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June 21, 2016Printmaking and Drawing Paper for Sale

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Umbrella has a selection of good quality printmaking and drawing papers available for sale. See the below table for more information about what is available and price. If you wish to make a purchase, please visit the Umbrella Studio office to make your payment for paper. A staff member will then provide you with the paper from our supply.


June 6, 2016Townsville City Council supports Umbrella

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Umbrella has been successful in its application to Townsville City Council for funding to support the studio for three years. Umbrella requested $10,000 annually to support its studio operations, which has been granted starting 01 July 2016. This recurring funding comes at a great time considering the instability of arts funding at the federal level. The three year commitment means Umbrella won’t have to jump from project funding to project funding, an unsustainable model for an organisation. A three year commitment means we can properly plan, deliver, and report on our activities, and garner support from other levels of government, corporates through sponsorship, and the general public – contributing to our organisation’s sustainability. Townsville City Council has demonstrated its commitment to the arts, and to a vibrant city.  The grant helps us to cover some of the real costs of running: rent, electricity, repairs and maintenance. These operational costs are…
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May 19, 2016Advertise in the Umbrella eNews

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So you’ve got something you want to share? The Umbrella eNews is the place to do it! We have a readership of over 2,000 people who receive our emails monthly. You can make your business stand out, let people know about a specific event or promote your artwork. What you get: An ad space within the Umbrella eNews (sized 265px (w) x 220px (h) – approximately, this varies from screen to screen) An article on the Umbrella Studio website with a larger version of your image/ad, and text. The eNews ad space linked to the online article which provides further detail in text. (ie: You won’t be overloading readers within the eNews) For an example of how this works in action, see how we advertise for our own workshops! Requirements: Provide article text that is up to 50 words in length. This should include a title and any other relevant…
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May 16, 2016Australia Council for the arts funding result

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Dear Umbrella members, As you have probably heard, the results for the Australia Council four year funding round have been announced, and Umbrella is not one of the recipients. This is a disappointment, however, we are fast to remind ourselves, and you, that we will survive this cut. We would like to thank all of you that have called and emailed (and texted) to check in after the news, and I would like to assure you that it will take more than this to knock us down. Sadly, there are many other organizations that may not be able to, and for this reason we should be angry, not at Australia Council, but the Australian Federal Government, who made these cuts in the first place. In a time that our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, largely thought of as an intelligent man sympathetic with the arts (he is married to Robert Hughes’…
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May 10, 2016Call for Illustrator

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We are looking for an illustrator/cartoonist to create an original work in a digital format. Specifically, the work will be of famous sports personalities and used multiple times across different media (wall mural, colour in books, etc) for the same brand. Interested artists should contact Lotsa on 4775 1981 or email a link of their folio to nicole@lotsa.com.au We encourage all illustrators to provide their details whether they are suitable for this project or not, as we often have requests for illustrators.


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

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  Learn painting or drawing with artist Lynn-Scott Cumming.    


April 6, 2016New Board of Management

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Congratulations to our new board members elected at the Annual General Meeting this year: President – Ann Roebuck Vice President – David White Secretary – Isabella Shatte Treasurer – Chris Mills Ordinary Members – Eric Nash, Laura Castell, Suzanne Schmidt and Velma Gara. Read the 2015 Annual Report


March 24, 2016CANCELLED: Suitcase Market

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    This event has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest and we apologise for any inconvenience. Orginal post below: Are you looking to sell some small art works or handcrafts? Are you looking to get rid of some old clothes, CD’s or DVD’s? Umbrella invites all prospective sellers to come along with a suitcase of your wares, for this mini-scaled market held in the Gallery. You can bring whatever you want to sell – vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper, ……you name it! Stallholders are allowed one suitcase each to sell from. The cost is $20 per suitcase or $15 for Umbrella members. This is a flat rate – no commission or sales tax is taken. Places are limited, so book for your space now! KEY DATES: Stallholder bookings due: 5pm Monday 30 May 2016 Click here to secure…
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March 23, 2016MAKE A STATEMENT: The art of writing about your work

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Below is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘So you want to be an artist & still be able to eat?’ that was published by Queensland Artworkers Alliance in 2010. It’s a really good resource that was written to walk artists through how to find work and get paid, how to establish and grow their arts practice and help with business, legal and financial advice. This particular article discusses how to write artist statements, bios and curatorial statements and the differences between them. MAKE A STATEMENT The art of writing about your work Written by Jessica Whiting There is a popular perception that artists make the work and others write about it – let’s put that to rest right now. Artists are required to provide artist statements and bios when applying for almost everything, and curatorial statements when exhibiting and proposing exhibitions. Despite being so frequently demanded of them, many…
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