June 29, 2016Ready to go – CIAF 2016

Tommy Pau at JCU

Well we’re just about ready to head north for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair! This time Umbrella Studio will be exhibiting some new linocut prints by Tommy Pau, monoprint drawings by Gail Mabo, and Alag masks by Obery Sambo and others. Tommy’s new prints are from a series called “Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from the Eastern Torres Strait” which have just premiered at James Cook University. Three prints have already been snapped up by the university’s art collection, and it is little wonder: The prints are technically superb and document the constellations that the Torres Strait Islanders have used for thousands of years to navigate, to tell the coming of seasons, and other cultural activities. This body of work is also available for tour to galleries and museums, so please contact us for a tour info pack. Gail Mabo has produced a new set of monoprint drawings in…
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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.

June 21, 2016Printmaking and Drawing Paper for Sale


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


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


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


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


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 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


  Learn painting or drawing with artist Lynn-Scott Cumming.    

April 6, 2016New Board of Management


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