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March 2017

Life After NYC

March 10 - April 16
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Life drawing (drawing the human form in its various postures) has been practised by humans from prehistory to the present largely driven by the ideologies or purposes of the times.  Since the 16th century it has been an integral, even principal discipline of art practice.  As such, completion of a life drawing marathon at the New York Studio School is a mandatory component of its Master’s Program since its inception in 1988. Marathons are held a number of times during the year, and involve ten consecutive twelve hour days of intensive drawing of the model/s.  Rob Douma and Donna Foley each completed a marathon in 2016. Whilst the realities of each were a positive experience, they came away with quite different perspectives perhaps shaped by their personal life experiences possibly predisposed by gender.  Their exhibition Life After NYC explores themes in common from their unique perspectives augmented by supplementary expressions of difference.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 10 March 2017

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April 2017

Art Trivia Extravaganza!

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Come to Umbrella Studio and enjoy a night of fun and laughter at the Art Trivia Extravaganza! Gather a team of six people and  test your arts knowledge – from classics to modern you will have to put your heads together to get the highest score!

This event is a fundraiser that will help Umbrella Studio continue to provide great visual art programs in Townsville. Funds will support the delivery of our core program of workshops, residencies, events, exhibitions and projects that connect with artists, students, young people and community groups, building on our work over the past 30 years.

Cash bar and some light snacks provided.

HINT! Book your whole team in by buying multiple tickets at once below!

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Through Skin

April 21 - May 28

Responding to her experiences living in Darwin from 2005-13, Kennedy’s drawings and soft sculptures are at once sensual, mysterious and darkly beautiful. Using the meditative repetition of her drawing and sculptural processes, Kennedy creates glistening, organic forms that hint at desire and fear.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 21 April 2017

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Artist Talk: Talitha Kennedy

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An artist talk by Talitha Kennedy about her Main space exhibition, 'Through Skin'. The artist will discuss her body of artwork that responds to her experiences of living in Darwin for an eight year period. Audience participation is welcome - ask questions and gain an insight into the concept and development of the exhibition.

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June 2017


June 2 - July 9

Featuring: Adam Cusack, Nic Plowman, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Julie Poulsen, Daniel Butterworth and Joel Rea

These six artists explore the ideas, motifs and images from influential Australian artists, such as George Lambert, Ian Fairweather, Sydney Nolan and Albert Tucker, singling out works they feel they have a relationship with, examining them according to their own artistic practices.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 2 June 2017

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PechaKucha Night Townsville VOL.15

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

PechaKucha Night Townsville has enlisted a dynamic list of speakers for their 15th event. Come along and join in the conversation for bit of inspirational "chit- chat" All welcome! Speakers will give presentations of 20 images, each for 20 seconds.

Interested in speaking?   20 slides x 20 seconds

no long winded manifestos

no pie charts...

Contact and submit your presentation.

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July 2017


July 14 - August 20

Sojourn presents an eclectic selection of large-scale abstraction works by celebrated photomedia artist Shane Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald continues his exploration of the spectacular and sublime through a selection of works conceived and developed during his brief period of stay in Townsville. Sojourn showcases Fitzgerald’s ability to capture the symbiotic relationship between space, place and the ethereal. The works predominately extend towards evocative conceptual representations of landscape and psyche, and the viewer’s collective unconsciousness through explorations in nature and the natural realm.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 14 July 2017

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August 2017

Saturation Point

August 25 - October 1

With an aim of involving the viewer in a visual discourse that invites new connections to sculptural experience and picture making, Bruce Reynold’s latest exhibition includes relief sculpture, relief prints and imagery painted directly onto the gallery wall. The imagery largely consists of decorative forms derived from studies of caves in Mogao, China, and the relief works of Rome, Italy.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 25 August 2017

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October 2017

Of structure and freedom

October 6 - November 12

An exhibition by Christian Flynn and Arryn Snowball. Between structure and disorder there is life, ordered and unpredictable. The state of the universe shifts from one form to another in a perpetual dissolution and coalescence of new structures.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 6 October 2017

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