes Murris in Ink (MII)

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This year Umbrella will be showing Townsville based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island printmakers in three venues in Cairns at the Art Fair (CIAF), the first time art market also located at the Cruise Ship Terminal and Canopy Arts on Grafton Street. Umbrella has represented MII at CIAF since 2009, selling their works on paper to individuals, and national collecting institutions including; National Gallery, State Library Queensland, National Gallery Victoria and Australian Maritime Museum. To maximise sales and promotions Umbrella will increase our efforts with Umbrella member artist exhibiting in Cairns from mid-July through August. Murris in Ink printmakers will launch a collection of stunning new monoprint drawings at the Umbrella booth at the Art Fair. The works on paper were produced during the Monsoon Publishing residency for six artists, who were individually mentored by master printermaker Ron McBurnie. Our friends at Canopy Arts Centre will host, Keriba Debe Nor…
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May 7, 2015Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship Secondary School Portrait Prize

The Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship Secondary School Portrait Prize is open to all Townsville-based secondary school students in any year level. Entrants may submit work in any two-dimensional medium. The only artistic criterion is that the work must be a portrait. Finalists and Prize Money Digital images of all the entries, along with physical works by 10 finalists selected from the submitted images, will be displayed at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts from 25 September until 1 November. From the 10 finalists, a winner will be selected and awarded a $200 cash prize. Key Dates ENTRIES OPEN | Friday 8 May 2015 ENTRIES CLOSE | 5pm Friday 4 September 2015 FINALISTS SELECTED | Friday 11 September 2015 DISPLAY OF FINALISTS’ WORKS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER | The exhibition will be displayed in the Umbrella Studio contemporary arts Stairwell space from 25 September – 1 November 2015. The winner will be announced at a launch at 6pm Friday 25 September. CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW


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