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

January 1, 2017Wanton, Wild & Unimagined Touring Australia


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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September 19, 2016Photographic equipment giveway


  Dear Umbrella members, A fellow Umbrella member has decided to give away many useful pieces of photographic equipment, preferring to see them go to an artist to use, rather than be thrown out or sold on ebay. This equipment includes an enlarger, developing trays, film, a camera, a projector and other related items. If you would like these, please email Jan Hynes with the subject ‘photographic equipment’ at Please note, this is pickup only, so Townsville residents (and surrounds) need only apply.

August 9, 2016Notice of General Meeting for Umbrella Members


  6:00pm Tuesday 13 September 2016 Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville Director Jonathan McBurnie wishes to call a General Meeting for Umbrella members. This meeting is open to all Umbrella members. The purpose of this is to ratify a proposed amendment to the Umbrella constitution, which would allow Umbrella to introduce a free one year youth membership to those under 25. The idea behind this is to increase the youth membership of Umbrella, and help foster the next generation of visual arts in Townsville, and to demystify the idea of the gallery to the uninitiated, and let them know that we are here, and we offer so many great events, workshops and services, not to mention a fantastic community of fantastic people. The youth membership will be the same as a regular membership, bar voting rights. At the expiry of the youth membership, a notice of expiry and request…
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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.

April 30, 2016Call for artists: Town High’s annual ArtsWeek

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Town High’s annual ArtsWeek will be during Term Two this year, week 7 – Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May. We would like to invite artists/performers into the school during first and second break (11.26 – 12, and/or 1.10 – 1.50) to perform/demonstrate their craft/talent. The idea is that we will set up tables for the artists to work at, they do not need to prepare/present a workshop, only work on their artwork during this time so students are able to observe artists at work.  Performers (musical and dramatic) will be able to ‘busk’ in areas set up by the school. We are always keen on the whole school community participating in The Arts and being able to observe professionals at work. Parents and other community members have also been invited to participate in activities during the week. We are hoping there will be a range of Arts on…
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April 10, 2016Art Lessons with Lynn Scott-Cumming


  Learn painting or drawing with artist Lynn-Scott Cumming.    

October 27, 2015Castles in the Air

Saturday 7 November – Friday 4 December 2015 at the Townsville Art Society Gallery, Art at Jezzine All are welcome to attend the opening at 2.30pm Sunday 8 November 2015 When you hear a phrase like ‘Castles in the Air’ does an image of Castle Hill shrouded in cloud come to mind?- perhaps you see a relic of a stone pile on a hill somewhere in Europe, or maybe a long held wish or childhood memory. See how artists from the Townsville Watercolour Group interpreted this phrase in this intriguing exhibition of watercolours. Exhibitors include Debbie Belcastro, Julie Boyd, Helen Caldwell, Val Claussen, Marjory Cook, Gai Copeman, Sally Grattidge, Jenny Hyatt, Annette Ireland, Geoff Maidens, Donna Maloney, Marion O’shea.

July 7, 2015More Tales from Wales


Hello fellow Umbrellaries, This wood fired kiln was one of the highlights at the International Ceramics Festival, held over the last three days at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The kiln is the brainchild of Prof. Rita Gudino, from the Phillipines, to find out more about her project and work just look up Lual Kiln. I was pleased to help record the construction, firing and opening of the kiln due to Rita’s photographer having a visa mix up and not making it. The ICF is Europe’s showpiece ceramics event, held every two years in Aber. There were over 20 top ceramic practitioners from all over, and hundreds of visitors saw displays, demonstrations, lectures and all of the trade representatives. One operator, Jonathan Keep, had two  working 3D printers, one which he had made for about £400, they both worked with a ceramic material. Plans are available for free from his website,…
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June 22, 2015Look out Cairns here comes Murris in Ink (MII)


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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