February 21, 2018Job Opportunity: Partnerships and Engagement Officer


The Partnerships and Engagement Officer will support Umbrella Studio to diversify income streams, with a strong focus on attracting income from philanthropic trusts and foundations, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, individual donors, and community giving. The Partnerships and Engagement Officer will play a pivotal role in attracting income to build the sustainability of Umbrella Studio, enabling the organisation to continue supporting the development of the visual arts in North Queensland. The Partnerships and Engagement Officer will be responsible for building relationships with decision-makers at funding institutions, develop funding applications and acquittal reports, helping to implement the organisation’s Strategic Plan, and support with fundraising event coordination. The Partnerships and Engagement Officer will be able to identify, promote, solicit and steward philanthropic gifts through various fundraising tactics involving trusts & foundations, corporate giving, individuals, bequests and direct marketing. The role will be responsible for updating marketing materials within its scope, and producing new…
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February 8, 2018Update – Pop Up North Queensland 2018

Pop Up North Queensland 2017

We would like to give interested PUNQ participants an update on where we’re at with Pop Up North Queensland for 2018. We still intend to continue the project alongside the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in July and August and even though the 2017 event was a success, unfortunately we haven’t yet had success in securing enough funding for this year’s event (sad face). The application with Tourism and Events Queensland was unsuccessful, with feedback that we needed more detail in our marketing plan to attract visitors from outside the Local Government Area. There was only one successful application in Townsville and the North Queensland region which was the Townsville Triathlon Festival. The other 31 funded events were outside North Queensland. Click on this link if you would like to see who was successful in receiving funding: The Festivals Australia grant was also unsuccessful, the program received a total…
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February 1, 2018Notice of 2017 AGM


Umbrella Studio Association Incorporated is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organisation, which began as a space for emerging Townsville artists, and whilst retaining this, has evolved to become an important centre for contemporary art in North Queensland. Umbrella Studio recognises the need to build on its past achievements, and to continue to provide support for contemporary artists through its annual program of exhibitions and associated activities. 2017 Annual General Meeting 6:00pm Tuesday 27 March 2018 Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville Election of 2018 Management Committee All members are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the election of the 2018 Management Committee. A list of nominees and their statements will be available below and available from Umbrella Studio office from Tuesday 06 March 2018. If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting, you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.   Click to download nomination statements….
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January 22, 2018Compact Prints 2018 Registrations Open


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

September 18, 2017The Grand Hotel Townsville Artist in Residence


This program is supported by The Grand Hotel Townsville. At the end of October, we will be welcoming our annual international artist in residence, Jacqueline Aust. Jacqueline is from New Zealand specialising in printmaking, drawing and sculpture. She was selected this year for the 2017 Australia Print Council print commission. She will be using the our studio space to continue developing a series loosely themed on ‘navigating’ which has come about as the result of three previous artist residencies in Spain, Australia (The Art Vault, Mildura) and Rakiura-Stewart Island, New Zealand, between 2015 and 2016. We are very excited to have Jacqueline visit and use our studio and hold an artist talk and a master class workshop for our local artists. Learn more about the artist by visiting her website:    

August 10, 2017Creative Spaces – we need your feedback!


Here at Umbrella, we try to cater to our membership as best we can. Something that has been coming up lately is the prospect of creative spaces for rent. With possible opportunities on the horizon and to inform us of your needs please provide us with your feedback in the form of a quick 2 minute survey. Take the Survey

CIAF 2017 Wrap-up

NGV and Collector

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is over for another year. Once again we were greeted warmly by the fair staff and other exhibitors as we began unloading and installing the work. Umbrella again took up the flame as the only arts organisation from Townsville present. It should be noted however that there were Townsville schools present with displays in the marketplace by their creative Indigenous students. Our exhibition walls were directly across from Gail Mabo, who we shared a lot of discussions, laughs, and even tears with. Gail’s work represented the land claim maps her father Eddie Koiki Mabo drew for the courts in the Mabo case for Native Title, and the star which was recently named to honour him.     Umbrella showcased new works by Arone Meeks, Toby Cedar, Obery Sambo, and Tommy Pau which were a preview to a body of work we hope to tour: “Legacy”….
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July 8, 2017Umbrella at CIAF


13 – 16 July 2017 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark Native Title Act, as well as the untimely passing of Eddie Koiki Mabo, whose activism helped change Australia for the better for future generations. In celebration of this momentous event, Umbrella will be presenting at CIAF a preview of some of the works being presented in a forthcoming touring exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo. Curated by Gail Mabo and Jonathan McBurnie, the exhibition is set to launch on Mabo Day 2019, the exhibition will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, and celebrates a complex man for complex times. The CIAF display will feature the work of Arone Meeks, Ian Kaddy, Toby Cedar, Obery Sambo, Tommy Pau and Gail Mabo.

May 21, 2017Pop Up North Queensland Festival update


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


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.