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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June 21, 2015Aberystwyth Antics


    Hi Folks, it’s a drizzly day here in Aberystwyth, the art centre of Wales. I landed here three weeks ago, and have been in the studio for two. The locals, both in and out of the arts, are wonderful people, and I have been gathering lots of material to (hopefully) develop some art from. So far I have been to performances by the Aberopera group, I think there may be some of the pictures I took on their Facebook page. Also been on some walks with the Aberystwyth Ramblers (no, not a vocal group, but lovely people). Last weekend we visited a part of the Pembrokeshire coastline on a Ministry of Defence firing range (closed for the day), and saw some amazing scenery, a 13th c farm, and lots of munitions in various states. Two weeks time is an excursion to Snowdonia in the North. I went to the…
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March 28, 2015‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition

‘Art in the Garden’, a framed exhibition of works by 17 artists including the Townsville Watercolour Group 10am – 4pm Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May at 14 Anderson Street, Railway Estate This is the fourth ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition to be held in the gardens of Mo’sart  Gallery at 14 Anderson Street Railway Estate. Seventeen artists are participating, including many of Townsville’s best known. They include Jim Arena, Julie Boyd, Debbie Belcastro, Helen Caldwell,  Val Claussen, Gai Copeman, Marjory Cook, Sally Grattidge, Emily Hill. Jenny Hyatt, Annette Ireland, Kerry Kelly, Pat Lowth,, Donna Maloney, Geoff Maidens, Ciska Mc Cormack, Marion O’Shea, All works are framed and ready to hang. Come and enjoy this stunning open-air exhibition in the garden surrounds of Mos’art  Gallery. See the works in natural light. Works include all mediums, also a range of  miniatures and hand painted cards will be on display Share a…
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