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About Our Education Program

Umbrella Studio presents a dynamic program of creative learning opportunities via guided tours, education resources, artist talks, workshops and public programs connecting with teachers, students, schools and James Cook University to promote the contemporary visual arts in North Queensland.  While the Gallery’s programs are primarily concerned with the Visual Arts, many are cross-curricula – encouraging the connection of ideas, processes, skills and knowledge. The Gallery also presents professional development workshops for teachers. All education programs are free, unless stated otherwise — we love to support teachers in developing their own visit schedules and activities to make visiting the art gallery is an inexpensive and educational experience.


The Gallery’s education programs aim to:

Umbrella Studio creates education resources to support some local and touring exhibitions. These resources include suggestions for developing tasks and activities and are provided for educational purposes only. We encourage any feedback to help us improve our programs.

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To book a school visit contact design@umbrella.org.au or telephone 07 4772 7109

Young Indigenous Printmakers

Young Indigenous Printmakers is a free program that targets senior Indigenous high school students. Schools are invited to participate in a one-day intensive printmaking workshop at Umbrella Studio with artists Jo Lankester and a local Indigenous artist. Prior to this workshop, the Indigenous artist will visit your school to introduce printmaking and explore Indigenous culture with the students. Students will explore lino printing, carving and editioning before producing a print at Umbrella Studio, which explores their identity and culture. The prints are subsequently exhibited at either Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Umbrella Studio or The Galleria, Riverway Arts Centre.

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Gallery Services, Townsville City Council, in collaboration with Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, initiates and funds the Young Indigenous Printmakers. The Program seeks to foster and promote artistic development and engage local Indigenous high school students to work with printmaking artists.

Community Education Councillor, Natalie Howard from William Ross State High School wrote:

“William Ross Indigenous Students from years 9, 10 and 11 were given the opportunity to participate in this beneficial program which has been developed to encourage Indigenous students to preserve and yarn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture through print making. The structure of the program allowed students the opportunity to be engaged with Artist, Aunty Gail Mabo and learn in-depth of the importance of acknowledging the effects of relaying one’s story. For many students this was and insightful lesson that reinforced the importance of their obligation to provide responsibility to preserving our yarning and interpretation of our culture. A visit to the Umbrella Studio encouraged the students to gain knowledge from professional Artists of how to maintain and sustain Artwork. This program has provided camaraderie between students from the different year levels and formed a close knit group of Indigenous students that are proud of the prospect of displaying their artwork to the community. It was a delight to be involved with such a well organised and culturally inclusive educational program.”

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To have your students participate in the program, please contact Gallery Services for further information on (07) 4727 9011.